[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 44 (Thursday, March 5, 2020)]
[Pages 12947-12948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-04480]



Seeks Qualified Candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor 

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Request for resumes.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeks qualified 
candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). 
Submit resumes to Ms. Makeeka Compton and Ms. Jamila Perry, ACRS, Mail 
Stop: T2B50, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, or email: [email protected] or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ACRS is a part-time advisory group, 
which is statutorily mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as 
amended. The ACRS provides independent expert advice on matters related 
to the safety of existing and proposed nuclear reactor facilities and 
on the adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards. Of primary 
importance are the safety issues associated with the operation of 
commercial nuclear power plants in the United States and regulatory 
initiatives, including risk-informed and performance-based regulation, 
license renewal, power uprates, and the use of mixed oxide and high 
burnup fuels. An increased emphasis is being given to safety issues 
associated with new reactor designs and technologies, including passive 
system reliability and thermal hydraulic phenomena, use of digital 
instrumentation and control, international codes and standards used in 
multinational design certifications, materials, and structural 
engineering, nuclear analysis and reactor core performance, and nuclear 
materials and radiation protection.
    In addition, the ACRS may be requested to provide advice on 
radiation protection, radioactive waste management, and earth sciences 
in the agency's licensing reviews for fuel fabrication and enrichment 
facilities, and for waste disposal facilities. The ACRS also has some 
involvement in security matters related to the integration of safety 
and security of commercial reactors. See the NRC website at https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/advisory/acrs.html for additional 
information about the ACRS.
    Criteria used to evaluate candidates include education and 
experience, demonstrated skills in nuclear reactor safety matters, the 
ability to solve complex technical problems, and the ability to work 
collegially on a board, panel, or committee. The Commission, in 
selecting its Committee members, also considers the need for specific 
expertise to accomplish the work expected to be before the ACRS. ACRS 
Committee members are appointed for four-year terms with no term 
limits. The Commission looks to fill two vacancies as a result of this 
request. Candidates for these positions must have extensive experience 
in (1) nuclear power plant operations or (2) risk analysis and the 
consideration of uncertainty in decision making. It would be useful if 
candidates with risk and uncertainty expertise also have experience in 
nuclear power plant systems design and operations, including emergency 
procedures. The candidates must also have at least 20 years of broad 
experience and a distinguished record of achievement in one or more 
areas of nuclear science and technology or related engineering 
disciplines. Candidates with pertinent graduate level experience will 
be given additional consideration.
    Consistent with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act, the Commission seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds, so that 
the membership on the Committee is fairly balanced in terms of the 
points of view represented and functions to be performed by the 
Committee. Candidates will undergo a thorough security background check 
to obtain the security clearance that is mandatory for all ACRS 
members. The security background check will involve the completion and 
submission of paperwork to the NRC. Candidates for ACRS appointments 
may be involved in or have financial interests related to NRC-regulated 
aspects of the nuclear industry.
    However, because conflict-of-interest considerations may restrict 
the participation of a candidate in ACRS activities, the degree and 
nature of any such restriction on an individual's activities as a 
member will be considered in the selection process. Each qualified 
candidate's financial interests must be reconciled with applicable 
Federal and NRC rules and regulations prior to final appointment. This 
might require divestiture of securities or discontinuance of certain 
contracts or grants. Information regarding these restrictions will be 
provided upon request. As a part of the

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Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, which bans insider 
trading by members of Congress, their staff, and other high-level 
Federal employees, candidates for appointments will be required to 
disclose additional financial transactions.
    A resume describing the educational and professional background of 
the candidate, including any special accomplishments, publications, and 
professional references should be provided. Candidates should provide 
their current address, telephone number, and email address. All 
candidates will receive careful consideration. Appointment will be made 
without regard to factors such as race, color, religion, national 
origin, sex, age, or disabilities. Candidates must be citizens of the 
United States and be able to devote approximately 100 days per year to 
Committee business, but may not be compensated for more than 130 
calendar days. Resumes will be accepted until April 6, 2020.

     Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 28th day of February, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Annette L. Vietti-Cook,
Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2020-04480 Filed 3-4-20; 8:45 am]