National Nuclear Security Administration
February 28, 2005
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In a letter dated October 21, 2004, the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs advised you of our plans to revise the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Safety Management Functions, Responsibilities and Authorities Manual (FRAM) by February 28, 2005. †Enclosed for your information is Revision 1 of the NNSA FRAM. †As previously described, the NNSA Site Offices will update their FRAMs within 90 days.
The NNSA FRAM has been revised to reflect recent organizational changes and responsibilities, specifically those involving the Central Technical Authority and Chief of Defense Nuclear Safety. †Also, it has been revised to include nuclear facility quality assurance and safety software quality assurance responsibilities and authorities. †As such, it meets our commitments, contained in the Departmentís Quality Assurance Improvement Plan for Defense Nuclear Facilities and the Implementation Plan for Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 2002-1, Quality Assurance for Safety Software at Department of Energy Defense Nuclear Facilities, for updating the NNSA FRAM.
The NNSA FRAM is a living document and will be periodically revised to reflect safety management functional changes, as they evolve. †For example, any further changes resulting from the implementation of DNFSB Recommendation 2004-1, Oversight of Complex, High Hazard Nuclear Operations, and the issuance of a revision to the Departmentís FRAM will be incorporated into a future revision of the NNSA FRAM.
If you have any questions regarding this revision to the NNSA FRAM, please have your staff contact Rabi Singh of my staff at (301) 903-5864.
Linton F. Brooks
M. Whitaker, DR-1