For outside-the-Beltway feds, sometimes the boss is a contractor

Tuesday - 8/9/2011, 9:37am EDT

Thom Mason, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Being a federal manager remote from Washington has its challenges. Those challenges are compounded when you are a contractor manager assigned to a remote office.

Thom Mason, the director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, works for a consortium hired by the Energy Department to manage the lab.

As part of our special series, Talk Back to Washington, Mason explained how the lab works and how everyone relates to headquarters in D.C.