The NRC posted the second addendum to its Open Government plan today. The 2014 – 2015 addendum re-caps activities we’ve done so far and outlines activities we’re planning through 2015. The addendum includes such topics as our use of Web streaming and conferencing technologies to increase opportunities for public participation in meetings and our new Web-based-system to share public meeting information and provide us feedback.
The first Open Government plan was published in April 2010. The 2010 plan was written in response to President Obama’s January 2009 Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, and the subsequent guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget. The guidance required each agency’s plan to be updated every two years. In April 2012, our first addendum to our 2010 Open Government plan was published.
What else does the second addendum include? Among the topics:
- Our continued use of social media to promote a sense of common community, provide a unique venue for dialogue, and enhance the use of plain language in explanations of NRC activities.
- Improving access to documents open for public comment by redesigning our “Documents for Comment” Web pages to provide a one‑stop location for all rulemakings and other documents open for comment.
- Improving the timeliness of access to information by strengthening our Freedom of Information Act program. (Our efforts here have been recognized as “Best Practices” in a Center for Effective Government report.)
The 2014 – 2015 addendum also describes our programs to further collaborate with our state and tribal government and international regulatory partners.
We hope you will take this opportunity to review the plan.