February 2024,

Independent Assessment of Work Planning and Control at the Nevada National Security Sites National Criticality Experiments Research Center

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) conducted an independent assessment of work planning and control (WP&C) at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center (NCERC) in September and October 2023. The Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) requested this assessment to benchmark current WP&C coordination of the various participating organizations. A memorandum of agreement between NA-LA and the Nevada Field Office (NFO) is in place to provide for the safe, secure, and compliant execution of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) work at Nevada National Security Sites (NNSS). The assessment evaluated NCERC’s established WP&C processes and implementation of the integrated safety management system core functions: define the scope of work, identify and analyze hazards, develop and implement hazard controls, perform work safely within controls, and provide feedback and make improvements. The assessment included the evaluation of activity-level work and the Federal oversight provided by NFO.