Audit of NRC's Process for Developing and Coordinating Research Activities
Involve the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) and requesting office senior managers earlier in the work request development process to ensure work requests are properly understood, resourced, and achievable before they are formally submitted to RES.
Implement a standard template for RES staff to use when preparing acceptance memorandum or email responses to all work request types.
Implement a single agency wide tracking system with the capabilities needed to effectively and efficiently keep the agency aware of research activities.
Develop and implement a process for obtaining and using feedback from requesting offices. The process should include, but not be limited to, guidance on obtaining feedback during interim project milestones, creating access controls, and delineating roles and responsibilities.