Mr. Christopher Johns

Director, Office of Budget, Dept of Energy

Christopher S. Johns is the Director of Budget at the Department of Energy (DOE) and has served in this capacity since 2011. Prior to assuming the Director role, he served as the Deputy Director for Budget Operations in the Budget Office at DOE.

Before coming to the DOE, Chris served 11 years at the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he served in many roles including as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Associate Director for National Security. As the Senior Advisor, he oversaw requests for hundreds of billions of dollars for war funding, the OMB review of Congressional action on the Defense and Military Construction bills, and policy reviews of the defense topline. Earlier in his OMB career, Chris served as a Program Examiner overseeing a variety of national security accounts including Army Operation and Maintenance, Special Operations Command, Base Closure, and Defense Environmental management. He also served as the Special Assistant to the Policy Associate Director at OMB. He received the highest OMB career award for his work on war funding in FY 2010.

Chris also worked for two years as a legislative correspondent for a United States Senator from his home state of Alabama. 

Chris holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Negotiation and Comparative Religion from The American University in Washington, D.C. and a Masters degree in national security from the Fletcher School in Medford, Massachusetts. He has completed his coursework and exams for a PhD in national security from the Fletcher School with concentrations in technology policy, negotiation, and national security.


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