National Nuclear Security Administration
May 21, 2007
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) portion of Commitment 9B in the Department of Energy’s October 2006 revision of the Implementation Plan (IP) to Improve Oversight of Nuclear Operations has been completed. This IP is in response to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2004-1, Oversight of Complex, High Hazard Nuclear Operations.
The deliverable per Commitment 9B was to “Report to the Secretary on review activities to evaluate implementation of the processes and criteria for delegating authorities to field personnel for fulfilling safety responsibilities and to determine whether all existing delegations of authority to the Department of Energy Field Offices have been and are being made using these new processes and criteria.”
The enclosed report, NNSA Application of the Deputy Secretary Criteria for Delegation of Nuclear Safety Authorities, was provided to the Secretary as a basis to inform him that NNSA had completed Commitment 9B.
As further explained in the report, NNSA has not delegated nuclear safety authorities to personnel at the Nevada Site Office (NSO), pending verification of actions NSO has taken to strengthen Site Office capabilities and capacity. In addition, only limited delegations were made to the Los Alamos Site Office; additional delegations will be considered pending continued progress towards enhancing Site Office capacity/capabilities.
William C. Ostendorff
M. Whitaker, HS-1.1