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Leading the way in Nuclear Information and Records Management<br />

<strong>Inside</strong><br />

magazine<br />

Visit us at: <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org<br />

Catch a Wave at the 42nd Annual<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference P.5<br />

Issue # 02, <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

Three Keys for Successful<br />

In-House Microfilm<br />

Conversion P.8<br />

NRC—Legacy<br />

Digitization Project P.10


Contents<br />

Feature Cover Stories<br />

5<br />

8<br />

10<br />

Catch a Wave at the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

Three Keys for Successful In-House Microfilm<br />

Conversion<br />

NRC — Legacy Digitization Project<br />

PLUS<br />

6<br />

11<br />

12<br />

16<br />

19<br />

28<br />

Pre-Conference Training<br />

Why Join <strong>NIRMA</strong> and Why Attend the<br />

Conference?<br />

Applying Emerging Technologies to<br />

Microfilm Solutions<br />

Kings and Kingdoms - Do we need a<br />

Revolution?<br />

NRC’s Margie Janney’s Certifications are<br />

a Matter of Record<br />

STP GSI-191 Team Receives TIP Award<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 3


Editor’s Letter<br />

We at <strong>NIRMA</strong> are excited to announce several<br />

new changes to how we connect with our<br />

members and the public. We recently started<br />

using Constant Contact for sharing emails, have<br />

launched our official Twitter account<br />

(@<strong>NIRMA</strong>org) and, as you noticed from our<br />

Spring edition, are moving to a digital magazine<br />

(and eventually will be employing click-book<br />

software). We are also in the process of<br />

revamping the <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org website and hope to<br />

launch it soon.<br />

in every issue<br />

CHRONICLES OF NIM—14<br />

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT—20<br />

MEET THE <strong>NIRMA</strong> BOARD—21<br />

SECRETARY NEWS—22<br />

PDBU NEWS—24<br />

TREASURER’S REPORT—24<br />

INDUSTRY NEWS—25<br />

M&MBU NEWS—27<br />

With the change to Constant Contact, some of<br />

you could have our emails going to Spam. To<br />

ensure you receive them, please take a minute<br />

to add <strong>NIRMA</strong>org10@gmail.com to your safe<br />

sender list.<br />

With the new digital magazine, we are adding<br />

color. This makes the magazine more pleasing<br />

to the eye but makes it more difficult to read for<br />

folks who like to go old school and print the<br />

publication. For this reason, if you choose to<br />

print the magazine, we recommend printing it in<br />

black and white.<br />

We hope the changes we are making improve<br />

the overall experience for our membership and<br />

we value your feedback. Share your thoughts<br />

with our Communication Team<br />

at DevereauxInc@outlook.com.<br />

Please take a moment to follow us on Twitter<br />

and if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook<br />

and connect with us on LinkedIn.<br />

Thanks for<br />

reading. Keep<br />

in touch!<br />

4 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>


CATCH A WAVE AT THE<br />

42nd ANNUAL <strong>NIRMA</strong> CONFERENCE<br />

By Janice Hoerber, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Vice President<br />

he 42 nd Nuclear Information Management<br />

Conference is just around the corner with an<br />

outstanding lineup of speakers and<br />

educational opportunities. The early bird<br />

pricing is still available for Conference<br />

Registration on the <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org website as<br />

well as the conference room rate at the<br />

beautiful JW Marriott in <strong>Summer</strong>lin, Nevada<br />

– but don't delay!<br />

Consider also enrolling in one of the three<br />

educational training opportunities that<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> is offering on Saturday, August 4.<br />

We are fortunate to have highly respected<br />

courses from AIIM (Jesse Wilkins), RMU<br />

Education (Mitch Farbstein), and RIMtech<br />

Educational Seminar (Bruce Miller).<br />

Sunday is the first day of the Conference and we are very<br />

excited to unveil a new format for <strong>NIRMA</strong>; a single track<br />

of presentations and distinguished keynotes to include:<br />

• Tim Powell, Chief Nuclear Officer at South Texas<br />

Project Nuclear Operating Company<br />

• Sadamaro Yamashita, Chairman of Nippon<br />

Records Management Company in Japan<br />

• Emily Gusba, Director Information Management,<br />

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission<br />

The rest of the conference is packed with sessions that will<br />

make you think about the future, learn something new, and<br />

facilitate sharing your own knowledge and solutions! The<br />

Nuclear Utilities Benchmarking Forum will again be<br />

popular, along with the Government & Federal<br />

Benchmarking Forum. From these, <strong>NIRMA</strong> consolidates<br />

a list of what is relevant to YOU for needing solutions or<br />

best practices.<br />

The Session topics for this Conference are extremely<br />

relevant in our industry and will include:<br />

Data overload & use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for<br />

finding siloed data, Compliance in the cloud, Lowering<br />

costs through cloud-based Records Storage, Agile<br />

approach for digital business, Retention policies &<br />

deletion practices, Preparing for decommissioning,<br />

Reconstitute design bases, Privacy & security concerns<br />

with mobile devices, Blockchain for nuclear digital<br />

security, RM Metrics/KPI's, and a track covering the<br />

“… the conference is<br />

packed with sessions<br />

that will make you<br />

think about the<br />

future, learn<br />

something new, and<br />

facilitate sharing<br />

your own knowledge<br />

and solutions!”<br />

ICRM Certifications via Exam<br />

workshops.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> will again use a Conference App for<br />

your mobile device to access the most current<br />

Conference schedule details and networking<br />

events in lieu of hardcopy handouts. Details<br />

for downloading the App will be provided.<br />

As a reminder, check out the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Business Units in more detail by planning an<br />

extra day (Wednesday, August 8) into your<br />

travel plans to attend the BU working<br />

meetings. Everyone is welcome – get<br />

involved, make a difference!<br />

Bring your Best Beach Theme Attire<br />

for the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Exhibitor/Vendor Extravaganza and<br />

win a top prize!<br />

We are planning some big things for the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Exhibitor/Vendor area! It will be open for business one<br />

full day Monday, August 6.<br />

We are planning activities,<br />

raffles, and refreshments in<br />

the Exhibitor area to ensure<br />

the conference attendees make<br />

the most of networking with<br />

each other and to engage with<br />

our Exhibitors. After the<br />

technical sessions for the day,<br />

we will kick into a BEACH<br />

THEME for the evening<br />

extravaganza in the Exhibitor<br />

room! A special prize will go<br />

to the BEST attire for the<br />

Beach party, so dig out those Hawaiian shirts, flip-flops,<br />

and whatever else you can imagine for a fun time.<br />

Attendee and a guest are invited.<br />

Catch a wave & see you at the Conference!<br />

We still have availability for more Exhibitors/Vendors<br />

at the Conference, Sponsorships, and creative new<br />

Advertising packages! Please consider how your<br />

company may be able to support <strong>NIRMA</strong>. Click here<br />

to visit our site for additional details.<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 5


