Top DOE nuclear energy official heads for the exit

By Nico Portuondo | 04/15/2024 01:31 PM EDT

Kathryn Huff plans to leave in May after years of leading the federal government’s work on advanced reactors and nuclear waste.

Kathryn Huff.

Kathryn Huff, the Department of Energy's assistant secretary for nuclear, during a hearing in 2022. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Department of Energy’s top nuclear energy official, Kathryn Huff, will leave the administration in early May to return to academia.

Huff, currently Office of Nuclear Energy assistant secretary, has been at the department since 2021 and will officially depart on May 3, an DOE spokesperson confirmed Monday.

“Serving in this capacity has been an unparalleled privilege, and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside you,” Huff said in an email to staff last week shared with E&E News.


“I’m proud of what we have accomplished together and am confident [the Office of Nuclear Energy] won’t miss a beat in my absence,” she said.