[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 43 (Wednesday, March 5, 2014)]
[Pages 12531-12532]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04830]




Draft Fiscal Years 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft NUREG; request for comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting 
comment on draft NUREG-1614, Volume 6, ``U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2014-2018.'' The draft 
Strategic Plan provides the agency's long-term, results-focused goals 
and objectives and its proposed strategies for achieving them for the 
planning period. The NRC encourages and welcomes public comments that 
can help it respond to challenges and shape its strategic direction 
over the next four years, particularly comments on the plan's goals, 
objectives, and strategies.

DATES: Submit comments by April 4, 2014. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is 
only able to ensure consideration of comments received on or before 
this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0230. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact 
the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this notice.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch, Office of Administration, Mail 
Stop: 3WFN-06-44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Francine Goldberg, Office of the 
Executive Director for Operations, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC, 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-6921 or email: 
[email protected].


I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0230 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information for this draft Strategic Plan. 
You may access publicly-available information related to this action by 
the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0230.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to [email protected]. The draft Strategic Plan is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13254A234.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852.
     NRC's Public Web site: The NRC's draft Strategic Plan may 
be viewed online on the NRC's Public Web site on the Documents for 
Comment Web page at http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment.html#nuregs.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2013-0230 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Background

    In accordance with the Government Performance and Results 
Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010, agencies are required to submit 
their strategic plans to Congress the year following the start of a 
presidential term. The Commission has approved a draft Strategic Plan 
and is now seeking comments from the public so that the agency may 
benefit from a wide range of stakeholder input to shape the NRC's 
strategic direction for the upcoming planning period.

III. Draft Strategic Plan

    The draft Strategic Plan describes the agency's mission and its two 
strategic goals, which, although slightly reworded for clarity and 
readability, remain fundamentally unchanged from the current plan. The 
NRC's mission is to license and regulate the Nation's civilian use of 
radioactive materials to protect the public health and safety, promote 
the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Its two 
strategic goals are to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials and 
the secure use of radioactive materials. New elements of the plan 
include several strategic objectives with associated strategies and key 
activities that will be used to achieve the agency's strategic goals.
    The draft strategies address the key challenges and external 
factors the agency will face as the regulatory environment continues to 
change during the upcoming planning period. Examples include processing 
license applications involving new technologies, such as small modular 
reactors and continued implementation of enhancements to improve 
reactor safety based on insights from the 2011 nuclear accident at 
Fukushima Dai-ichi. The continued globalization of nuclear technology 
and the nuclear supply chain is another factor that will affect the 
NRC, driving the need for increased international engagement on the 
safe and secure use of radioactive material and the need for new 
oversight approaches to ensure that foreign components used in U.S. 

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facilities are in compliance with NRC requirements.
    The NRC encourages all interested parties to comment on the draft 
Strategic Plan, particularly on the plan's goals, objectives, and 
strategies. Stakeholder feedback will be valuable in helping the 
Commission develop a final Strategic Plan that has the benefit of the 
many views of the public and the regulated civilian nuclear industry. 
The NRC will consider the comments submitted and may use them, as 
appropriate, in the preparation of the final Strategic Plan; however, 
the NRC does not anticipate responding to individual comments.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of February, 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Annette L. Vietti-Cook,
Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2014-04830 Filed 3-4-14; 8:45 am]