Pre-Conference Training Opportunities<br />

Saturday, August 4, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Get more out of your <strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference when you enroll in one of the three pre-conference<br />

training sessions. On Saturday, August 4, <strong>2018</strong>, three experts will present training on topics about<br />

records management to provide an opportunity to increase your knowledge and meet new industry contacts. Register for<br />

the conference here.<br />

Records Management University<br />

8:30am – 5:00pm<br />

Offered by Mitch Farbstein, Vice President of Sales for Feith Systems. This <strong>NIRMA</strong> one-day training<br />

session will be a unique combination of 6 one-hour long sessions gleaned from the best of Records<br />

Management University broadcasts during the last six themed semesters comprising over 40 individual<br />

classes. Each hour session will include two record management content sessions from each of the six<br />

semesters covering many of the essential elements of records management. The goal of the one-day class is<br />

to educate, entertain and engage with the participants. Participant interaction during the class is essential in<br />

order to achieve the greatest benefit and experience of attending. So, there will be no hiding in the cloak<br />

closet.<br />

RIMtech<br />

8:30am – 5:00pm<br />

Managing Electronic Records with Microsoft SharePoint® seminar is designed for IT and RIM Professionals,<br />

this seminar is a comprehensive review of Electronic Document & Records Management System (EDRMS)<br />

project implementation for Microsoft SharePoint. IT attendees will learn the essential recordkeeping science<br />

they’ll need to understand, and how to achieve successful SharePoint adoption. RIM attendees will understand<br />

the core SharePoint concepts they’ll need to know, how to work with IT to define and configure SharePoint,<br />

and how to fully automate recordkeeping within SharePoint. Grounded in solid recordkeeping principles and<br />

practical SharePoint know-how, course material includes state of the art third-party recordkeeping add-in<br />

technology.<br />

This seminar is designed and delivered by Bruce Miller, best-selling author and leading expert in electronic<br />

recordkeeping, and author of “Managing Records in SharePoint”. This workshop is highly interactive. Work in<br />

teams with fellow participants to tackle real-life project challenges and clear project-threatening roadblocks. In<br />

simulated hands-on software exercises, you’ll apply your new knowledge and insight to make critical project<br />

decisions and apply the technology to deliver measurable results.<br />

AIIM<br />

9:00am – 5:00pm<br />

Jesse Wilkins, Director and Professional Development at AIIM, will be leading the Modern Records<br />

Management, (MRM) Specialist course. The MRM course gives you a thorough understanding of how to best<br />

automate the way digital information is managed in support of business goals and objectives. The course covers<br />

the entire lifecycle of records and provides the skills needed to position records managers as business enablers.<br />

Course includes workbook, 6 months access to the online material and the final exam.<br />

6 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>


The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM)<br />

is excited to partner with <strong>NIRMA</strong> to provide information about<br />

ICRM certification and its relevancy, value and benefits to those<br />

Records and Information Management (RIM)<br />

professionals working in the nuclear industry.<br />

There will be a full afternoon of ICRM Exam Prep sessions that will focus on the Certified Records Analyst<br />

(CRA) credential and the CRA/CRM/Nuclear Specialist (NS) and CRM/Federal Specialist Post Certification<br />

Specialty Designations. These sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 7, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

AGENDA<br />

CRM/Federal Specialist Session: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.<br />

CRA/CRM/Nuclear Specialist (NS) Session: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.<br />

Speaker: Margie Janney, CRM/NS/FED<br />

ICRM Overview: Application to Certification and Parts 2-4 (CRA) Session: 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.<br />

Overview: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.<br />

Part 2: 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.<br />

Break: 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.<br />

Part 3: 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.<br />

Part 4: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.<br />

Speakers: Bruce Walters, CRM and Rae Lynn Haliday, MBA, CRM<br />

**Attendees can pick and choose which presentations they want to attend<br />

ICRM sessions include an introduction to the ICRM certification process including qualifications, a detailed<br />

overview of the material covered in Parts 2-4 for the Certified Records Analyst (CRA), with 20 sample questions<br />

for each part. Post Certification Specialty Designation presentations will include qualifications, a detailed overview<br />

of the exam outline and the body of knowledge required for test preparation.<br />

Technological advances have forever altered the way in which people and business communicate and these<br />

changes impact records and information management. There is no better time to prepare for an exciting career in<br />

this space. Obtaining ICRM certification will elevate your RIM skills and competencies and ensure you maintain<br />

them, both of which leads to advancing your professional career. The NS and FED Post Certification Specialty<br />

Designations provide practitioners working in the nuclear industry and/or federal government an amazing<br />

opportunity to benchmark their industry-specific records management skills and expertise.<br />

Click here for all conference details.<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 7


