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DOE Differing Professional Opinions

DOE has established a variety of work processes for its employees (including DOE Federal, contractor, and subcontractor employees) to raise concerns so that they are assessed and appropriate actions are taken. Employees are to use these processes to resolve issues at the lowest possible level. In rare cases, an employee may decide that despite those efforts, there remains a concern about a technical issue with a potential for a significant impact on environment, safety or health.

If you have a concern involving a technical issue with potential significant impact to environment, safety and health and you have tried unsuccessfully to ensure that it is adequately addressed through lower-level processes, please consider whether you should file a Differing Professional Opinion (DPO) through the DPO process discussed on this page and in DOE O 442.2, Differing Professional Opinion for Technical Issues Involving Environmental, Safety, and Health Concerns. If you decide you should, please read the DPO process in the link below, complete the suggested form and the relevant information, and submit your concern to the appropriate DOE DPO Manager identified below.

Submit your DPO

Table or Assigned DPO Managers

  If your concern involves… Submit your
DPO to…
By email to… Or by mail to…
For the Office of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security1 Any facility Don Nichols don.nichols@nnsa.doe.gov
(202-586-3885)
Don Nichols, Associate Administrator Safety and Health National Nuclear Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20585

For the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy2

Any Office of Science hazard category 1, 2, or 3 nuclear facility3 Carol Sohn
 
carol.sohn@science.doe.gov
(509-420-3281)
Carol Sohn, Chief of Nuclear Safety Office of Science
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 350, MS K9-42
Richland, WA 99352
Any Office of Science facility other than a hazard category 1, 2, or 3 nuclear facility Scott Davis
 
scott.davis@science.doe.gov
(301-903-9641)
Scott Davis
U. S. Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874
  Any Office of Nuclear Energy facility Kelli Markham kelli.markham@nuclear.energy.gov (301-903-9252) Kelli Markham
Chief of Nuclear Safety
Office of Nuclear Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874
All other facilities Patricia Worthington

pat.worthington@hq.doe.gov
(301-903-5926)

Patricia Worthington
Director
Office of Health and Safety
Associate Under Secretary for the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874
For  the Office of the Under Secretary for Management & Performance4 Any nuclear facility Richard Lagdon chip.lagdon@hq.doe.gov
(202-586-0799)
Richard Lagdon, Chief of Nuclear Safety
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20585
All other facilities Patricia Worthington pat.worthington@hq.doe.gov
(301-903-5926)
Patricia Worthington
Director
Office of Health and Safety
Associate Under Secretary for the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874
For any other facilities All facilities Patricia Worthington pat.worthington@hq.doe.gov
(301-903-5926)
Patricia Worthington
Director
Office of Health and Safety
Associate Under Secretary for the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874

1National Nuclear Security Administration

2Science, Fossil Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and Indian Policy and Programs

3 See Title 10 Code of Federal Register Part 830, Nuclear Safety Management, for the definition of nuclear facility.  See DOE-STD-1027-92, Change Notice 1, Hazard Categorization and Accident Analysis Techniques for Compliance with DOE Order 5480.23, Nuclear Safety Analysis Reports, for the definitions of hazard category 1, hazard category 2, and hazard category 3 nuclear facilities.

4Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health, Safety & Security; Management; Chief Human Capital Officer; Chief Information Officer; Economic Impact & Diversity; Hearings and Appeals; Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management; and Legacy Management

For additional information regarding this page or feedback on its content, please contact: Mary Haughey at mary.haughey@hq.doe.gov or (301) 903-2867.