To ensure that the best work is being done at Fermilab and to confirm that the laboratory is meeting its contractual requirements as well as applicable laws, regulations and DOE directives, the laboratory does management and independent assessments. Each assessment evaluates a system, program or process in a limited time.
While those assessments are necessary to identify strengths, areas needing improvement and potential problems, assessments can sometimes overlap.
To streamline the assessment process, the Advisory Council on Integrated Assurance and the Office of Quality and Best Practices are examining whether Fermilab can reduce the number of assessments, which would use fewer resources and reduce the burden on the laboratory.
To determine whether they can consolidate assessments, members of the Office of Quality and Best Practices and the Quality Assurance Representatives in each division, section and center are helping figure out how many assessments Fermilab currently conducts, how often they happen and what those assessments look at. From this data they hope to find opportunities to consolidate multiple assessments into a single event or eliminate the need to perform them at all.
Please help these people if they contact you for information about assessments in your group or area, as it may benefit you and your organization.
If you have any questions regarding Fermilab assessment and consolidation assessment programs please contact your QAR or the Office of Quality and Best Practices.