THREE KEYS FOR<br />

SUCCESSFUL IN-HOUSE<br />

MICROFILM CONVERSION<br />

By Matt Anderson, Vice President of Marketing, ST Imaging, nextScan<br />

n the last <strong>NIRMA</strong> magazine issue, we discussed how you<br />

can convert your microfilm collection in-house and the<br />

benefits to performing that<br />

archiving in your own facility.<br />

Today we will explain the three<br />

vitally important aspects of inhouse<br />

conversion — speed,<br />

accuracy and image quality. When all three aspects are<br />

successful, you have a true digital copy of your essential<br />

microfilm archives.<br />

High-Speed Scanning<br />

There are many microfilm scanners on the market that claim<br />

to be high-speed, but how is that defined? For some, 100<br />

pages per minute seems fast, but to others, that is merely<br />

scratching the surface of the speed that is achievable. True<br />

high-speed microfilm conversion scanners are capable of<br />

scanning rolls of microfilm anywhere from 150ppm to<br />

2,300ppm. The Eclipse from nextScan has been verified to<br />

scan 2,300ppm, the fastest scanner available on the market.<br />

That is over 20 times faster than some so-called high-speed<br />

scanners. Thought of in another way, you could scan 20 rolls<br />

of microfilm for everyone 1 roll on another scanner.<br />

What value is speed without<br />

accurate, high-quality scans? Not<br />

only is speed critical to a successful<br />

conversion program; the ability to<br />

ensure that all images were captured and to create<br />

impeccable digital scans is essential.<br />

Accuracy and Quality Control<br />

Looking at the empty spool on the scanner, you can see that<br />

the roll of film has completed the scanning process. You have<br />

successfully converted the entire roll of microfilm to digital,<br />

or have you? Without a way to verify that all images were<br />

positively identified, the digital copy of your roll of microfilm<br />

will be compromised. Computers are fast but not always<br />

perfect. There are a variety of reasons why images can be<br />

missed in the scanning process. With nextScan’s NextStar<br />

software, a user employs Ribbon Scanning to create a digital<br />

copy of the entire roll of microfilm. Utilizing a line scan<br />

sensor, nextScan scanners capture every single pixel, scanning<br />

the surface of the microfilm from top to<br />

bottom and end-to-end. If the software<br />

detects any problems with the image or<br />

density of the scans, it will notify the operator<br />

who can then correct those problems without<br />

having to perform a time consuming rescan.<br />

The next critical step is to perform a quality<br />

control function to ensure all the images on<br />

the film have been identified and are ready for<br />

export into your new digital archive. NextStar<br />

makes this step easy by presenting a simple<br />

grid of all the identified images on the roll.<br />

Any break in the grid pattern is easy to spot<br />

and inspect. If needed, the operator can<br />

quickly select the missing image so it is ready<br />

for output.<br />

Easily audit your scan using nextScan’s NextStar software.<br />

Captured images are displayed as a digital ribbon of individual<br />

frames making for easy detection of any missed pages.<br />

Be aware, there are many microfilm scanners<br />

that claim to convert rolls of microfilm at a<br />

high speed but do not supply any quality<br />

control processes. Without such technology,<br />

you cannot be confident that you will have<br />

created a complete digital copy. One missing<br />

Turn page to 3 Keys on page 24.<br />

8 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>


Nuclear regulatory commission -<br />

Legacy digitization project<br />

By Dean Martin<br />

NRC Sr. Information Management Analyst<br />

Current – ADAMS Main Library<br />

n November 2, 1999, the Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission (NRC) activated their digitized<br />

