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Sept 23 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requests comments on its Fiscal Years (FYs) 2022-2026 Full Draft Strategic Plan by October 25, 2021. The Full Draft Strategic Plan provides the agency's proposed strategic goals and objectives and proposed strategies for achieving them. The NRC encourages and welcomes stakeholder feedback that can help inform the continued development of the NRC's FYs 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and evidence building and evaluation activities.
 
The NRC is an independent agency established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 that began operations in 1975 as a successor to the licensing and regulatory activities of the Atomic Energy Commission. The NRC's mission is to license and regulate the Nation's civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.

The NRC's Full Draft Strategic Plan describes how the agency intends to achieve its three proposed strategic goals: (1) Ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive material, (2) continue to foster a healthy organization, and (3) inspire stakeholder confidence in the NRC. The plan provides an overview of the NRC's responsibilities and lays out the objectives, strategies, and key contributing programs and activities that will be used to achieve the agency's strategic goals. Moreover, with enactment of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (“Evidence Act”) (5 U.S.C. 312), Federal agencies' strategic plans are now required to include information on evidence-building and evaluation activities and how these activities impact the strategic planning and day-to-day operation of these agencies.
 
The NRC encourages all interested parties to comment on the Full Draft Strategic Plan. Stakeholder feedback will be valuable in helping the Commission develop a final draft 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, as appropriate, in the preparation of the final draft FYs 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The NRC does not anticipate preparing individual responses to each comment received.
 
FR notice inviting public comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/23/2021-20542/nrcs-full-draft-strategic-plan-for-fiscal-years-2022-through-2026
 
The NRC's Full Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026 may be viewed online on the NRC's Public website on the Documents for Comment web page at https://www.nrc.gov/​public-involve/​doc-comment.html, under “Draft NUREG-Series Publications.”

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