The Terrible Twos

In celebrating the second birthday of our Open Government Plan, we did what any proud parent would do, we made a movie! You can see our story on YouTube.

During the past two years we have successfully begun to use social media services, redesigned the agency’s website, www.nrc.gov, made finding documents easier, and published a significant amount of raw data in formats that enable stakeholders to more easily analyze our information.

We have also provided more opportunities for stakeholder and public engagement and have worked to improve the experience of those who participate. We have provided subscription-based services to keep stakeholders informed, expanded the use of virtual meeting and Web conferencing technologies, increased the agency’s capacity for webcasting from 50 to 100 meetings per year, and introduced new channels for engagement through this blog,  our Twitter feed, and our YouTube site.

In addition, we’ve made special efforts to reach out to the public on topics of high interest, such as concerns raised by the events at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan and the effects of the Missouri River flooding on the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska. And, to improve the experience of participants, we have expanded our internal meeting best practices website, and our meeting facilitator and advisor program.

But we are not done! On April 9th we published an addendum to our plan to provide the roadmap for the next two years. Over the next two years we will build on our accomplishments by increasing our focus on the use of plain language, continuing to strengthen our use of social media, improving the rulemaking comment process, and furthering collaboration with our state regulatory partners. In addition, we will implement Mobile NRC, a new effort to provide mobile access to key agency content.

Finally, stakeholder feedback helped us formulate our forward plans, and as always, we welcome your thoughts!

Fran Goldberg and Stu Reiter
CoChairs, NRC Open Government Advisory Group

NRC Economist Selected to Lecture in Slovakia

Michael Dusaniwskyj, right, and the U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick

Most people think of the NRC as a place filled with engineers, health physicists, and nuclear scientists. That is true, but the nature of our regulatory oversight work extends beyond the technical, and into the financial realm as well. As a measure of a licensee’s ability to safely operate, and eventually decommission, a nuclear facility, we are tasked with confirming the financial stability of those corporations and entities.

Michael Dusaniwskyj is an NRC economist conducting Financial Qualifications Safety Evaluations and Decommissioning Funding Assurance Reviews for the NRC. His high regard in the world of finance and economics has led the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to select him as a Fulbright Specialist on a project in Slovakia at the Technical University of Kosice during March 2012.

The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.

This is the second time he has received this award. His first was in 2005 at the Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University in Luhansk, Ukraine.

So last month, Michael lectured on a variety of economic, nuclear and regulatory subjects to baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral candidates at both the Technical University of Kosice, but also at the Pavol Jozef Safarik University. He estimates he spoke to some 800 students during 24 sessions. He is one of some 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program.

The NRC is pleased that Michael was selected for this honor, and expects that our agency will benefit as much as his students from this valuable international exchange of ideas and skills.

Victor Cusumano
Technical Assistant
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
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