Agencywide Document Access<br />

and Management System<br />

(ADAMS). The ADAMS Main Library<br />

(ML) serves the agency as the internal<br />

document ingestion point, which is only<br />

accessible to NRC staff and contractors.<br />

The digital files added to ADAMS are<br />

assigned their own “Accession Number”<br />

profiled, which consists of metadata<br />

properties populated with key information, such as<br />

Document Title, Document Date, Author Name,<br />

Author Affiliation, Document Type, etc. Users are able<br />

to perform searches in ADAMS ML based on<br />

document content and/or metadata.<br />

Today, the ADAMS ML continues to serve the<br />

agency as the official record repository and, as of May<br />

25, <strong>2018</strong>, the ADAMS ML was home to 2,791,983<br />

documents (unique accession numbers). In addition,<br />

the ADAMS ML repository has 278,643 packages,<br />

which serve to link multiple documents (enclosures,<br />

reference, letters, etc.) that are related. There also exist<br />

151,931 folders in the ADAMS ML environment, which<br />

support offices/staffs organizational needs as well as<br />

the records file retention plans looking forward.<br />

Of all these documents and packages in ADAMS<br />

ML, 1,210,433 documents (87,651 packages) have been<br />

published to the NRCs Web Based ADAMS (WBA)<br />

Public Library. Public ADAMS documents may be<br />

accessed by the public members via the ADAMS Public<br />

Reading Room link. Also available at this site are the<br />

ADAMS Licensing Support Network (LSN) Library<br />

and ADAMS Legacy Library (ADAMS LL, which<br />

contains metadata only).<br />

Speaking of the ADAMS Legacy Library (metadata<br />

only), there have been numerous inquiries whether the<br />

actual pre-ADAMS documents associated with these<br />

profiles will ever get digitized?<br />

Pre-ADAMS ML – Legacy Library (LL)<br />

Prior to the existence of ADAMS, the NRC relied<br />

on the microform-based Nuclear Document System<br />

(NUDOCS) as the agency’s document<br />

management system, which was active from<br />

August 1978 through October 1999.<br />

NUDOCS supported retention of profile<br />

metadata, similar to the way ADAMS does<br />

today, but the actual documents were<br />

microfilmed (48X microfiche and aperture<br />

cards) and duplicate copies were<br />

disseminated throughout the agency and at<br />

public reading rooms for users to reference. Users<br />

could locate a document on microfiche by referencing<br />

the NUDOCS profile property “Microform Address”,<br />

which indicates the microfiche five character title and<br />

start/end frame numbers.<br />

A couple of years after the agency transitioned to<br />

ADAMS in 1999, the entire NUDOCS database<br />

(metadata only) was migrated to ADAMS (ADAMS<br />

LL). The entire NUDOCS collection represents<br />

profiles of approximately 2.4M documents, which are<br />

available on microfilm while the official record paper<br />

documents are stored at the NRCs archival storage<br />

facility located in Suitland, MD.<br />

Retrofitting Legacy Library<br />

Efforts to digitize (retrofit) portions of the ADAMS<br />

LL collection for ingestion into ADAMS ML for NRC<br />

user access have been ongoing since 2007. The LL<br />

retrofit conversion project has primarily focused on<br />

power reactor type material by plant, but has also<br />

included other collections, such as documents related to<br />

High Level Waste. As of May 30, <strong>2018</strong>, approximately<br />

334K (288K power reactor documents) NUDOCS<br />

documents referenced in the ADAMS LL have been<br />

digitized and migrated into ADAMS ML. As the paper<br />

NUDOCS documents were digitized, staff realized that<br />

a significant portion of the document collection for<br />

each plant could not be accounted for at the NRCs<br />

storage facility, for reason unknown. As a result, the<br />

Turn to NRC on page 11.<br />

10 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>


NRC<br />

Office of the Chief<br />

Information Officer<br />

Continued from Page 10<br />

(OCIO) decided to digitize<br />

the NUDOCS microfiche collection in lieu of the<br />

original paper, as it is complete and accounted for in the<br />

NUDOCS data base.<br />

In spite of the retrofit efforts over the past 10 years,<br />

there are still more than two million NUDOCS<br />

documents that have not been digitized and migrated<br />

into ADAMS ML, primarily due to lack of funding.<br />

However, in February of <strong>2018</strong>, the NRCs Executive<br />

Director of Operations (EDO) issued approval of<br />

OCIO‘s plan to proceed with digitization of not only the<br />

NUDOCS collection, but also the collection of Atomic<br />

Energy Commission (AEC) paper documents that<br />

preceded the NUDOCS era (pre-1979).<br />

Full Sweep Legacy Digitization<br />

Based on the chronological manner in which<br />

NUDOCS documents were microfilmed (documents on<br />

any one microfiche represented a random mix of<br />

licensees), it was decided that the most efficient and<br />

effective path forward was to digitize the entire<br />

NUDOCS microfiche and aperture cards collections.<br />

Undertaking of the NUDOCS microforms digitization<br />

project involves nearly 110,000 microfiche, which<br />

represent approximately 2.4 million documents that<br />

consist of nearly 39 million images. In addition, there<br />

are an estimated 113,500 single image aperture cards.<br />

The AEC paper document collection consists of an<br />

estimated 205,000 documents that comprise 3.3 million<br />

pages.<br />

Migration of the NUDOCS metadata into the<br />

ADAMS ML will be accomplished using a “Retrofitter”<br />

application, which was developed in 2007 to support the<br />

legacy conversion process. The significance of the<br />

Retrofitter is that it automatically extracts the metadata<br />

from the existing ADAMS LL (NUDOCS) profile for<br />

each digitized microform and automatically imports the<br />

data along with the digitized PDF into the ADAMS ML.<br />

The Retrofitter application has saved the NRC hundreds<br />

of thousands of dollars in resources over the course of<br />

its existence, eliminating the need to profile each legacy<br />

document added to ADAMS ML.<br />

Looking forward, the OCIO has obtained several<br />

informal estimates to digitize the NUDOCS microform<br />

collection as well as the paper AEC collection, for<br />

purposes of budgetary planning. A top OCIO priority is<br />

to achieve optimum quality image files in the digitization<br />

process, which becomes especially challenging with<br />

regard to the AEC paper documents, as this material is<br />

dated 1975 and older, which typically includes flimsy<br />

carbon copy type pages. Another area of concern is<br />

determining the actual image file breakpoint on<br />

microfiche from one document to the next.<br />

The quality of the NUDOCS microforms is very<br />

good in terms of the actual microfiche images being in<br />

compliance with microfilm standards and specifications.<br />

This included adherence to density, resolution, grid<br />

alignment, as well as completeness and image quality, as<br />

a 100% QC check was performed of every microfiche<br />

against the actual paper documents. The only known<br />

complete collection of NUDOCS microfiche and<br />

aperture cards in existence today are the 1 st generation<br />

silver originals, so these will be used for the digitization<br />

project.<br />

Forward<br />

As of press time, there are funding “commitments<br />

of intent” to cover the cost to digitize the entire paper<br />

AEC collection (3.3 million pages) over the course of<br />

the next 2 years. Conversion of the AEC documents<br />

has been given a first priority since it is a one-of-a-kind<br />

collection and does not reside in any data base. Funding<br />

to cover the digitization cost of the NUDOCS<br />

microforms (39M images) are still being negotiated, but<br />

this conversion effort will most likely be performed on<br />

site at the NRCs Headquarters complex. Since the AEC<br />

and microform digitization tasks can run in parallel, it is<br />

anticipated that the NUDOCS microforms digitization<br />

effort will also be completed in approximately 2 years,<br />

pending funding.<br />

Why join <strong>NIRMA</strong> and why attend the<br />

conference?<br />

The answer is evident, you are entitled to access the full<br />

array of our products and services, which includes<br />

website, technical guidelines, position papers,<br />

conference material and networking opportunities. In<br />

addition to networking opportunities, we offer<br />

educational sessions prior to the conference. This is a<br />

great opportunity to gain additional knowledge.<br />

Click here to register.<br />

Michelle Smith<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> President<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 11


APPLYING EMERGING<br />

TECHNOLOGIES TO<br />

MICROFILM SOLUTIONS<br />

By James Westoby, President e-ImageData<br />

icrofilm is an ancient document storage<br />

medium that is still relevant today. Microfilm<br />

has long been trusted as a low cost, reliable,<br />

and secure method of document storage across<br />

all sectors of the world’s societies. And, now, with the<br />

proliferation of computer technology speeding our use<br />

of data, microfilm scanners have become a true partner<br />

in the advancing capabilities of the records management<br />

enterprise.<br />

For several decades, microfilm scanners have been<br />

an essential tool for retrieving and<br />

digitizing stored documents.<br />

Technological strides have<br />

enabled replacing yesterday’s<br />

large, slow, and weighty machines<br />

with today’s small, light, speedy,<br />

and efficient multi-purpose<br />

scanners. Today’s microfilm scanners are also<br />

recognized as being environmentally friendly, both<br />

cutting back on paper waste and providing energy<br />

efficiency. Most leading scanners today are Energy Star<br />

certified.<br />

Until recently, however, customers needed to<br />

purchase two pieces of equipment to accomplish the<br />

full range of scanner capability. One scanner was<br />

needed for on-demand reading, printing, and scanning<br />

and an additional scanner was needed for conversion<br />

scanning when converting microfilm to digital formats.<br />

Conversion scanners are, generally, large, expensive,<br />

high-speed microfilm-to-digital conversion machines.<br />

Years of documents can be safely converted in just a<br />

few days, leading to greater business efficiency and<br />

eliminating the chance of lost or misplaced information.<br />

Most on-demand scanners are smaller, lighter, less<br />

expensive microform (film, fiche, roll film, cartridge<br />

film, micro opaques, aperture cards, micro cards)<br />

devices. They allow the user to view-on-screen, print,<br />

and scan to other devices documents made efficiently<br />

available by a variety of on-board tools. The user can<br />

easily choose the desired image, alter it to obtain the<br />

best image quality for viewing, and print it or scan it for<br />

later use. On-demand scanning offers quick retrieval<br />

and sharing of documents.<br />

With new and innovative technology emerging in the<br />

micrographics industry, the single device combination<br />

of a desktop on-demand scanner and a conversion<br />

scanner is now being introduced. This type of scanner is<br />

the only microfilm solution that combines the features<br />

and benefits of both an on-demand reader/printer/<br />

scanner with the capability to do<br />

high-speed conversion right at<br />

your desktop. The conversion of<br />

confidential and highly sensitive<br />

information now can be handled<br />

on-site by your own staff, at your<br />

convenience.<br />

The opportunity to enjoy two scanners in one<br />

device is revolutionary and will not only greatly aid the<br />

users but will save on the budget and offer an excellent<br />

return on investment. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa<br />

Claus!<br />

For more information about on-demand,<br />

conversion scanners or the latest microfilm innovations,<br />

please visit www.e-ImageData.com.<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> Wants Your Photos!<br />

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magazine, we would like to have some real "work<br />

pictures" to use (with permission) for backdrop shots,<br />

etc. We are interested in photos of people in your<br />

workplace performing tasks, particularly around records<br />

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A Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power<br />

By Eugene Y. Yang, Principal Consultant,<br />

KISMET Consulting, Inc.<br />

his issue’s column reminisces about Karen Kulzick-Yang.<br />

She was the founder and President of KISMET<br />

Consulting, Inc. and also a loyal and faithful contributor<br />

to <strong>NIRMA</strong>. Karen passed away on 2/27/18 due to<br />

complications resulting from her four-year battle with stage 4<br />

breast cancer. I am writing this article, not only to honor my wife’s<br />

memory, but also to show how a young, enthusiastic “newbie”<br />

embraced <strong>NIRMA</strong> to be part of her career.<br />

I begin with Karen graduating from high school in 1984,<br />

having obtained a National Merit Scholarship. This<br />

scholarship took her to Washington University of St.<br />

Louis’ School of Engineering, where she earned dual<br />

bachelor degrees in 1988 in electrical engineering and<br />

computer science. During the summers, she worked at<br />

the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant in Minnesota.<br />

Karen was hired as an engineer at Wisconsin Electric<br />

Power Company (WE)’s Nuclear Department in August<br />

1988, supporting the Point Beach Nuclear Plant. In<br />

1990, she was assigned as the project manager for the<br />

department’s first electronic image management system,<br />

known as the Nuclear<br />

Information<br />

Management System<br />

(NIMS). This system<br />

supported electronic<br />

recordkeeping at both<br />

the plant and corporate<br />

headquarters.<br />

Karen, WEPCO office, Fall 1991<br />

At that time, I was with The Granite Group, Inc. (GGI),<br />

partnering with Dana Oman (former president of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>) and Walter (“Bud”) Sawatzky. We proposed<br />

