Trump’s pick to fill NNSA No. 2 spot secures new nomination hearing

November 14, 2018

The man picked to fill the National Nuclear Security Administration’s No. 2 spot finally has a nomination hearing.

William Bookless, a 32-year senior physicist and 2010 Nuclear Posture Review contributor, will testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Nov. 29. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.

An earlier nomination hearing for Bookless was postponed.

President Donald Trump on Aug. 16 announced his intent to nominate Bookless to be the NNSA’s principal deputy administrator. Bookless’ prospective position has been vacant since Trump took office.

The NNSA is a semiautonomous U.S. Department of Energy agency in charge of the nation’s nuclear complex and related nonproliferation. The NNSA is active at the Savannah River Site.

Bookless has previously served as the assistant laboratory director for policy and planning at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and as a senior adviser to a NNSA chief.

Bookless will need to be confirmed by the Senate before he assumes the second-in-command position.

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty – Trump’s pick to lead the NNSA – was confirmed in February. Bookless’ confirmation would round out the NNSA’s leadership bracket.

U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, South Carolina Republicans, sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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