The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The Implementation Plan for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) in response to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 2002-l requires the Office of Environment, Safety and Health (EH) to establish a schedule to develop, revise, approve, and issue software quality assurance directives per commitment 126.96.36.199. At the present time, it is envisioned that the Department of Energy (DOE) Order 414.1A will be revised to include an attachment to address SQA requirements. EH will also publish a guide that addresses in more detail, the acceptable methods for conducting SQA within the Department that incorporates the best practices from existing industry standards. If it is determined during the directive development process that it may be appropriate to put SQA requirements in a separate order, then we will keep you informed of the changes.
The schedule for revising DOE Order 414.1A
to incorporate SQA requirements is
The development of order revision and supporting guidance involves a significant effort and coordination. Please contact Chip Lagdon at (301) 903-4218 or me at (301) 903-8008 if you have any questions concerning this commitment.
Frank B. Russo
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Corporate Performance Assessment
Beverly A. Cook, EH-1
Mark B. Whitaker, DR-1
Chip Lagdon, EH-31.