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Independent Oversight Inspection, Los Alamos National Laboratory - February 2007

February 2007

Inspection of Emergency Management at the Los Alamos Site Office and Los Alamos National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight inspected the emergency management program at DOE’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in October-November 2006. The inspection was performed as a joint effort by Independent Oversight’s Office of Safeguards and Security Evaluations (HS-61), Office of Cyber Security (HS-62), and Office of Emergency Management Oversight (HS-63). This volume discusses the results of the review of the LASO and LANL emergency management programs.

This 2006 inspection found that LANL’s efforts to move to a systematic response system based on a comprehensive, well-integrated set of procedures, job aids, responder training, and reliable mechanisms for identifying and addressing program weaknesses have had very limited success to date. Consequently, the LANL emergency response program remains largely expert-based, and most of the weaknesses identified in 2002 remain essentially unchanged.

Section 2 of this report provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the LANL emergency management program elements that were evaluated. Section 3 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of LASO and LANL management of the emergency management program. Section 4 presents the ratings assigned as a result of this inspection. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B identifies the findings that require corrective action and follow-up. Appendices C through F detail the results of the reviews of individual emergency management program elements.