Change Needed in Procedures for Administering Retention of Knowledge Tests in Radiological Control

PLRD-81-23: Published: May 4, 1981. Publicly Released: May 4, 1981.

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GAO investigated a Puget Sound Naval Shipyard employee's allegations concerning procedures for administering retention of knowledge tests in radiological control.

GAO found that the retention of knowledge testing procedures should be changed. GAO is concerned that the current procedures of advance notice, which result in high percentages of employees who are tested and who pass, may not be a true measure of employees' capabilities. In emergency situations, insufficient knowledge about radiological control could be serious. While retention of knowledge testing is only part of the Navy's total testing program, it appears to be important; otherwise, failure would not carry a penalty of loss of verification. Although not providing advance notice of the test may result in fewer employees being available to take the test, the results would be more conclusive of knowledge.

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    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should test, possibly at one shipyard, eliminating advance notice prior to retention of knowledge testing. If this results in more accurate test results, it should be implemented Navy-wide.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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