October 20, 2010
Issued to Sandia Corporation related to Nuclear Safety Quality Assurance Program Deficiencies at Sandia National Laboratories
On April 30, 2008, Sandia Corporation (Sandia) submitted a report into the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Noncompliance Tracking System (NTS) documenting potential noncompliances associated with deficiencies identified in the implementation of the nuclear safety quality assurance program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The potential noncompliances documented in this NTS report stemmed from a DOE Office of Inspector General (IG) audit (Audit Report, DOE/IG-0799). On May 29, 2009, the Office of Health, Safety and Security's Office of Enforcement formally notified Sandia that an investigation of the issues associated with the IG report and Sandia's causal analysis would be conducted. During the period of July 26-31, 2009, Office of Enforcement personnel conducted an on-site investigation into the issues described above. Investigation activities included reviews of relevant documentation and personnel interviews.