The DNFSB engaged the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to complete a comprehensive organizational assessment, with a scope of work that includes stakeholder engagement; mission performance; operational execution; operations and management; and increasing accountability. The Academy assembled a five-member Panel of Academy Fellows to oversee the work of a professional Academy study team to prepare this report.
Given the current strategic aim of the Department of Defense (DOD) to aggressively update the nation’s nuclear arsenal through DOE-operated defense nuclear facilities, and the aging infrastructure in the DOE’s nuclear complex, the Panel unequivocally concludes that the DNFSB’s safety oversight mission is as important today as it has ever been in its thirty-year history. The Panel, however, finds evidence confirming that the Board has recently underperformed in its essential mission.
The Panel’s report contains sixteen recommendations, divided into four categories—Board member actions: Working more collaboratively; Enhance collaboration with stakeholders; Refining products; and Reinvigorate board member and staff relations.