November 29, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2941
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Office of Environmental Management (EM) portion of Commitment 4.1.4 in the Department of Energy’s Software Quality Assurance (SQA) implementation plan of March 13, 2003, has been completed. This plan was in response to Board Recommendation 2002-1, Quality Assurance for Safety Software at Department of Energy Defense Nuclear Facilities.
Each EM non-closure site now has at least one qualified SQA person available. As delineated in my letter of October 1, 2004, the EM closure sites’ offices (Rocky Flats and Ohio) will not maintain a fully qualified Subject Matter Expert; SQA services will be provided by qualified personnel as needed. Headquarters has three people that have met 9 of the 12 competencies, and one person is fully qualified in SQA.
If you have any questions, please call me at (202) 586-0738 or Ms. Patrice Bubar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Integrated Safety Management and Operations Oversight, at (202) 586-5151.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
cc: Patrice Bubar, EM-3.2
Mark Whitaker, DR-1
John Shaw, EH-1