About 70 Department of Energy (DOE) federal employees serve as Safety System Oversight (SSO) personnel, providing federal oversight of contractor management of safety systems at DOE nuclear facilities. SSO personnel ensure that the engineered safety systems perform as required to protect the public, workers, and the environment. Each year the Department presents the SSO Annual Award to recognize superior service. Mr. Christopher D. Fischahs from the Los Alamos Field Office was selected from a field of nine nominees for the 2013 SSO Annual Award.
He is responsible for oversight of safety systems at several Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities. His work at the Transuranic Waste Facility and the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Facility were specifically recognized. Mr. Fischahs received a plaque and certificate from the Secretary of Energy in recognition of his outstanding safety oversight work.