Bill J Toth

Group Leader, Threat Reduction Initiatives

Bill Toth is the group leader for the Threat Reduction Initiatives Group in the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.  In his 31-year career he has worked as a systems engineer and manager, focusing for the last 20 on nuclear nonproliferation programs, primarily for the Department of Energy’s Material Protection, Control, and Accounting (MPC&A) program, but supporting and interfacing with other organizations also aligned with the global security mission.  Dr. Toth has worked nearly his entire career with a focus on comprehensive safeguards and security program implementation.  This includes the use of technology for security improvement, but also a focus on programmatic elements such as security organizations, effective training, ongoing performance testing, system maintenance and operating and response procedures.  He has focused on these modes of behavior and understands security culture, not only externally applied, but as the fruit of adherence to good security practice.  Dr. Toth was responsible for the creation and implementation of DOE’s guidance on MPC&A sustainability, which advocated for the sustainment of a level of protection.   Dr. Toth has traveled to dozens of nuclear facilities worldwide and seen many examples, positive and negative, of security culture; and understands best practices.

Dr. Toth holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University where his research interest included Organizational Development, Organizational Psychology, and General Systems Theory principles applied to safety and security incidents.  He also holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee.