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  • Main Title Zeroing in on requirements: Sandia National Laboratories` approach to meaningful program improvement


  • Author: Friend, J.C.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: MACTEC, Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Author: Richards, R.R.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  • Author: Jaramillo, C.P.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Technadyne Engineering Consultants, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Sandia National Laboratories
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Additional Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1994-08-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The necessity to evaluate our participant Quality Assurance (QA) Program for the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project (YMP) against the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) Quality Assurance Requirements and Description (QARD) issued December 1992, presented an opportunity to improve the QA Program. For some time, the SNL YMP technical staff had complained that the QA requirements imposed on their work were cumbersome and inhibited their ability to perform investigations using scientific methods. There was some truth to this, since SNL had over the years developed some procedures with many detailed controls that were far beyond what was required by project QA requirements. This had occurred either as a result of responding to numerous audit findings with a ``make the auditor happy`` attitude or with an attempt to cover every contingency. Procedures affecting scientific work were authored by the technical staff in an effort to provide them with ownership of the process; unfortunately, there were problems. Procedures were inconsistent because of the varied writing styles and differing perceptions of the degree of QA controls required to implement the program. It was extremely difficult to get all of the technical staff to accept the QA program as it was intended. These issues were endemic to the program and resulted in the QARD, the actual requirements, being written by a team of QA professionals. Once new QARD requirements were issued, an opportunity to evaluate the QA Program and to revise it not only to meet the QARD, but also to make it more plausible and meaningful to the technical staff, was presented. The discussion that follows will describe how the program was changed, will present both the positive and negative experiences observed by SNL personnel during the QARD transition, and will provide some recommendations.
  • Physical Description: 7 p.


  • Keyword: Sandia Laboratories
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Compliance
  • STI Subject Categories: 99 Mathematics, Computers, Information Science, Management, Law, Miscellaneous
  • Keyword: Site Characterization
  • Keyword: Yucca Mountain
  • Keyword: Quality Assurance
  • Keyword: Evaluation
  • Keyword: Yucca Mountain Project


  • Conference: American Society for Quality Control Energy and Environmental Quality Division conference, Tucson, AZ (United States), 18-21 Sep 1994


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE94015738
  • Report No.: SAND--94-0668C
  • Report No.: CONF-940985--4
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 145330
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc623386


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE94015738