Capacity Assessment: For Statistics, Research, Evaluation, and Other Analysis: Fiscal Year 2022 (NUREG-2251, Volume 1)

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Date Published: April 2022

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the agency) is an independent agency established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, which began operations in 1975 as a successor to the Atomic Energy Commission. The NRC is required by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 to generate a capacity assessment, which is an accounting of NRC’s capacity to carry out the evidence-building activities needed to meet its functions (i.e., the NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation's civilian use of radioactive materials, to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety, and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment) and its capacity to disseminate and use evidence. This capacity assessment uses a structured approach for assessing and  building the agency’s capacity (e.g., staffing, funding, infrastructure, and processes) to carry out evidence-building activities (e.g., analysis, research, and evaluation) necessary to support agency functions. This approach identifies areas where new or different investments could strengthen or improve the agency’s ability to meet its mission and strategic goals. The capacity assessment identified 27 findings and associated mitigating strategies that represent opportunities to enhance the NRC’s capacity.

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