Leland Cogliani has over 15 years of experience working on Department of Energy basic and applied research and development programs as well as national security issues related to nuclear weapons and non-proliferation activities. In addition to substantive, subject matter expertise on science and technology issues, he is also an expert on the congressional budget and appropriations process. During his career at the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, he worked closely with congressional authorizing and appropriations committees, federal agencies, universities, national laboratories, and industry to advance scientific innovation..
Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, Mr. Cogliani was the lead Senate staff member with budget responsibility over the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Office of Science, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and Other Defense Programs. Mr. Cogliani was instrumental in advancing science and national security priorities through yearly appropriations legislation while developing expertise in federal programs across many scientific disciplines, including basic research, Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, and national security programs. He also worked closely with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to assess budgetary and programmatic needs for science and national security programs.
Prior to joining the Senate Appropriations Committee staff in 2010, Mr. Cogliani was a senior analyst in the Natural Resources and Environment Division at the U.S. Government Accountability Office with oversight responsibilities over U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear nonproliferation programs. He authored more than a dozen reports to Congress on science and national security issues, including life extension programs of nuclear warheads, the U.S. fusion program, and the International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear safeguards activities. Dozens of recommendations from those audit reviews were implemented leading to more cost efficient and effective program execution.
Mr. Cogliani earned his Bachelor of Arts in international Studies at Boston College and his Master of Arts in international affairs at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He received a Juris Doctor from Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He is currently a Board Member of the Arms Control Association and is a frequent speaker at science and technology forums.