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Safety and Security Enforcement Process Overview

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.

The Safety and Security Enforcement Process Overview describes the Department of Energy's (DOE) philosophy and approach to implementing its enforcement program for violations of the Department's regulations pertaining to nuclear safety, radiation protection, worker safety and health, and classified information security.  This document complements and expands upon the information found in Appendix A to 10 C.F.R. Part 820, Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities; Appendix B to 10 C.F.R. Part 851, Worker Safety and Health Program; and Appendix A to 10 C.F.R. Part 824, Procedural Rules for the Assessment of Civil Penalties for Classified Information Security Violations.  It should be considered a principal reference for any contractor that is facing an enforcement investigation by Office of Enforcement and Oversight within DOE's Office of Health, Safety and Security.