The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has taken proactive steps to comply with the Obama Administration’s Open Government Directive by issuing a federal register notice asking for public comment on the development of its new Open Government Plan. Specifically, the agency wants to know what data sets would be valuable for online publication and what transparency, public participation and collaboration improvements it should include in its Plan.
This call for comment demonstrates a significant shift in the agency’s thinking about public access. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, AALL spoke out against the agency’s decision to shut down its Web site in order to review all publicly available material. We commend the NRC for changing its culture of secrecy and for committing itself to greater government transparency.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]