to provide WE with consulting assistance in the needs<br />

analysis, design, and project management of the system.<br />

I met Karen for the first time when we provided our<br />

“best-and-final” presentation. We won the job and the<br />

project began in January 1991. Even though Karen was<br />

but 25 at the time, she was quietly assertive, smart, and<br />

mature beyond her years. This project provided her<br />

with experience in requirements analysis, project<br />

management, records<br />

management, budget/<br />

cost management,<br />

imaging system<br />

technologies, local area/<br />

wide area network<br />

impacts – and office<br />

politics!<br />

Karen demonstrates how NIMS<br />

puts document retrieval at<br />

employee’s fingertips.<br />

WE began to downsize in 1993 in anticipation of<br />

deregulation in the electric utility<br />

industry. Recognizing an opportunity,<br />

Karen saw that she could help other<br />

utilities/businesses with her skills as an<br />

information management systems expert.<br />

She took the severance package offered<br />

in early 1994 and, at 28, started KISMET<br />

Consulting. The irony is that she left as<br />

an employee on a Friday and was back at work at WE<br />

the following Monday as a contractor!<br />

Karen’s first <strong>NIRMA</strong> was in Charlotte in August 1991.<br />

An interview of her experience was published in the<br />

December 1991 Newsletter: “She was told by the<br />

records managers that ‘you needed more education in<br />

our area if you are working with information systems.<br />

You WILL go to <strong>NIRMA</strong>!’” She enjoyed herself<br />

immensely with both the presentations and social<br />

activities. The following year, she stepped up by<br />

presenting NIMS at <strong>NIRMA</strong> in San Francisco.<br />

Karen increased her commitment to <strong>NIRMA</strong>. In<br />

1993, she joined<br />

Turn to Karen on page 15.<br />

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Karen<br />

Continued from Page 14<br />

the Regulations Committee<br />

(the precursor to RIMBU)<br />

and started to participate in<br />

Technical Guidelines development. She was committed<br />

to getting the electronic records guidance “right”; her<br />

name appears as a key committee member in the 1998<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> TGs that were endorsed in the U.S. NRC’s<br />

Regulatory Issue Summary 00-18. She participated in a<br />

panel discussion on these TGs in 2001.<br />

Department of Energy (OCRWM), PC Docs, Exelon,<br />

and General Motors.<br />

Karen receiving the Scholarship Award, 2000<br />

(with Peggy Warner)<br />

TG Panel Discussion, 2001 –<br />

l to r: Eugene, Bruce Evans, Karen<br />

Karen continued to provide presentations at <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

conferences over the years; she also provided<br />

presentations to the Rio Grande Chapter of ARMA.<br />

She took on leadership roles. In 1994, the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Conference was held in Milwaukee; she played a major<br />

role on the planning committee. In 1995, she served as<br />

the ISO 9000 subcommittee chair, looking at<br />

ramifications to the nuclear industry. Her leadership<br />

track culminated in her becoming the Assistant Director<br />

of the Regulations Committee for 1999-2000, and later,<br />

as the Director of the Marketing and Membership<br />

Business Unit from 2000-2002. She also served as the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Webpage Coordinator from 1998-2002. In<br />

2000, Karen received a <strong>NIRMA</strong> Scholarship Award for<br />

her dedication to <strong>NIRMA</strong>; this award provided support<br />

to a deserving student at Washington University.<br />

Karen and I started our personal relationship at the<br />

Charlotte <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference. In the following years,<br />

we worked through a long-distance relationship, and on<br />

occasions, joined forces in consulting. In 1997, we<br />

“merged” our practices (read: got married!) and<br />

continued to do business as KISMET Consulting. For<br />

the next five years, we enjoyed engagements with clients<br />

such as DTE Energy, Omaha Public Power District, the<br />

In 2003, we did one more job together (Santee Cooper);<br />

our first child was born the year before. But the cost of<br />

having childcare in doing that job and her heart tugging<br />

to be with our son, made her decision easy to become a<br />

stay-at-home mom. Karen stepped away from the daily<br />

activities of our practice and thus ended her<br />

involvement with <strong>NIRMA</strong>. Over the subsequent years,<br />

she would dedicate herself to our (now) three children,<br />

support me in my work, and direct the children’s<br />

ministry at our church. Karen C. Kulzick-Yang, my<br />

wife, my partner, my love: this one is for you, good and<br />

faithful servant!<br />

KISMET Shirts – Door Prizes – Kansas City, 1999<br />

Eugene has been a member of <strong>NIRMA</strong> for over 32 years. At<br />

the time he joined, <strong>NIRMA</strong> had only been in existence for 11<br />

years. He would love to hear about stories and anecdotes from<br />

others, so please email him at eugene.yang@kismetconsulting.com.<br />

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attended the Asset Management Ecosystem<br />

