management will review the contractor's ISM plan and selected work plans and the
contractor's implementation of those plans. Under ISM principles the Department
depends on aggressive self-assessment by the contractor in combination with its own
management reviews and independent oversight assessments. Performance incentives
encourage effective self-assessment and self-improvement but if these are
unsuccessful, the Department will expand its own line management and independent
What has to be in the authorization agreement called for in the ISM DEAR clause?
An authorization agreement establishes the conditions for the authorization of work. The
details of a specific agreement are locally tailored to factors such as agency risk
exposure, threat to mission completion or safety performance trends that might impede
that standards-based work plan. It should define limiting conditions of normal
operations, approval conditions that may not be changed without prior Department
approval, and conditions that may be acceptably changed by the contractor with only
subsequent notice to the Department.
How do DOE and the contractor come to agreement called for by the ISM DEAR clause?
There are many ways for the Department and the contractor to come to agreement.
Each time a contract or a work authorization is signed, an agreement has been reached.
The N&S Closure Process is used by the Department and contractor line management
as a mechanism to focus on the work and hazards and on planning as the basis for
achieving adequate protection. The agreements called for in the ISM DEAR clause are
considered to be anchored in the Annual Program and Budget guidance process and
therefore include both relatively fixed (e.g., infrastructure standards) and dynamic
How long will it take to develop a set of standards?
Clearly, there is not a definitive answer to this question, because applications of the
Process will vary widely in scope and complexity. The level of effort required for contract