Department-Wide Quality Assurance Functional Area Qualification Standard
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Technical Capability Program Policy, P
426.1, issued by the Secretary in December 1998, commits DOE to continuously strive
for technical excellence and establishes the Technical Qualification Program (TQP). The
TQP, along with the supporting technical Functional Area Qualification Standards,
complements the personnel processes that support DOE's drive for technical excellence.
Detailed operating requirements for the TQP and Functional Area Qualification Standards
are described in the Federal Technical Capability Manual, DOE M 426.1-1.
The technical Functional Area Qualification Standard has been developed as a tool to
assist DOE program and Field offices in the development and implementation of the TQP
in their organization. The technical Functional Area Qualification Standards are not
intended to replace the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Qualifications
Standards, nor other DOE personnel standards, rules, plans, or processes. The primary
purpose of the TQP is to ensure that employees have the requisite technical competency
to support the mission of DOE. The TQP forms the basis for the development and
assignment of DOE personnel responsible for ensuring the safe operation of defense
This QA Functional Area Qualification Standard establishes common functional area
competency requirements for DOE personnel who provide assistance, direction,
guidance, oversight, or evaluation of contractor technical QA activities impacting the safe
operation of defense nuclear facilities. Implementing and/or overseeing the quality
assurance functions of DOE O 414.1A and 10 CFR 830, Subpart A, is an interdisciplinary
function that involves many organizational components. QA implementation is not
considered as the sole domain of a single person or component or an organization.
Therefore, an organization may choose to use this Technical Functional Area
Qualification Standard as is, or they may use parts of it to facilitate the development of
their own unique Technical Functional Area Qualification Standards. In either case,
satisfactory and documented attainment of the competency requirements of this
Technical Functional Area Qualification Standard, or similar Standards, provides a level
of confidence that personnel posses the requisite competence to fulfill their QA functional
area duties and responsibilities.