conference in Baltimore this year where asset<br />

management experts from around the world talked<br />

“going digital” and “how to get new value” from<br />

their assets. Challenges were presented<br />

that organizations face as they try to get<br />

more value from their assets.<br />

A common touch point among the<br />

various presentations was the idea of<br />

“kings and kingdoms” of information being a nearly<br />

insurmountable obstacle to gaining more value from<br />

asset information. This is not a new story, nor is it<br />

confined to asset management. LNS Research just<br />

published a new report on risk management that made<br />

the same case; namely that siloed information is a barrier<br />

to maximizing an organization’s risk management<br />

programs. The need to leverage more information faster<br />

is a challenge that every organization faces.<br />

What is perhaps “different,” is solving this<br />

challenge. If we think about various forms of<br />

governments and organizations of the past, there are<br />

many parallels in how we manage documents and<br />

information. From monarchies to oligarchies to<br />

democracies, nations and organizations have tried to<br />

find the perfect balance of governance to obtain their<br />

KINGS AND KINGDOMS<br />

Do we need a<br />

revolution?<br />

By Jim Newman<br />

Sr. Director of Product Management,<br />

Bentley Systems<br />

best outcomes. So, in<br />

today’s world, what are<br />

the options?<br />

Organizations<br />

have for decades<br />

attempted to create a<br />

single source of truth –<br />

the be-all, end-all<br />

container of information for all decision making<br />

(much like a monarchy). In most organizations, that<br />

vision never came close to being true. Likewise,<br />

organizations live in a hybrid world of databases,<br />

spreadsheets, and self-owned repositories of<br />

information where each “owner” has a say<br />

in how that information is used<br />

(democratic information management).<br />

Since neither option has gotten the results<br />

that most organizations want, what does a<br />

new model look like? Can we leverage the<br />

power of existing kingdoms while gaining more control<br />

and clarity over the information that helps us make<br />

decisions at every level of the organization? Can we<br />

really obtain this idea of “digital line of sight” or<br />

“alignment” that we need?<br />

When Kingdoms Collide<br />

Let’s think about why kingdoms exist within<br />

organizations. Operations, maintenance, and engineering<br />

teams have unique needs for information, even if<br />

sometimes, the “root” of that information is common.<br />

How you operate a pump is quite different than the<br />

information needed to replace it or to maintain it.<br />

Sometimes, these different needs and outcomes result in<br />

conflict between the kingdoms, as one needs to “make it<br />

Turn to Kings and Kingdoms on page 17.<br />

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Kings and Kingdoms<br />

Continued from Page 16<br />

run” while another<br />

kingdom is<br />

responsible for<br />

“keeping it new.” Meanwhile, the corporate kingdom<br />

just wants to understand the financial implications that<br />

their combined assets will deliver. But each kingdom<br />

needs to have information from other kingdoms to<br />

make better decisions and achieve the organization’s<br />

corporate goals. So, to continue our parallel between<br />

government and organizations, what would that model<br />

look like?<br />

In a world that is<br />

increasingly going digital,<br />

building a connected data<br />

environment is the answer<br />

that enables the federated<br />

kingdoms to find their<br />

greatest value.<br />

Federated Kingdoms<br />

The European Union was intended to be a federated<br />

trade organization. The target was not to usurp or<br />

overthrow existing kingdoms and their governments.<br />

Instead, the concept was to enable federated kingdoms<br />

to work together and improve their economic<br />

prosperity, first through reducing trade barriers and later<br />

by solving additional objectives that the member states<br />

deemed important. What could this model tell us about<br />

how organizations might solve the “kings and<br />

kingdoms” problems that exist today?<br />

Every “kingdom” within an organization exists for a<br />

reason and brings with it some strengths. What is<br />

“missing” is the common federation between those<br />

kingdoms that enable this expertise to be leveraged most<br />

efficiently to achieve the common, corporate-wide goals.<br />

In our analogy, this would equate to dropping trade<br />

barriers between nations to eliminating information<br />

barriers across an organization. So, what if there were a<br />

way to “keep the kingdom” where that makes sense, but<br />

still obtain this idea of a “federated set of nations” that<br />

work together to obtain higher goals than any individual<br />

kingdom could ever obtain or the “non-federated” set<br />

could ever achieve?<br />

It is this concept of “federated kingdoms” that<br />

results in the need for a connected data environment in<br />

today’s organizations. Unlike the traditional “common<br />

data environment,” which implies single repositories of<br />

truth and “single sovereignty” over information,<br />

connected data environments enable organizations to<br />

determine where sovereignty over information quality<br />

and consistency should live. Digital workflows enable<br />

each kingdom to manage their part of information<br />

quality while ensuring that other kingdoms are not<br />

negatively impacted by unmanaged or unplanned<br />

change. Digital contexts then enable each of the<br />

federated nations to leverage the combined, consistent,<br />

and trusted information to make decisions related to<br />

their own individual needs, while also ensuring that the<br />

organization’s larger contexts are also visible, actionable,<br />

and sustainable. Through federated information<br />

management, organizations can leverage the expertise of<br />

their teams and develop best-practice, discipline-specific<br />

workflows, while enabling the organization to leverage<br />

the vast knowledge existing across the federated<br />

kingdoms. This results in better visibility and better<br />

decision-making.<br />

So, is it time for a revolution?<br />

Should we storm the gates of each kingdom within<br />

an organization and dethrone the existing government?<br />

Or, should we consider how to build our own<br />

organizational unions, leverage the expertise of various<br />

disciplines, and federate them into a more powerful<br />

organization that manages and distributes information<br />

across the organization to achieve the desired outcomes.<br />

In a world that is increasingly going digital, building a<br />

connected data environment is the answer that enables<br />

the federated kingdoms to find their greatest value.<br />

Jim Newman is senior director of product management with<br />

Bentley Systems. He can be reached at<br />

jim.newman@bentley.com.<br />

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The 42nd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

will be held at the beautiful<br />

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NRC’s MARGIE JANNEY’S<br />

CERTIFICATIONS ARE A<br />

MATTER OF RECORD<br />

NRC’s Agency Records Officer Margie Janney<br />

recently earned a<br />

combination of<br />

certifications that nobody<br />

else has. She is now a CRM/NS/<br />

FED! As the agency records<br />

officer since 2016, and chief of<br />

the Office of the Information<br />

Officer’s Information<br />

Management Services Branch,<br />

Margie is responsible for:<br />

• Ensuring information<br />

management policy, standards, and governance<br />

are developed and followed based on applicable<br />

law and regulations and, when appropriate,<br />

industry best practices;<br />

• Managing the Document Processing Center<br />

(DPC);<br />

• ADAMS processing;<br />

• The agency’s Sensitive Unclassified Non-<br />

Safeguards Information (SUNSI) program;<br />

• The transition to the Controlled Unclassified<br />

Information (CUI) program; and<br />

• The agency’s forms program.<br />

Margie became a Certified Records Manager (CRM)<br />

in 1995. The CRM designation is certified by the<br />

Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM), an<br />

international certifying organization of and for<br />

professional records and information managers. The<br />

ICRM was incorporated in 1975 to meet the<br />

requirement of having a standard by which persons<br />

involved in records and information management could<br />

be measured, accredited, and recognized according to<br />

criteria of experience and capability established by their<br />

peers.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> worked with the ICRM to develop an<br />

advanced nuclear industry-specific examination that can<br />

only be obtained after becoming a CRM. In 1996,<br />

Margie became the first certified Nuclear Information<br />

and Records Specialist<br />

(NS) to sit for and pass<br />

the exam.<br />

For almost 8<br />

months over the past year, Margie worked with other<br />

volunteers to develop a second advanced examination<br />

for the ICRM, the Federal Specialist (FED). The<br />

examination was developed for CRMs whose field of<br />

professional practice involves records and information<br />

programs of the U.S. Government, whether as a Federal<br />

government employee, uniformed military, vendor,<br />

consultant, or contractor. Because of their work on the<br />

development of the FED exam, Margie and the other<br />

volunteers were granted the FED designation.<br />

In order to maintain her CRM/NS/FED<br />

designations, Margie will have to complete the following<br />

coursework every 5 years:<br />

• 100 education hours related to records and<br />

information management<br />

• 20 education hours related to nuclear records<br />

and information management<br />

• 20 education hours related to Federal<br />

information and records management<br />

Editors<br />

Neal and Sandra Miller<br />

DevereauxInc@outlook.com<br />

Advertising<br />

Neal.F.Miller@gmail.com<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Headquarters<br />

Sarah Perkins<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Administrator<br />

