Upon award of the NIOSH dose reconstruction project, ORAU and its partners, MJW Corporation and Dade Moeller and Associates, Inc., began to build a machine capable of completing in excess of 8,000 dose reconstructions per year. In addition to the dose reconstructions themselves, the ORAU Team also has to create and manage computer databases, receive and review individual monitoring records, perform dose reconstruction research, conduct telephone interviews with claimants, and provide technical and administrative support to NIOSH. Based on our proposal, we established six task groups, each of which includes health physicists with specific experience in occupational dosimetry or closely related fields. Management challenges have included creating a fifty-person facility in Cincinnati from scratch, implementing a conflict-of-interest management plan, developing a comprehensive quality assurance program, changing the typical dosimetrist mind-set, and finding health physicists with good "people" skills. Lessons learned include the needs to plan for expansion (and contraction) in all areas, maintain centralized control over decentralized execution, build defensibility into every process, and develop openness and transparency to address stakeholders' concerns.
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