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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 Security An 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 Science and Energy

Any Office of Science hazard category 1, 2, or 3 nuclear facility[1] Carol Sohn
 
carol.sohn@pnso.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
For DOE facilities under the Office
of the Under Secretary 2
A nuclear 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
A facility other than a nuclear
facility
William Eckroade william.eckroade@hq.doe.gov
(202-287-5403)
William Eckroade
Principal Deputy Chief for Mission Support Operations
Office of Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20585
For DOE facilities under the
purview of the Under
Secretary for Nuclear Security other than NNSA facilities3
A nuclear facility other than an NNSA 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
A non-nuclear facility other than an NNSA facility William Eckroade william.eckroade@hq.doe.gov
(202-287-5403)
William Eckroade
Principal Deputy Chief for Mission Support Operations
Office of Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20585
For DOE facilities
other than under the
purview of SC,
the Under Secretary
for Nuclear Security,
or Office of the
Under Secretary of Energy 4
All facilities William Eckroade william.eckroade@hq.doe.gov
(202-287-5403)
William Eckroade
Principal Deputy Chief for Mission Support Operations
Office of Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20585

1 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.

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.