About 200 Department of Energy (DOE) federal employees are Facility Representatives (FR) who provide day-to-day oversight of contractor operations at DOE facilities. Each year the Department presents the FR of the Year Award to recognize superior service. Mr. Robert D. (Dennis) Yates from the Savannah River Operations Office was selected from a field of fifteen nominees as the 2013 DOE FR of the Year. He is responsible for operational oversight of the HB-Line at the Savannah River Site.
The HB-Line is part of the H-Canyon, which conducts hazardous nuclear chemistry, packaging, and processing operations on plutonium and transuranic materials. Mr. Yates received a plaque and certificate from the Secretary of Energy in recognition of his outstanding safety oversight work.