National Nuclear Security Administration
July 25, 2005
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed 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 NNSA personnel assigned to Software Quality Assurance (SQA) positions to achieve qualification per the requirements of the Safety Software Quality Assurance Functional Area Qualification Standard. In our letter of November 23, 2004, we provided the status of this commitment and projected completion by June 2005.
The names of qualified SQA personnel are provided in the enclosure. Please note that we are maintaining the NNSA Expert Team to provide assistance, guidance, direction, oversight, and evaluation of SQA activities until the SQA is institutionalized at each Site in accordance with the Roadmap for Quality Assurance Excellence provided to you on May 31, 2005. Note also that we intend to develop an indigenous Headquarters expertise in software quality assurance matters. Mr. Anton Tran of the Office of Nuclear Weapon Surety and Quality, NA-121, has been identified to develop the requisite expertise for this longer-term need.
If you have any questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Rabi Singh at (301) 903-5864.
Thomas P. D’Agostino
Acting Deputy Administrator
for Defense Programs