The NRC Approach to Open Government

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As an independent regulatory agency that prides itself on openness, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is pleased to take an active role in President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative, with its focus on open, accountable, and accessible government. The NRC has a long history of, and commitment to, transparency, participation, and collaboration in our regulatory activities.

For details on these and other aspects of the NRC Approach to Open Government, please see the following pages:

For more information, see Selected NRC Information Resources, and Other Federal Open Government Initiatives (below).

Selected NRC Information Resources

The NRC is headed by five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms. One of them is designated by the President to be the Chairman and official spokesperson of the Commission.

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Commission Meeting Schedule
Commission Direction-Setting and Policymaking Activities

An overview of the responsibilities and activities of the Office of Congressional Affairs, the NRC’s main conduit for NRC communications with Congress

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The latest clear, accurate, and complete information about NRC programs, policy decisions, and activities:

News Releases
For the Record (NRC response to controversial reports)
Commission Speeches, Documents, and Testimony
Public Affairs (& media/publications policy)
Media Resources
Fact Sheets and Brochures
Information Digest
Photo/Video Gallery and Guidelines for Use
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Operating Reactor Correspondence

Information about the NRC's regulations, the rulemaking process, and how the public can comment on rulemakings through

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The public portal to many of the NRC’s key Web-based information dissemination channels, including basic references, document collections, and the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), among others

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Basic information about how the agency meets its Federal records management requirements. Includes NRC’s internal records management policy that outlines how the NRC complies with the regulations governing Federal records including the transfer of permanent records to the National Archives.

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Information about the NRC’s declassification program, how to access declassified records, and how to provide input about what types of information should be prioritized for declassification

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An overview of the responsibilities and activities of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the independent and objective unit that conducts audits and investigations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, and promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in NRC programs and operations.

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Access the OIG Reports
Contact the OIG Hotline

Information about the NRC’s Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Programs, including what to include in a request, how to submit it, and how the NRC will process the request. Also provides the Open Government Assessment of the NRC’s FOIA Process, a subject list of recent requests, and the NRC’s annual reports.

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Other Federal Open Government Initiatives