National Nuclear Security Administration
November 23, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter provides you the status of Commitment 4.1.4 of the Implementation Plan for Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2002-1, Quality Assurance for Safety Software at Department of Energy Defense nuclear facilities. This commitment required National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) personnel assigned to Software Quality Assurance (SQA) positions to achieve qualification per the requirements of the Technical Qualification program by September 2004.
In a letter of December 9, 2003, we provided you a list of NNSA personnel assigned to SQA positions. We now have three out of eight personnel, two at Site Offices and one at the Service Center, fully qualified. The remaining personnel will be fully qualified by no later than June 2005. In the interim, an NNSA Expert Team, led by Rabi Singh, will provide assistance, guidance, direction, oversight, and evaluation of SQA activities at sites where personnel are not yet qualified.
The qualification status of SQA personnel and a list of Expert Team members are provided in the enclosure. If you have any questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Rabi Singh at (301) 903-5864.
Everet H. Beckner
for Defense Programs
J. Shaw, EH-1
L. Brooks, NA-1
J. Paul, NA-2