Evaluating Project Aim 2020: Preparing to Transform the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

March 2015 - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has experienced significant changes over the last five years. NRC developed Project Aim 2020 (Project Aim) to improve the agency’s planning and operational functions. Project Aim set out to identify key strategies and recommendations to transform the agency during the next five years to enhance the NRC’s ability to plan and execute its mission in a more effective, efficient, and agile manner.

The NRC requested the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to conduct an independent assessment of Project Aim. The Academy’s review of Project Aim consisted of two reports: (1) an evaluation of Project Aim processes; and (2) an assessment of the Project Aim final report.   

The Academy reports were prepared by a professional Study Team, in consultation with an experienced Focus Group of five Academy Fellows and one non-Fellow. The Study Team and Focus Group utilized their knowledge of strategic planning and organizational change management in their evaluation of the NRC’s efforts, providing the NRC with several pragmatic recommendations as the agency pursues an important organizational transformation.

Key Recommendations

During its two-part review, the Study Team identified several recommendations to bolster the probability for a successful organizational transformation, and to enhance its ongoing long-term strategic planning efforts to meet the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

Reports

Feedback Report on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Project Aim 2020 Report

External Process Evaluation of Project Aim 2020 for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission