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Independent Oversight Review, Los Alamos National Laboratory - March 2012

March 2012

Review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Facility Configuration Management Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Enforcement and Oversight (Independent Oversight), within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), conducted an independent review of the Los Alamos nuclear facility configuration management (CM) program in conjunction with a Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) scheduled assessment. Field activities focused on review of the generation and control of design change documents; review of maintenance and modification documentation; walkdowns of affected systems; and interviews with selected staff associated with maintenance and modification of Technical Area (TA)-55, the TA-55 Plutonium Facility (PF-4), and the Chemical and Metallurgy Research (CMR) facility.

Overall, the LASO assessment was competently planned, implemented and documented by the LASO lead using appropriate criteria as defined in LASO Procedure MP 06.02, System Safety Oversight, Revision 4, Attachment 6. The LASO lead was technically well qualified and, based on prior experience, preparation, and knowledge, demonstrated a high degree of familiarity with the TA-55, PF-4, and CMR facilities, processes, and staff.