March 25, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The letter is to respond to questions I received during my testimony at the February 9,
2004, public hearing.
1. Line Management – I met with Board Member Dr. Mathews on March 22, 2004, to discuss issues of general interest, including a brief discussion on line management. At that meeting, I provided examples of the flow of direction down through the line management chain and the responses back up through line management. Dr. Matthews indicated these were the types of examples of interest to him. It was agreed to meet again at a later date to have a focused discussion on line management. That meeting will be arranged to accommodate Dr. Mathews’ schedule.
2. Waivers to Department of Energy (DOE) Order 440 – I misunderstood your comment at our last meeting, when I said we did not give waivers to the Order at Headquarters, and you indicated that answered your question. I assumed this request had been answered. I now understand that you would like an evaluation of waivers given by the field organization, to obtain a clear understanding of the magnitude of waivers given to the 440 Order. I will restart that effort with the field organizations. I do not know, at this time, the resources and schedule that will be required to meet that request. I will contact you shortly with a schedule.
3. Briefing on the proposed 851 rule – A meeting had been scheduled for February 27th to brief the Board on the proposed 851 rule. Subsequently, the proposed rule was suspended and a meeting was held on March 11 with the Board Members and Under Secretary Card, Chief Council Otis, myself, and other DOE staff present. Since then, several follow up meetings have been held between DOE and DNFSB staff.
4. Management Challenges – Enclosed is an additional copy of the DOE 2004 Management Challenges.
If you have further questions, please call me at 202-586-6151.
Beverly A. Cook
Environment, Safety and Health
M. Whitaker, DR-1