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DOE Differing Professional Opinions

DOE has established a variety of work processes for its employees (including DOE Federal, contractor, and subcontractor employees) to raise concerns so that they are assessed and appropriate actions are taken. Employees are to use these processes to resolve issues at the lowest possible level. In rare cases, an employee may decide that despite those efforts, there remains a concern about a technical issue with a potential for a significant impact on environment, safety or health.

If you have a concern involving a technical issue with potential significant impact to environment, safety and health and you have tried unsuccessfully to ensure that it is adequately addressed through lower-level processes, please consider whether you should file a Differing Professional Opinion (DPO) through the DPO process discussed on this page and in DOE O 442.2, Differing Professional Opinion for Technical Issues Involving Environmental, Safety, and Health Concerns. If you decide you should, please read the DPO process in the link below, complete the suggested form and the relevant information, and submit your concern to the appropriate DOE DPO Manager identified below.

Submit your DPO

  • Use the DPO submittal form to file your DPO or
  • Use the links below to submit your DPO to a DPO Manager.

TABLE OF ASSIGNED DPO MANAGERS

  If your DPO involves: Submit your DPO to: E-mail Mail
For the Office of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security1 Any facility Jeffry
Roberson
Jeffry.Roberson@nnsa.doe.gov
(301-903-9228)

Jeffry Roberson
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety (NA-51/FORS) 
National Nuclear Security Administration 
U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW 

Washington, DC 20585

For the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy2 Any Office of Science hazard category 1, 2 or 3 nuclear facility3 Andrew Delapaz Andrew.Delapaz@science.doe.gov
(301-903-8225)
Andrew Delapaz
Chief of Nuclear Safety
Office of Science (SC-3/GTN)
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20585 
Any Office of Science facility other than a hazard category 1, 2 or 3 nuclear facility Todd Lapointe

Todd.Lapointe@science.doe.gov
(301-903-9641)
 

Todd N Lapointe
Director, Office of Safety and Security Policy
Office of Science (SC-31/GTN)
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

Any Office of Nuclear Energy facility Kelli
Markham
Kelli.Markham@nuclear.energy.gov
(301-903-9252)
Kelli Markham
Chief of Nuclear Safety (NE-3/GTN)
Office of Nuclear Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
For the Office of the Under Secretary for Management & Performance4

 

Any nuclear facility1 Greg Sosson

Gregory.Sosson@em.doe.gov
(202-586-4505)

Greg Sosson, PE
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Safety, Security, and Quality
Programs, (EM-40)
Office of Environmental Management
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

For All Other Facilities Any facilities Patricia Worthington

Patricia.Worthington@hq.doe.gov
(301-903-5926)

Patricia R. Worthington, PhD
Director, Office of Health and Safety (AU-10/GTN)
Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security
U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20585

1Required by DOE Order (O) 442.2, Differing Professional Opinions for Technical Issues Involving Environmental, Safety and Health Technical Concerns, dated July 29, 2011
2National Nuclear Security Administration
3Science, Fossil Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and Indian Policy and Programs
4See title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, part 830, Nuclear Safety Management, for the definition of nuclear facility.  See DOE-STD-1027-92, Change Notice 1, Hazard Categorization and Accident Analysis Techniques for Compliance with DOE Order 5480.23, Nuclear Safety Analysis Reports, for the definitions of hazard category 1, 2, and 3 nuclear facilities.