July 24, 2006
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2941
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In June 2005, I provided you with a copy of the Department's revised Implementation Plan to Improve Oversight of Nuclear Operations in response to Board recommendation 2004-1. Since that time, the Department has completed numerous planned actions and has learned from this experience how best to sustain real improvement in this area. Based on the feedback to date, we are preparing to make a course correction on our implementation plan to improve its effectiveness and to bolster line management accountability. To this end, we plan to revise our 2004-1 implementation plan and provide you with this revision by September 2006. I have directed Mr. Mark B. Whitaker to serve as the Department's responsible manager for this effort.
The Department is currently re-considering several planned actions in the 2004-1 plan and expects to make changes. The enclosure identifies several near-term actions that are under review for potential modification and will not be completed on the schedule provided in the June 2005 plan. The Department's final decision, basis, and path forward for these commitments will be provided along with the revised 2004-1 implementation plan. In addition, the enclosure also provides the Department's revised schedules for other existing 2004-1 commitments.
Should you have any questions about our path forward, please do not hesitate to contact me or have your staff contact Mr. Mark B. Whitaker at (202) 586-3887.
Samuel W. Bodman
cc: Mark B. Whitaker