One-Year Anniversary of NRC’s Open Government Plan – Your Suggestions Welcome!

plan-graphicThis month the NRC celebrated the one-year anniversary of the publication of its Open Government Plan and posted a self assessment of progress to date on the agency’s Open Government page .

One of the highlights was the inauguration of this blog, which played a key role in informing the public of our response to the Japanese event. Another was that NRC exceeded its first year goals for the publication of high-value datasets, with 21 high-value datasets published, significantly more than the 11 identified in the plan.

The self assessment also noted that the agency ranked 11th out of 32 federal agencies on transparency based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) surveys of federal websites. The ACSI survey also showed positive results from the release of the agency’s unified public Web search in December 2010, with the site search satisfaction score improving from 68 before the new search to 73 at the end of March 2011.

As we move into the second year of the Open Government initiative, one thing that would help guide our efforts would be to get more input from you, our stakeholders and members of the public. In particular, what additional datasets you would like us to make available through data.gov? Is there other information about our activities that you need? We hope you’ll take a few minutes to tell what you think by posting a comment to this blog or by using our Online Comment Form.

Frances Goldberg
Co-Chair NRC Open Government Advisory Group

Get NRC Correspondence on Operating Nuclear Power Plants by Email

exterior of a nuclear power plantNo need to wait for the mailman anymore. You can quickly and easily receive documents about any operating nuclear power plant you wish electronically.

This distribution process makes it much easier for anyone—licensees, local and state government, members of the public — to quickly get the information they desire.

To sign up, go to the Operating Reactor Correspondence page on the NRC website. The webpage is arranged by region and includes maps that indicate where each plant is located, allowing you to easily find the reactors that are of interest to you. The site also allows you to subscribe and unsubscribe from plant distribution lists at any time.

By signing up, you will receive all outgoing operating reactor correspondence originating from Headquarters, Region I, III, and IV. (Region II is currently unavailable) Correspondence includes, but is not limited to, license amendments, relief requests, exemptions, requests for additional information and public meeting summaries.

Not only is the process faster and easier, but it saves resources, too. In 2010, about 15,000 subscribers received electronic information – avoiding the production of over 5.7 million printed pages.

Christine Steger
NRR Communications Analyst