NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
July 28, 2003
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The purpose of this letter is to augment information submitted in response to Commitment 4.4.1 in the Implementation Plan for the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 2002-2, “U.S. Department of Energy Plan to Address and Resolve Weapons Laboratory Support of Defense Nuclear Complex.”
On June 30, 2003, I submitted to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Contracting Officer Representative’s (COR) nominating letters for Directed Stockpile Work (DSW) and to the national laboratory site office COR appointment letters, per Commitment 4.4.1 of the DNFSB Recommendation 2002-2. The letters outline COR responsibilities and authorities in relation to business conducted at the laboratory. Authorities include, but are not exclusive to, providing program direction, initiating timely work authorizations, and performing oversight activities for DSW maintenance and research and development (R&D); weapon R&D associated with safety; Seamless Safety-21; laboratory weapons response; the Integrated Weapons Activity Plan; pit manufacturing and certification, science and engineering campaigns; and readiness in technical base facilities program readiness. Contracting officers will ensure laboratory support requirements related to safety of operations of the defense nuclear weapons complex are tracked and met within the current resources of the contract.
Enclosed are the COR letters from the Managers of the Sandia Site Office, Los Alamos Site Office, and Livermore Site Office, to designated individuals on their staff who will be responsible for overseeing DSW-related work at the respective national laboratories.
We plan to address Commitment 4.4.3 in an NNSA briefing to the DNFSB scheduled for
August 20, 2003.
If you questions, please call me at 202-586-1730.
Office of Nuclear Weapons Stockpile
M. Whitaker, DR-1