August 1, 2012
This Enforcement Process Overview (EPO) sets forth the processes used by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Enforcement and Oversight (HS-40), within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), to implement DOE’s regulatory obligations as authorized by the Atomic Energy Act.
Over the years, the United States Congress has given the Secretary of Energy authority to promulgate rules to provide assurance that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
contractors provide a workplace free from recognized hazards, that the operations of our nuclear facilities minimize potential danger to life and property, and that our
classified matter is protected from disclosure in the interest of national security. Congress institutionalized these mandates through amendments to the Atomic Energy
Act, and Congress also provided DOE with enforcement authority to assure compliance with the associated rules. DOE’s Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) and the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration enforce safety and security rules that implement the Atomic Energy Act provisions on behalf of the Secretary of Energy.