IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR
OPERATIONAL CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT
This guidance is appropriate for high-hazard facilities expected to operate for an extended period.
Since DOE facilities vary in hazard level and circumstances of operation, a graded approach to
implementation should be adopted.
2.1 PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ELEMENT
The program management element of a configuration management (CM) program coordinates program
development and implementation and ensures overall program effectiveness. This element leads the
development of the other CM program elements. Development of an effective CM program should be
initiated promptly, where needed, to address known issues, to improve compliance with various DOE
Orders, and to produce the benefits of improved safety, reduced errors, and increased efficiency.
Configuration management program definition and development necessitates the establishment of local
CM policy, philosophy, requirements, and strategies for development and implementation.
Configuration management program development activities should be performed in a phased manner
and should include milestones. Initially, development activities should focus on preparation of CM
program directives and plans. The CM program criteria indicate that the CM program plan should be
provided to DOE for review within 18 months of initiation of planning. Development of the CM program
elements begins after CM program plan concurrence and should be completed within 2 to 3 years (for a
large, complex facility). Program implementation should be initiated as each element is developed, with
full implementation of the five CM program elements, including satisfactory post-implementation
assessment, within 5 years. Adjunct programs such as design reconstitution could extend beyond 5
years. Once fully implemented, the CM program functions should be maintained throughout the life of
the facility. Figure 21 provides an overview of the schedule for CM program development and
In the following sections, program management is described by function in the general order of its
Chronological development. The concepts and terminology, and equipment scope criteria functions are
discussed under program planning.
2.1.1 PROGRAM PLANNING
The CM program planning phase is of critical importance because it sets the direction and tone for future
development and implementation activities. Configuration management policy development is a top-
down activity, beginning with a general set of CM program criteria established at the site/division level.
The CM directives should be issued initially at the highest level of management (site/division) and flow
downward to the facility management level. In contrast with policy development, technical program
planning starts at the facility level and flows up to the site/division level. The site/division CM program
plan should be a consolidation of the facility CM program plans and should provide for implementation
variations for different facilities based on hazard levels, operational constraints, and other variables.
Figure 22 reflects the basic steps necessary for CM program planning.
Through review and concurrence with the CM program plan, DOE acknowledges that the plan defines
the appropriate level of implementation, based upon the CM program criteria and the graded approach.
Once reviewed, the plan serves as the basis for future assessments of program effectiveness and