The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter is to inform you that Commitment 4.4.2 in the Implementation Plan for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) in response to Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2002- 1 has been completed.
Commitment 4.4.2 is to identify methods for capturing and clearly communicating SQA lessons learned, new technology, innovative techniques, and areas in software development in which research and development is needed to ensure software quality.
At the suggestion of the Software Quality
Assurance Subcommittee (SQAS) membership participating in the September meeting
Subscription to the SQA list server is available to Federal and contractor personnel involved with SQA. The SQA list server will be used to facilitate information sharing during the conduct of the upcoming safety software assessments.
In addition to the SQA list server, other actions have been initiated to ensure that SQA lessons learned are captured and communicated.
1. With establishment of the SME panel, we have another mechanism to identify and address major software issues that have crosscutting impact for DOE. The SME panel also provides a forum for sharing ideas and proven processes or programs to both DOE and contractor management.
2. Occurrence Reporting will continue to provide an established mechanism to collect, analyze, and communicate software events that may occur across the DOE complex.
3. The Central Registry web site assists users in toolbox code configuration control, provides a mechanism to distribute SQA information, and serves as a point-of-contact for resolving user issues.
Questions concerning this commitment and SQA list server subscription requests may be directed to Chip Lagdon at (301) 903-4218 or me at (301) 903-8008.
Frank B. Russo
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Corporate Performance Assessment
cc: Beverly A. Cook, EH- 1
Mark B. Whitaker, DR- 1
Chip Lagdon, EH-31