United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Information Notice No. 90-60: Availability of Failure Data in the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program

                               UNITED STATES 
                        NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                    OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION
                           WASHINGTON, D.C.  20555

                             September 20, 1990


Information Notice No. 90-60:  AVAILABILITY OF FAILURE DATA IN THE 
                                   GOVERNMENT-INDUSTRY DATA EXCHANGE PROGRAM


Addressees: 

All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power 
reactors. 

Purpose: 

This information notice is intended to provide information relative to the 
availability of data on engineering, metrology, material problem (failure 
experience), and reliability/maintainability through the Government-Industry 
Data Exchange Program (GIDEP).  It is expected that recipients will review 
the information for applicability to their facilities and consider actions, 
as appropriate.  However, suggestions contained in this information notice 
do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written 
response is required. 

Background: 

During the past several years, the nuclear industry has uncovered an 
increasing number of instances where counterfeit, fraudulent, and 
substandard parts have been supplied for use in nuclear power plant systems.  
The NRC has informed the nuclear industry of instances through information 
notices and bulletins.  In addition, the NRC staff has been meeting with 
other government agencies to determine the extent of the problem with 
fraudulent and substandard parts and to exchange information that may be 
relevant to the nuclear and other industries.  Several government agencies 
have indicated that the GIDEP system is a primary mechanism within their 
agencies and respective industries for disseminating information regarding 
problem parts and suppliers.  The NRC became a member of the GIDEP system in 
the fall of 1989.  Since then, all bulletins and information notices have 
been included in the GIDEP database for use by other government agencies and 
industries. 

Discussion: 

The GIDEP system is a government-sponsored program designed to facilitate 
the exchange of data between government and industry relating to the design, 
production, and operation of equipment and associated research.  The system 
is intended to reduce or eliminate expenditures of time and money by making 
broader use of existing knowledge.  The system is a forum to exchange 
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problems; to provide data on the testing, approval, and reliability of 
products; and to provide procedures and reports on products and processes. 

GIDEP maintains and operates four data interchanges (engineering, metrology, 
material problems, and reliability/maintainability).  Of primary interest to 
the nuclear industry is the material problem data interchange which contains 
objective failure experience information on significant problems that may 
affect other GIDEP participants.  Failure experience information is 
continually being collected on parts, components, materials, safety and 
health hazards, and test instrumentation.  The information is included in 
data sheets distributed as ALERTS, SAFETY-ALERTS, PROBLEM ADVISORIES, AGENCY 
ACTION NOTICES, and DIMINISHING MANUFACTURING SOURCES that provide the 
participants with rapid identification of actual and possible problems with 
parts, components, material, manufacturing processes, test equipment, and 
safety conditions.  The NRC has been placing information notices and 
bulletins into the GIDEP material problem data interchange as Agency Action 
Notices. 

Participation in the GIDEP system is voluntary.  Each participant must be 
willing to actively exchange data appropriate to the system and to evaluate 
its effectiveness to his or her organization.  More information regarding 
participation in the program may be obtained from: 

                    Mr. James C. Richards, Program Director
                    GIDEP Operations Center
                    Corona, California  91720-5000
                    (714) 736-4677

This information notice requires no specific action or written response.  If 
you have any questions about the information in this notice, please contact 
the technical contact listed below or the appropriate NRR project manager. 




                              Charles E. Rossi, Director
                              Division of Operational Events Assessment
                              Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation


Technical Contact:  Walter Haass, NRR
                    (301) 492-3219

Attachment:    List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices
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