About 70 Department of Energy (DOE) federal employees serve as Safety System Oversight (SSO) personnel, providing federal oversight of contractor management of safety systems at DOE nuclear facilities. SSO personnel ensure that the engineered safety systems perform as required to protect the public, workers, and the environment. Each year the Department presents the SSO Annual Award to recognize superior service. Mr. Ronnie L. Alderson from the Nevada Field Office was selected from a field of nine nominees for the 2012 SSO Annual Award.
He is responsible for oversight of mechanical systems at the Device Assembly Facility, the U1A Underground Complex, and Area 5 at the Nevada National Security Site. Mr. Alderson received a plaque and certificate from the Secretary of Energy in recognition of his outstanding safety oversight work.