Emergency Management Inspection of the Sandia National Laboratories
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight inspected the emergency management program at DOE Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in May 2006. The inspection was performed by the Independent Oversight Office of Emergency Management Oversight. Independent Oversight reports to the Director of the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance, who reports directly to the Secretary of Energy.
This 2006 inspection found that SSO’s and SNL’s efforts over the past year have been mostly effective in addressing longstanding weaknesses. The widespread program improvements observed during this inspection can be largely attributed to the significant degree of attention devoted by NNSA, SSO, and SNL managers in obtaining the necessary staff and resources and providing clear expectations for the expeditious development and implementation of an appropriate set of corrective actions. As a direct result, most weaknesses have been corrected and improvements were observed in all of the programmatic areas evaluated during this inspection.
Section 2 of this report provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the SNL emergency management program elements that were evaluated. Section 3 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of SSO and SNL 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, as well as an overview status of the findings from the 2005 Independent Oversight inspection. Appendices C through F detail the results of the reviews of individual emergency management program elements.