The Honorable Linton Brooks
National Nuclear Security Administration
Dear Ambassador Brooks:
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
(Board) received a letter dated October 31, 2003, from the Deputy Administrator
for Defense Program, indicating that the National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) has finished developing its Safety Management Functions, Responsibilities, and Authorities [FRA]
Manual to reflect the strictures of Department of Energy (DOE) Manual 411.1B,
Safety Management Functions,
Responsibilities, and Authorities Manual, as well as the results of NNSA’s
re-engineering effort. The Board also
understands that you have separately tasked NNSA’s site office managers with
developing site office FRA manuals by
As you are aware, many Orders, directives,
standards, supplemental directives, and site office procedures have been issued
to help ensure the safe operation of NNSA’s defense nuclear facilities. Although some of these documents have been or
are being revised, many others have not yet been modified to reflect current
roles and responsibilities within NNSA. In some cases, particularly those involving
the supplemental directives issued by the now-defunct Albuquerque Operations
Office, these documents may no longer have a clear owner within the NNSA organization.
Further, deviations from the processes
prescribed by these directives are now becoming more frequent within NNSA. For example, neither the parent DOE Orders and
Therefore, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2286b(d), the Board requests that when you forward the NNSA site office FRA manuals to the Board, you include a plan and associated schedule for revising, as necessary, safety-related Orders, standards, supplemental directives, and site office procedures to reflect the roles and responsibilities outlined in the latest NNSA headquarters and site office manuals.
The Board will conduct detailed reviews of any proposed revisions to directives of interest to the Board as they are made available during the normal directives development process, and will provide comments using the existing protocol.
John T. Conway
c: The Honorable Everet H. Beckner
Mr. Mark B. Whitaker, Jr.