Frederic A. Morris is an advisor at PNNL-Seattle. He provides legislative and regulatory support to the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Radiological Security and to NNSA’s Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence, Office of International Nuclear Security, and International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program. In these capacities, he has assisted with efforts to strengthen regulatory programs for nuclear security and international safeguards throughout the world and has worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the development of key guidance documents, associated training courses, and other materials, including model regulations.

Morris previously served as the first national laboratory team lead for regulatory development in NNSA’s Material Protection, Control, and Accounting program and developed and taught the International Atomic Energy Agency’s training course on observational skills for its safeguards inspectors.

A lawyer by training, Morris was Washington Governor Gary Locke’s Executive Policy Advisor for Science and Technology from 2000 to 2004. From 1984 to 1991, he was an attorney with Perkins Coie in Seattle, practicing in the areas of energy, environmental, and telecommunications law. Morris is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the World Institute for Nuclear Security.

In 2020, Morris was awarded the NNSA Administrator Lifetime Achievement award and Distinguished Service Silver award. The awards recognize his decades of service to the people and government of the United States of America.


  • JD, Harvard University
  • MA in Public Policy, Harvard University
  • BA in History, Harvard University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
  • Pacific Council on International Policy
  • World Institute for Nuclear Security