Tom Gioconda

Tom Gioconda receives the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Gold Award.

Tom Gioconda, who stepped down as deputy director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in November, was given the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Gold Award at a Washington ceremony late last month.

The award, NNSA’s highest, recognized more than 40 years of government service in the Air Force, the Department of Energy and NNSA.

As a principal vice president with Bechtel National Inc., Gioconda became transition manager when a partnership that included Bechtel won the contract to operate Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Gioconda became LLNL deputy director in 2010. Since leaving LLNL, he has returned to Bechtel.