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[Federal Register: January 11, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 6)]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2010-0003]

 
Implementation of Open Government Directive

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Solicitation of public comment.

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SUMMARY: In response to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
December 8, 2009, Open Government Directive, which helps to implement 
the President's January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open 
Government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting 
public comment to aid the

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NRC's determination of what data sets it might be appropriate to 
publish online and what transparency, public participation, and 
collaboration improvements it might include as it drafts its Open 
Government Plan. The December 8, 2009, Directive generally instructs 
Federal agencies to identify and publish online in an open format at 
least three high-value data sets by January 22, 2010, and an Open 
Government Plan by April 7, 2010. While the Open Government Directive, 
by its terms, does not strictly apply to independent agencies like the 
NRC, the President has stated that independent agencies should comply 
with it. Accordingly, the NRC, in line with its longstanding commitment 
to openness and transparency, will endeavor to comply with the Open 
Government Directive and meet its deadlines. As part of this effort, 
the NRC will seek to identify and publish high-value data sets and 
draft an Open Government Plan, and the NRC is now inviting public 
comment on these matters. In addition, if a draft Open Government Plan 
is developed sufficiently prior to the April 7, 2010, deadline to allow 
time for meaningful public comment on the draft, the draft will be 
posted on the NRC's forthcoming Open Government Web page. Comments on 
the draft Plan could then be submitted to the NRC via the Open 
Government Web page.

DATES: Submit comments regarding publication of high-value data sets as 
soon as possible to assure consideration for purposes of the Open 
Government Directive's January 22, 2010, deadline. However, even 
comments that are received too late for meaningful consideration with 
respect to the January 22 deadline are nonetheless welcome, because the 
NRC may decide to publish additional data sets at later dates. Submit 
comments on the NRC's Open Government Plan by February 10, 2010. 
Comments on the Open Government Plan that are received after this date 
will be considered during the initial development of the Open 
Government Plan if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to 
assure consideration only for comments received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2010-0003 in the subject line 
of your comments. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form 
will be posted on the NRC Web site and on the Federal rulemaking Web 
site Regulations.gov. Because your comments will not be edited to 
remove any identifying or contact information, the NRC cautions you 
against including any information in your submission that you do not 
want to be publicly disclosed.
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed.
    You may submit comments by any one of the following methods.
    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-2010-0003. Comments may 
be submitted electronically through this Web site. Address questions 
about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher 301-492-3668; e-mail 
[email protected].
    Mail comments to: Michael T. Lesar, Chief, Rulemaking and 
Directives Branch (RDB), Division of Administrative Services, Office of 
Administration, Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or by fax to RDB at (301) 492-
3446.
    You can access publicly available documents related to this notice 
using the following methods:
    NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine and have 
copied for a fee publicly available documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1 
F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.
    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): 
Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are 
available electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http:/
/www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this page, the public can gain 
entry into ADAMS, which provides text and image files of the NRC's 
public documents. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are 
problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's 
PDR reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Public comments and supporting 
materials related to this notice can be found at http://
www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID: NRC-2010-0003.
    NRC's Open Government Web page: Consistent with the Open Government 
Directive, the NRC plans to establish its Open Government Web page by 
February 6, 2010. The NRC's Open Government Web page will be located at 
http://www.nrc.gov/open. The NRC's Open Government Web page will offer 
opportunities to provide input to the NRC regarding the Open Government 
Plan, both before and after the plan is published.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James B. Schaeffer, Deputy Director, 
Office of Information Services, (301) 415-7330, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 8, 2009, the Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget issued an Open Government Directive, 
which helps to implement the President's January 21, 2009, Memorandum 
on Transparency and Open Government. According to the President's 
Memorandum, ``independent agencies should comply with the Open 
Government Directive.'' Therefore, consistent with the NRC's 
longstanding commitment to openness and transparency, the NRC will 
endeavor to comply with the Open Government Directive and meet its 
deadlines. The Open Government Directive is available on the Internet 
at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/documents/open-government-directive, 
and the President's January 21, 2009, Memorandum is available at http:/
/www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Transparency_and_Open_
Government.
    The Open Government Directive instructs Federal agencies to 
``identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-
value data sets * * * and register those data sets via Data.gov. These 
must be data sets not previously available online or in a downloadable 
format.'' The Open Government Directive further states that ``[h]igh-
value information is information that can be used to increase agency 
accountability and responsiveness; improve public knowledge of the 
agency and its operations; further the core mission of the agency; 
create economic opportunity; or respond to need and demand as 
identified through public consultation.'' The due date for publication 
of data sets under the Open Government Directive is January 22, 2010. 
The NRC will seek to meet that deadline and is currently investigating 
whether it has data sets appropriate for publication that would be of 
high value to the public but that are not currently publicly available 
online.
    The Open Government Directive also instructs agencies to develop 
and publish Open Government Plans. An agency's Open Government Plan, 
according to the Open Government Directive, ``is the public roadmap 
that details how [the] agency will incorporate the principles of the 
President's January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and

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Open Government into the core mission objectives of [the] agency.'' 
Open Government Plans are to set forth how each agency plans to improve 
transparency, public participation and collaboration. Open Government 
Plans also are to describe at least one ``flagship initiative'' the 
agency is already implementing or will implement to improve 
transparency, public participation, or collaboration. The Open 
Government Directive has established April 7, 2010, as the due date for 
publication of agency Open Government Plans, and the NRC will seek to 
meet that deadline. The Open Government Directive, available at the 
Internet address listed above, provides further details on the contents 
of agency Open Government Plans.
    To aid the NRC's efforts to determine what data sets might be 
appropriate to publish and what transparency, public participation, and 
collaboration improvements it might include in its Open Government 
Plan, the NRC is soliciting public comments. Comments regarding 
publication of data sets are requested as soon as possible in light of 
the January 22, 2010, target date for publication of data sets. Please 
note that there is not yet a draft available of the NRC's Open 
Government Plan, and the NRC is not yet certain when a draft will be 
available. If a draft is developed sufficiently prior to the April 7, 
2010, deadline to allow time for meaningful public comment on the 
draft, the draft will be posted on the NRC's forthcoming Open 
Government Web page, which, consistent with the Open Government 
Directive, the NRC plans to establish by February 6, 2010. The NRC's 
Open Government Web page will be located at http://www.nrc.gov/open. 
The NRC's Open Government Web page will also itself offer opportunities 
to provide input to the NRC regarding the Open Government Plan, both 
before and after the plan is published. Once the Open Government Plan 
is published, updates would be scheduled to occur every 2 years, and 
opportunities for public input would be provided in connection with 
these updates as well. With respect to the Open Government Plan, the 
NRC is providing a 30-day comment period.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 4th day of January, 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
R. William Borchardt,
Executive Director for Operations.
[FR Doc. 2010-228 Filed 1-8-10; 8:45 am]
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