United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment


                                                           SSINS: 6830    
                                                           Accession  No.: 
                                                           8006190055     
                                                           IEC 80-22      

                                UNITED STATES
                        NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                    OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
                           WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
                                     
                              October 2 , 1980

IE Circular No. 80-22:   CONFIRMATION OF EMPLOYEE QUALIFICATIONS 

In recent months, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that in 
two unrelated actions a utility and an architect-engineering company 
employed technically unqualified individuals as designers/engineers by 
failing to confirm the validity of their technical and educational 
qualifications as presented in their employment applications. In both of 
these instances, the employers mistakenly assumed that the personnel firms 
supplying these individuals had investigated and confirmed previous career 
experiences. In view of the fact that the unqualified persons in both of 
these cases were discovered as a result of allegations to this effect, 
rather than through internal company procedures, we believe that this matter 
warrants your attention. 

We are hereby recommending that your employment procedures be reviewed to 
determine that your company has in effect employment policies which confirm 
the professional qualifications of employees. In the event you conclude that
your present procedures do not fully address this matter, we recommend that 
you take prompt remedial action in this regard. 

No written response to this Circular is required. If you desire additional, 
information regarding this subject, contact the Director of the appropriate 
NRC Regional Office. 

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