Mr. David E. Beck
Assistant Deputy Administrator for
Military Applications and Stockpile Operations
National Nuclear Security Administration
Dear Mr. Beck:
The Board observes that NNSA now has sufficient data to devise a course of action to improve NESS operations and processes—the recommendation of the STAP, as discussed in the Board letter of July 9, 2003, and the assessment provided by Mr. Ives. The Board agrees with Mr. Ives’ conclusion that responsibility for this process must be maintained, at a minimum, at the level of your office. Therefore, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2286b(d), the Board wishes to be informed within 60 days of receipt of this letter regarding the actions you will take to address identified shortcomings and enhance the NESS process. In your response please include the schedule for completing the identified actions.
John T. Conway
c: The Honorable Everet H. Beckner
Mr. Mark B. Whitaker, Jr.