The assessment should be co-chaired by DOE and DoD. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and other major stakeholders in NNSA operations should be consulted, as needed.
The assessment chairs should report to OMB and the National Security Council (NSC) staff in four major phases as follows:
- Identify Structure (by March 2, 2009): Specify lead offices within each Department and NNSA, the approach to the assessment, the organizations to be involved (including outside advisors), the structure of the assessment (including subgroups and review panels), and the timeline for completing the assessment.
- Provide Study Outline (by May 8, 2009): Identify the alternatives to be assessed, key assumptions, proposed structure of the final report, significant issues involved in a transfer (including statutory or regulatory changes), and data and analysis that will be required to complete the study.
- Brief Emerging Results (by August 7, 2009): Brief OMB and NSC on the emerging results of the study, including recommended courses of action.
- Submit Final Report (by September 30, 2009): Submit to OMB a written final report including discussion of significant issues, alternatives considered, an assessment of their advantages and disadvantages including budget implications, and recommendations for a path forward.