FE Honored with Gears of Government Awards

We’re excited to share that four employees and one team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) were selected as 2020 Gears of Government Award winners.

These awards recognize individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people. They are designed to encourage a culture of excellence and improvement.

“The Gears of Government Award recipients embody the values of mission, service, and stewardship, and I am incredibly proud of those in FE who were recognized for this award. Their contributions help to ensure that our Nation’s fossil energy resources can be relied upon every day. That is vital to our mission. Congratulations to all of FE’s recipients,” said Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg.

Meet FE’s 2020 Gears of Government Award recipients:


– Leslie Bourgeois, Small Business Program Manager for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), was recognized for providing expertise and management to the SPR Project Management Office, to ensure that the office maintains operational excellence and proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Her leadership enhanced mission results and the accountable stewardship of government resources.

– Douglas MacIntyre, Associate Deputy Secretary for the Office of Petroleum Reserve (OPR), was recognized for leading OPR’s mission-critical work, including the SPR, Naval Petroleum Reserves, and Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve programs. His work championed excellence in operations, budget, engineering, security, environmental, contracting, human capital, and information technology.

– Michael Nowak, Senior Management and Technical Adviser for FE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, was recognized for supporting external research opportunities to transform the Nation’s energy system. Dr. Nowak’s work helped to ensure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies while also enhancing public transparency and fairness.

– Amy Sweeney, Supervisory Natural Gas Analyst for the Office of Oil and Natural Gas, was recognized for supporting DOE’s goal of promoting exports of domestically produced hydrocarbons and fossil energy technologies. Her leadership provided a stable and transparent regulatory environment that has given the natural gas industry a predictable platform and confidence in its transactions.


The St. James Facility Lease team was recognized for managing a complex leasing strategy as part of the SPR. The team’s work ensured accountable stewardship and provided protection from potential petroleum supply interruptions. Congratulations to Lansen Barrow, Tyrone Doss, Steve Gauthe, Kelly Gele, Lionel Gele, Roy Habbaz, Kelly O’Shaughnessy, Marc Pizzeck, and Christopher Roark.

Visit the Gears of Government Awards Hall of Winners page for more information. And, once again, congratulations to our FE recipients!