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Independent Oversight Review of DOE Headquarters Emergency Response Plans and Performance, March 2003

The Secretary of Energy’s Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance (OA) conducted a review of emergency response plans and performance at DOE Headquarters (HQ) in February 2003.

The purpose of this review was to evaluate the readiness and effectiveness of the DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) emergency response teams for a postulated emergency at a field site, and the HQ Incident Command Team for an emergency affecting the Forrestal building. In addition, OA was tasked to evaluate the current status of DOE’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) program plans and provide recommendations for facilitating the ongoing planning efforts.