United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Building a 21st Century Digital Government Platform

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has a long-standing commitment to conduct our regulatory responsibilities in an open and transparent manner, consistent with The NRC Approach to Open Government. We believe this commitment is key to keeping you informed of — and involved in — our regulatory, licensing, and oversight activities. As a result, we see the Digital Government Strategy as a natural evolution of our commitment to you.

The Federal Government must be able to deliver information and services to the American people anytime, anywhere and on any platform or device.

The imperatives embodied in the strategy are not new, but they’ll lead us to implement new solutions using modern digital tools and technologies to change how we serve our customers — both within and outside the agency. In doing so, we’ll help to build a 21st century platform to better serve the American people. For more information, see the following topics on this page:

Objectives of the Digital Government Strategy

In describing the Roadmap for a Digital Government, Steven VanRoekel, the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), stated, “At its core, the [Digital Government Strategy] takes a coordinated, information- and customer-centric approach to changing how the Government works and delivers services to the American people.” Digital Government challenges us to make the best use of emerging technologies to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure, and affordable ways.
  • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

For additional insights on the purpose and intent of the strategy, please see the Introduction to the Digital Government Strategy.

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Relationship to Other Initiatives

The Digital Government Strategy closely relates to the following ongoing initiatives embraced by the NRC:

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Taking the Next Step

On August 6, 2012, the NRC responded to Milestone 2.1 of the Digital Government Strategy by proposing the following five existing customer-facing systems that we could “web-enable” using application programming interfaces (APIs). These APIs would give developers ready access to high-value data feeds for subsequent analysis and use. We also published a Blog posting and related “tweet” on August 22, 2012, to invite you to Tell Us Your Thoughts to let us know whether we’re on the right track to meet your needs. In addition, we used our RSS Feeds on August 15 and 22, 2012, to notify you of the opportunity to provide feedback. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reviewed and endorsed our prioritized list of systems and proposed customer engagement approach, which is based on our social media facilities. (Your feedback and related NRC responses are available in comments on the related Blog posting.) On October 22, 2012, the NRC confirmed that these systems (data feeds) are targeted to be made available via web APIs by May 23, 2013. As we proceed with implementing these web-enabled systems, we’ll continue to update and prioritize this list to reflect your feedback.

System Name** Description Scope Customers UII*
Reactor Operating Status Reports A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on the operating status and power output of commercial power reactors located within the continental United States Both Internal and External General public and agency stakeholders 429-000002005
Power Reactor Daily Event Reports A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on the daily events and activities occurring at commercial power reactors located within the continental United States Both General public and agency stakeholders 429-000002005
Operating Reactor Inspection Reports A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on observations and findings of inspections occurring at commercial power reactors located within the continental United States Both General public and agency stakeholders 429-000001014
Part 21 (Component Defect Reports) A web-based system that allows the NRC to report on licensed facilities, activities, or basic component that fail to comply with NRC regulations Both General public and agency stakeholders 429-000001014
Public Affairs Daily News Releases A web-based system that allows the NRC to communicate with the public daily on our regulatory activities and events Both General public and agency stakeholders 429-000002070
Web Based ADAMS (WBA) A web based system that provides search and retrieval of NRC document collection Both Internal and External General public and agency stakeholders 429-000000010

* UII = Unique investment identifier
** Revised February 22, 2013 – see Progress Report

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On August 6, 2012, we also responded to Milestone 7.1 of the Digital Government Strategy by proposing the following two existing customer-facing services that we could optimize for mobile use. Again, we published a Blog posting and related “tweet” on August 22, 2012, to invite you to Tell Us Your Thoughts, and we used our RSS Feeds on August 15 and 22, 2012, to notify you of the opportunity to provide feedback. OMB reviewed and endorsed our prioritized list of systems and proposed customer engagement approach. (Your feedback and related NRC responses are available in comments on the related Blog posting.) On October 22, 2012, the NRC confirmed that these services are targeted to be optimized for mobile use by May 23, 2013. As we proceed with implementing these mobile-enabled services, we’ll continue to update and prioritize this list to reflect your feedback.

System Name** Description Scope Customers UII*
Public Meeting Feedback System A web-based system that allows the NRC to collect public meeting feedback from meeting attendees External General public and agency stakeholders N/A
Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) The NRC plans to implement the agency's first mobile solution for the 2013 RIC, which will be held on March 12 – 14. This solution will allow RIC attendees to access the conference agenda and download conference publications from their own mobile devices. The solution will also enhance the attendees' information access experience by incorporating the use of quick response (QR) codes throughout the conference facility (for details, see p. 2 of the NRC's Customer Service Plan). Both Internal and External General public and agency stakeholders N/A
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Web-based access to NRC email, calendaring, and contacts on personally owned mobile devices. Internal NRC staff 1012A-J1500 (ITISS)

* UII = Unique investment identifier
** Revised May 13, 2013 – see Progress Report

For information regarding other milestones, please see Evaluating Our Progress in Implementing the Digital Government Strategy.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, November 15, 2013