Academic journal article The Public Manager

Comprehensive IT: The National Nuclear Security Administration Case

Academic journal article The Public Manager

Comprehensive IT: The National Nuclear Security Administration Case

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The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is a government agency that recently implemented a project management framework to increase efficiency. Through the creation of project management tools, standards, and best practices NNSA developed what it called G2, a state-of-the-art project management information system developed to manage its Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI).

NNSA established GTRI in 2004 to consolidate efforts to prevent the acquisition of nuclear and radiological materials for use in weapons of mass destruction and other acts of terrorism. In April 2009, President Obama announced his intention to lead a global campaign to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, placing renewed emphasis on NNSA and its GTRI.

In addition to dramatically accelerating GTRI's work, the administration increased the program's budget by more than 67 percent, bringing the total to $558.8 million.

With increased resources, a larger workload and a global organizational structure, NNSA recognized the need for an integrated suite of program management tools, resulting in its development of G2.

The goal of the G2 project was to incorporate all the project management tools into a single, comprehensive IT platform. For the first time, G2 allowed NNSA project managers to quickly and effectively filter and analyze large amounts of real time, geo-spatial linked information and integrate that data with scope, schedule, cost, and infrastructure information for the entire portfolio of GTRI projects. …

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