245 Sunnyridge Ave., #41<br />

Fairfield, CT 06824<br />

nirma@nirma.org<br />

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From the President<br />

Michelle Smith<br />

his past February, the <strong>NIRMA</strong> board met to<br />

discuss <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s strategic plan and how the<br />

board could continue the growth of our<br />

membership. We reviewed our <strong>NIRMA</strong> mission<br />

statement and took an in-depth look into the strategic<br />

plan of the organization. With the membership in mind,<br />

we determined that small changes could make big<br />

returns for <strong>NIRMA</strong>.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s overall goal is to provide the industry with<br />

an avenue that allows industry engagement, professional<br />

and personal growth, and create educational<br />

opportunities while supporting the<br />

regulated nuclear and selected<br />

industries, agencies and their<br />

regulators in the development,<br />

implementation, and administration<br />

of documents, records, and<br />

information management processes<br />

to facilitate cost-effective operations<br />

and regulatory compliance.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s High Level <strong>2018</strong> Goals<br />

• Increase membership and conference attendance<br />

• Increase <strong>NIRMA</strong> awareness through website<br />

enhancements<br />

• Outreach – continue building relationships with<br />

external organizations<br />

What <strong>NIRMA</strong> Offers Members<br />

Professional Forum: <strong>NIRMA</strong> provides individuals<br />

and their organizations with real and timely<br />

opportunities:<br />

• Influence industry direction and regulatory<br />

policy<br />

• Collaborate with industry peers on industry best<br />

practices<br />

• Contribute to resolution of emerging industry<br />

issues<br />

• Develop ANSI Standards and other technical<br />

and management guidance documents that<br />

address evolving challenges in today’s energy<br />

environment<br />

• Develop and train Information Management<br />

As industry leaders,<br />

we are implementing<br />

changes and we hope you<br />

enjoy this wonderful ride<br />

with us.<br />

Staff in Records<br />

Management, Document<br />

Control, and Information Management basics.<br />

In addition, individuals can assume leadership roles<br />

that support personal growth and development goals, as<br />

well as provide direct benefit to their respective<br />

organizations.<br />

Professional Certification ; <strong>NIRMA</strong> has a<br />

professional alliance with the Institute of Certified<br />

Records Managers (ICRM) where advanced certification<br />

and recognition of Nuclear<br />

Information and Records Specialist<br />

(NS) is conferred for Certified<br />

Records Managers (CRM) and<br />

Certified Records Analyst (CRA)<br />

who meet the NS qualifications. We<br />

also offer an opportunity for CRMs/<br />

CRAs to receive certification credits<br />

for attendance at the educational<br />

sessions and/or the <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference.<br />

“Look at <strong>NIRMA</strong> now”<br />

• Website changes are coming your way. The<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> website is transitioning into a more user<br />

-friendly platform that allows our members and<br />

vendors to have readily available easy access to<br />

all information.<br />

• Looking at the overall content of the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

conference allowed the board to incorporate<br />

improvements that benefit our membership.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> board agreed to eliminate the half-day<br />

session. By doing this, we reduced cost for our<br />

membership and helped <strong>NIRMA</strong> support the<br />

Nuclear Promise by giving back to our facilities.<br />

• Vendor Exhibit day now held on Monday,<br />

creates a cost savings for our vendors. We will<br />

be introducing each vendor and allowing them<br />

an opportunity to speak to the membership.<br />

As industry leaders, we are implementing changes and<br />

we hope you enjoy this wonderful ride with us. I am<br />

looking forward to seeing each of you at the conference.<br />

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In our newest column, we will meet <strong>NIRMA</strong> Vice-<br />

President, Janice Hoerber. Janice is the IT Supervisor at<br />

Ameren’s Callaway Energy Center in Fulton, Missouri where she<br />

began her 33 year career as a programmer, and now oversees the<br />

onsite IT software applications & staff. She is also the Software<br />

Quality Assurance<br />

(SQA) program owner.<br />

She has been a member of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> since 1997<br />

and has served on the<br />

Board of Directors in the<br />

Treasurer role for 10<br />

years before transitioning<br />

to Vice President in<br />

<strong>2018</strong>.<br />

transporting players<br />

to sand courts and<br />

team camps,<br />

running a USA<br />

volleyball club, and<br />

following our<br />

daughters' playing<br />

years. Great times!<br />

Q: Favorite movie or television show?<br />

A: My generation grew up with some great classic TV<br />

series. It's fun to still find episodes of Magnum PI and I<br />

Love Lucy out there to unwind and take you back in<br />

time. I am old school on movies too, never tiring of the<br />

classic "White Christmas" over the holidays.<br />

Janice and her husband<br />

Bob have three daughters<br />

(now in their twenties)<br />

who were known to have<br />

traveled to <strong>NIRMA</strong> in<br />

the early years.<br />

Q: What things do you enjoy in your free time?<br />

A: At home I enjoy my cats, a good cup of coffee, and<br />

reading. For vacation, I like to travel and go on a<br />

Caribbean cruise with my family. A beach will never let<br />

you down!<br />

Q: What impact has <strong>NIRMA</strong> had on your career?<br />

A: I used to be very shy and it bothered me enough to<br />

want to change. I attended <strong>NIRMA</strong> conferences with<br />

the Records Management supervisors over the years.<br />

We did presentations together to share our knowledge,<br />

but also to practice speaking in front of friendly faces at<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>. My volunteer service as a <strong>NIRMA</strong> board<br />

member has developed leadership skills and budget<br />

experience that I use in my work position at Callaway. I<br />

highly recommend getting involved in <strong>NIRMA</strong> as a way<br />

to advance your own career.<br />

Q: Do you have a favorite hobby?<br />

A: I have long enjoyed the sport of volleyball. I played<br />

at William Woods College earning the honor of<br />

Academic All-American. Bob and I met 32 years ago<br />

playing in a local volleyball tournament. Through the<br />

years, our daughters excelled in the sport, as well. We<br />

devoted much time and travel to youth volleyball,<br />

Janice with her husband, Bob and daughters.<br />

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News from the<br />

Secretary<br />

Significant <strong>NIRMA</strong> Activity: Report of Audit of Nuclear Information and Records<br />

Management Association (<strong>NIRMA</strong>) ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer<br />

Lona Smith<br />

Background<br />

he Nuclear Information and Records<br />

Management Association (<strong>NIRMA</strong>) has a longstanding<br />

liaison relationship with the American<br />

National Standards Institute (ANSI) since being<br />

granted accreditation as an ANSI-Accredited Standards<br />

Developer (ASD) in 1989. This accreditation authorizes<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> to submit proposed ANSI Standards in the<br />

area of nuclear information and records management<br />

for industry consensus. Proposed standards, revisions,<br />

reaffirmations and withdrawals are all potential ANSI<br />

Standards activities.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> is the nuclear industry’s leader in information<br />

and records management. Since 1976, <strong>NIRMA</strong> has been<br />

uniquely qualified to provide guidance to commercial<br />

and Department of Energy facilities in the areas of<br />

quality records programs, regulatory compliance<br />

activities, electronic records initiatives, document<br />

management technologies, information management<br />

and knowledge management issues.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> is a Not-For-Profit Corporation governed by<br />

a Board of Directors and has members from the U.S. as<br />

well as international communities. <strong>NIRMA</strong> provides<br />

information to its members through newsletters, biannual<br />

business unit meetings, the <strong>NIRMA</strong> website, and<br />

the annual conference.<br />

Management for Nuclear Facilities, i.e., ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

