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Allison Bawden

Director, Natural Resources and Environment

Areas of Expertise:

  • DOE management and contracting
  • Nuclear nonproliferation
  • Radiological security
  • U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and weapons laboratory management

Allison Bawden is a Director in GAO's Natural Resources and Environment team. She is one of two directors responsible for our international nuclear security and cleanup work — specifically our work related to the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, the security of radiological materials, environmental cleanup at former and current weapons research and production sites, and Department of Energy management and contracting issues.

Allison began her career at GAO in 2004 where she initially focused on the U.S. defense industrial base. Prior to joining GAO, she managed programs and special projects at a Washington, DC-based think tank.

Allison graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, and earned a master's degree in public administration from American University. She also completed graduate course work in national security studies at the United States Naval War College and a specialization in design thinking and innovation through the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Executive Education program. Recently, Allison became an adjunct professional lecturer in American University's Master of Public Policy and Administration Program, where she instructs the program's capstone practicum.


High-Risk Radioactive Material Disposal
Nuclear Weapons Cybersecurity
Preventing A Dirty Bomb—Vulnerabilities Persist in Oversight of Licensing for Purchases of High-Risk Radioactive Materials
Reducing the Use of Radioactive Materials