TABLE D.1 Comparison of Major Offices at the three Site Offices

Function SSO LASO LSO
Contract administration Contract Administration and Business Management Contract Administration Contract Administration and Resource Management
Safeguards and security Safeguards and Security Safeguards and Security Safeguards and Security
Environment and health Environment, Safety, and Health Environmental Projects Environmental Stewardship
Safety Environment, Safety, and Health Safety Operations
Performance and quality assurance Performance and Quality Assurance Quality Assurance
Operations Nuclear Operations Field Operations Operations Management
National security National Security Missions National Security Implementation
Other Programs CMRR Project Technical Services
Facilities and Projects

Based on Table D.1, we can observe the following:

1. The three site offices are organized similarly, but not identically.

2. None of the three has a senior officer who is explicitly responsible for scientific/technical quality.

3. Most of the organization at each site office appears to be concerned with overseeing contract management, operations, safety, security, environment, and business matters.

In the course of discussions at site visits—including discussions with the three site managers and other site office officers—and at meetings with other NNSA officials, the committee was told that the site offices are concerned with mission performance and the underlying scientific work, but that is not their primary focus. Moreover, the expertise of most site office officers is in operational and support areas (and in business practices and contract performance), not in science and engineering.

Interagency Oversight

The “Governance Charter for an Interagency Council on the Strategic Capabilities of DOE National Laboratories as National Security Assets” (see Appendix A) creates a mechanism for agencies other than NNSA to participate in the planning, evaluation, and maintenance of ST&E (science, technology, and engineering) at the laboratories. This does not supplant the role of DOE/NNSA as the owner of the laboratories, but it brings organizations that had heretofore been users of the capabilities at the laboratories into a more active role of sustaining the ST&E capabilities.



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