The Department of Energy’s (DOE or Department) Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) supports the President’s and Secretary of Energy’s priorities for maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation, overseeing the United States’ energy supply, carrying out the environmental clean-up from the Cold War nuclear mission, and supporting DOE’s 17 National Laboratories. EA performs independent assessments for DOE senior leadership that report on whether national security material and information assets are appropriately protected and whether Departmental operations provide for the safety of its employees and the public. In addition, EA implements congressionally-authorized contractor enforcement programs, operates the DOE National Training Center (NTC), and maintains collaborative relationships within and outside the Department. Because EA reports directly to the Office of the Secretary, it is organizationally independent of the DOE entities that develop and implement security and safety policy and programs and can therefore provide a “check and balance” function by objectively: 1) observing and reporting on the performance of DOE Federal and contractor organizations’ implementation of security and safety policies and programs, 2) applying enforcement actions to contractor organizations for poor performance in adhering to legally enforceable security and safety requirements, and 3) developing and delivering security and safety training programs that reflect best practices and lessons learned from EA independent assessments to enhance workforce performance. EA activities complement, but do not replace the responsibility of DOE line management to ensure compliance with security and safety requirements.
EA's Current Key Initiatives Are:
- Strengthening the Department’s ability to protect national security assets (special nuclear material [SNM], controlled unclassified information, and classified matter) by:
- Conducting comprehensive independent security performance assessments and follow-up assessments at DOE National Security / Category I SNM sites (those with high value assets),
- Utilizing “limited notice” performance tests to provide accurate, up-to-date assessments of DOE site security response capabilities, and
- Increasing focus on insider threats from employees who may seek to compromise national security and/or the ability of the Department to meet its mission goals.
- Protecting the Department’s information systems by conducting and reporting on the results of comprehensive independent cybersecurity performance assessments and unannounced “red team” performance testing to improve systems against external and internal attacks.
- Supporting the Department’s nuclear weapons complex and clean-up operations by conducting nuclear safety, worker safety and health, and emergency management performance assessments of:
- High hazard nuclear construction projects and operations; e.g., at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, Savannah River Site, Hanford Site, and Idaho National Laboratory, and
- The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in support of resumed operations.
- Supporting and promoting secure and safe operations throughout the Department by:
- Maintaining and operating the NTC, providing relevant security and training programs, and implementing the training reciprocity program to enhance performance and increase operational efficiency and effectiveness across the Department, and
- Administering the DOE contractor Enforcement Program for violations of the Department’s security and safety regulations.