DOE has established a variety of work processes for its employees (including DOE Federal, contractor, and subcontractor employees) to raise concerns so that they are assessed and appropriate actions are taken. Employees are to use these processes to resolve issues at the lowest possible level. In rare cases, an employee may decide that despite those efforts, there remains a concern about a technical issue with a potential for a significant impact on environment, safety or health.
If you have a concern involving a technical issue with potential significant impact to environment, safety and health and you have tried unsuccessfully to ensure that it is adequately addressed through lower-level processes, please consider whether you should file a Differing Professional Opinion (DPO) through the DPO process discussed on this page and in DOE O 442.2 Chg 1 (PgChg), Differing Professional Opinions for Technical Issues Involving Environmental, Safety, and Health Technical Concerns. If you decide you should, please read the DPO process in the link below, complete the suggested form and the relevant information, and submit your concern to the appropriate DOE DPO Manager identified below.
Submit your DPO
- Use the DPO submittal form to file your DPO or
- Use the links below to submit your DPO to a DPO Manager.
TABLE OF ASSIGNED DPO MANAGERS
IF YOUR DPO INVOLVES:
SUBMIT YOUR DPO TO:
For the Office of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security1
For the Office of the Under Secretary for Science
Any Office of Science hazard category 1, 2 or 3 nuclear facility2
Any Office of Science facility other than a hazard category 1, 2 or 3 nuclear facility
Any Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management nuclear facility
Brenda L. Hawks, Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Field Operations Oversight/Chief of Nuclear Safety (EM-3.11)
For the Office of the Under Secretary of Energy
Any Office of Nuclear Energy facility
Robert (Bob) Boston, PE CHP Manager
For any other facilities not covered above or safety/health concerns not associated with a facility
Any other facility not covered above or safety/health concerns not associated with a facility
1National Nuclear Security Administration
2See title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, part 830, Nuclear Safety Management, for the definition of nuclear facility. See DOE-STD-1027-92, Change Notice 1, Hazard Categorization and Accident Analysis Techniques for Compliance with DOE Order 5480.23, Nuclear Safety Analysis Reports, for the definitions of hazard category 1, 2, and 3 nuclear facilities.