Be riskSMART: Guidance for Integrating Risk Insights into NRC Decisions (NUREG/KM-0016)

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Manuscript Completed: March 2021
Date Published: March 2021

Prepared by:
Mirela Gavrilas
Eric Duncan
Jason Paige
Brian K. Harris
Candace De Messieres
Elizabeth Bowlin
Michael Gartman
Reed Anzalone
Rebecca Richardson

Office of the Executive Director for Operations
Be riskSMART Initiative Team
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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To become a modern, risk-informed regulator, the NRC focused on four transformational areas: (1)managing the workforce, (2) applying risk in decision-making, (3) generating innovative ideas to improve the way that NRC works, and (4) adopting new technologies and approaches to data analytics. The Be riskSMART framework supports the second transformation area by providing a systematic approach to making risk-informed decisions across disciplines. Be riskSMART combines traditional concepts, such as the risk triplet, risk management, the risk heat map and risk appetite, into a plain language framework that gives the staff confidence to apply and communicate risk-insights for all kinds of NRC decisions whether they are in the technical, corporate, or legal arena. This NUREG/KM provides detailed guidance on using the Be riskSMART framework and contains example case studies from across a series of disciplines.

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