United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
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Why Does the NRC Need to Transform?

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs to transform how we regulate civilian nuclear technology, to ensure we continue to effectively implement our mission in the future. In addition, we want to ensure that we effectively leverage opportunities for licensees to use new technologies in accomplishing safety and security for the beneficial use of nuclear facilities and radioactive material. Elements of this transformation include ensuring that safety and security remain preeminent in our thinking and that we focus our efforts on the most important issues. We also need to enhance our ability to embrace innovative approaches, new and diverse ideas, and an environment of collaboration. We must develop our people—particularly the next generation—to successfully address our evolving workload while maintaining stewardship of our mission. We need to ensure our processes are reflective of realistic cost and schedule projections for regulatory actions so that the stakeholders have a clear and reliable basis to plan their work.

We will achieve these goals, in part, through our decision making efforts and processes. A meaningful, fresh look at how we make decisions has the potential to transform almost all areas of NRC programs and processes, our workforce culture, and how we interact with internal and external stakeholders. Central to modernization of our decision making is embracing participative decision making, as communicated in the NRC leadership model. We want to use risk management insights to prioritize our work and guide our decision making. We will better convey how staff input was considered in a decision; with a fair analysis of the options. Thereby building trust with our audience and each other. People will see how their views were considered. Applicants and licensees will have more context to apply to their safety decision. In addition, we will share thoughtful and realistic projections, plans, and schedules with one another that support effective and efficient planning and action by all parties.
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, March 01, 2019