National Nuclear Security Administration
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter is the National Nuclear Security
Administration’s (NNSA) interim response to your letter dated
The NNSA is in the process of doing the following with regard to the utilization of the Senior Technical Advisory Panel (STAP):
1. Mr. Gene Ives is conducting an independent review of the current STAP process. We have asked him to evaluate the hiring criteria, contracting authority, performance measurements, safety study contributions, and overall value added. We expect Mr. Ives to give us an unbiased review of how we are utilizing the STAP today and how he believes we can best utilize their expertise in the future.
2. Upon completion of Mr. Ives’ independent review, the STAP Charter will be rewritten and will be approved by the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application and Stockpile Operations. Our intention is to ensure we manage the STAP in such a way as to continually update/improve the Nuclear Explosive Safety Study (NESS) process.
having a path forward by the end of September 2003 and will respond back to you
We will also address your concerns regarding
previous STAP recommendations in our response. Both the
With regard to your concern about separating
If you have questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Chuck Westfall of my staff on 301-903-4051.
David E. Beck
Assistant Deputy Administrator
for Military Application
and Stockpile Operations