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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Enterprise Assessments implements an Independent Oversight Program to provide DOE line management, Congress, and other stakeholders with an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of DOE policy and line management performance in safety and security, and other critical areas as directed by the Secretary of Energy. This information provides assurance to our stakeholders and identifies areas for improvement to our leadership to support the safe performance of the Department’s missions. More information about this program is available in DOE Order 227.1A, Independent Oversight Program, and the Independent Oversight Program Appraisal Process Protocols.

Thomas Staker, Director

Kevin Kilp, Deputy Director

The Office of Environment, Safety and Health Assessments conducts independent evaluations that provide objective information and constructive feedback on programs for and performance in protecting workers, the public and the environment from the nuclear and industrial hazards associated with DOE's past and present operations, with a particular focus on nuclear facility construction projects and high hazard nuclear operations.

James Lund, Director

Clay Messer, Deputy Director

The Office of Safeguards and Security Assessments conducts independent evaluations of the effectiveness of safeguards and security policies and programs throughout the Department, including those for protecting special nuclear material and classified and sensitive information, and makes extensive use of large- and small-scale performance testing to realistically evaluate site safeguards and security defense capabilities. 

Fred West, Director

The Office of Cyber Assessments conducts independent evaluations of the effectiveness of classified and unclassified cybersecurity policies and programs throughout the Department that include performing detailed network penetration testing to detect vulnerabilities and risks that could be exploited by sophisticated adversaries or malicious insiders. The Office also analyzes cybersecurity trends and studies complex-wide issues to provide feedback on essential information assurance practices to DOE Headquarters and sites.