CM 1.0. Based on that activity, ANSI scheduled an<br />

Audit for the first part of <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> participated in this audit during the period of<br />

January through June <strong>2018</strong>. Details of the audit activities<br />

and results are included below.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> has provided its draft response to ANSI and<br />

will submitting its official response by mid-June.<br />

Primary actions required are revisions to the<br />

Administrative Procedure that governs the conduct of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s activities related to its ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Standards.<br />

Audit Introduction<br />

Clause 4.1.3 of the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due<br />

Process Requirements for American National Standards<br />

(“ANSI Essential Requirements”) provides authority for<br />

ANSI to audit ANSI-accredited standards developers.<br />

The purpose of an audit is to verify compliance with the<br />

criteria for accreditation and to verify that the standards<br />

developer's procedures and practices continue to be<br />

consistent with the current ANSI Essential Requirements.<br />

Further, the audit may produce suggested changes in<br />

practice or procedure when, in the opinion of the<br />

auditor, such changes would result in more efficient or<br />

effective standards development operations.<br />

Audit<br />

To retain <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s accreditation as an ASD, and in<br />

concert with the applicable provisions of ANSI’s<br />

Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for<br />

American National Standards, periodic audits by ANSI<br />

are required. Audits are typically conducted by ANSI<br />

based on recent activities related to an Approved<br />

ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong> Standard.<br />

In 2015, <strong>NIRMA</strong> conducted a process for<br />

Reaffirmation of its Standard for Configuration<br />

Auditor and the Type of Audit<br />

Lois M. Ferson served as the auditor. This audit was<br />

conducted via materials sent directly to the auditor on<br />

February 5, <strong>2018</strong> and sent on other dates based on<br />

subsequent requests for additional information.<br />

Scope of the Audit<br />

The audit involved a review of <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s operations<br />

pertaining to standards development. Since its last audit<br />

in 2008, one <strong>NIRMA</strong> American National Standards was<br />

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News from the Secretary<br />

Continued from Page 22<br />

approved. Based<br />

upon criteria<br />

administered by<br />

the Director of the ANSI Standards Developer Audit<br />

Program, one standard was selected for this audit.<br />

Conduct of the Audit<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> provided the auditor with a copy of the<br />

completed pre-audit questionnaire (Attachment A), as<br />

well as documentation substantiating the responses. On<br />

January 5, <strong>2018</strong>, Lois Ferson, ANSI Auditor; Jay<br />

Moskowitz, Director, ANSI Standards Developer Audit<br />

Program; Sarah Perkins, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Administrator; and<br />

Rich Giska, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Volunteer ANSI Liaison,<br />

participated in a pre-audit telephone conference, which<br />

provided an opportunity for questions and answers<br />

from both parties. After this call, the audit was<br />

conducted in three phases: an examination of records<br />

and documentation by the auditor; development of<br />

audit findings, recommendations and comments by the<br />

auditor; and a post-audit conference with <strong>NIRMA</strong> staff.<br />

Post Audit Conference<br />

The findings, recommendations and comments were<br />

discussed during a post audit teleconference call that<br />

was held on April 25, <strong>2018</strong>. Those who participated<br />

were Rich Giska, <strong>NIRMA</strong> volunteer ANSI Liaison; Ed<br />

Springer, <strong>NIRMA</strong> volunteer member; Lois Ferson,<br />

ANSI Auditor; and Jay Moskowitz, Director, ANSI<br />

Standards Developer Audit Program.<br />

The overall audit was deemed very good by Jay<br />

Moskowitz, Director, ANSI Standards Developer Audit<br />

Program. The auditor expressed appreciation for the<br />

cooperation extended by the <strong>NIRMA</strong> staff. Sarah did an<br />

excellent job of searching and finding all the<br />

documentation required to be submitted to ANSI. This<br />

included emails and documents from 2011-2012<br />

through 2015. The auditor gave Sarah high accolades<br />

for being able to provide all that she did. A welldeserved<br />

recognition...!<br />

The audit report was sent to Sarah and Rich on April<br />

30 th with the action to develop a response to the audit.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s obligation was to submit this Audit Response<br />

within ~ 30 days to address the core findings/<br />

recommendations.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> ACTIONS<br />

Draft Response<br />

Rich developed a draft response that addressed all the<br />

items identified by the auditor. This included:<br />

• Compliance issues and recommendations<br />

• Administrative issues and recommendations<br />

• Follow-up on <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s action items from the<br />

2007 Audit<br />

• Suggestions provided by the Auditor<br />

The draft was provided to the ANSI Audit Director<br />

for initial feedback on May 29, <strong>2018</strong>. The Audit<br />

Director provided his feedback and proposed changes<br />

were submitted back to him. He indicated the proposed<br />

changes were acceptable and that the submitted draft<br />

satisfied the 30-day response requirement. <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s<br />

Official Response will be submitted in June.<br />

Final Response<br />

• The updated report with proposed responses<br />

will be submitted to the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board<br />

members for review.<br />

• Based on Board feedback, updates will be made<br />

as needed<br />

• Upon approval from the Board, <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Official Response will be submitted by the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Administrator to Jay Moskowitz,<br />

Director, ANSI Standards Developer Audit<br />

Program<br />

• This submittal is planned for mid-June<br />

Follow-up Actions<br />

• Based on the Audit Response, <strong>NIRMA</strong> will<br />

revise its Administrative Procedure AP13 to<br />

address the issues identified in the audit.<br />

• The proposed revisions to AP13 will be<br />

submitted to the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board per applicable<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> administrative procedures for review<br />

and approval.<br />

• The new approved revision for AP13 will be<br />

submitted to ANSI for reaccreditation in the<br />

September <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

• ANSI will review the revised AP13 and verify<br />

compliance with the current ANSI Essential<br />

requirements that govern standards activities.<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> anticipates receiving notice of<br />

reaccreditation before the end of <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

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Professional<br />

Development<br />

Business Unit<br />

News<br />

By Tammy Cutts, PDBU Director<br />

reparations for the <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

continue, and the<br />

Professional Development<br />

Business Unit (PDBU) has some<br />

fantastic opportunities for you at<br />

this year’s conference. You can become more involved<br />

in <strong>NIRMA</strong> and support your own development by<br />

leading a session, taking training, becoming co-director<br />

of the PDBU, or joining any of the business units as a<br />

member.<br />

I am also seeking one or two co-directors to assist<br />

me with the PDBU. For additional information about<br />

the above, the PDBU in general, or if you are<br />

interested in becoming a co-director, please contact me<br />

at tammy.cutts@pge.com.<br />

Anita S. Beren<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Treasurer<br />

Financial Holdings:<br />

6/5/<strong>2018</strong><br />

Checking Account $ 43,715.02<br />

Investment Account $ 130,840.02<br />

TOTAL $ 174,555.04<br />

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<strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Conference<br />

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Quarter of U.S.<br />

Nuclear Fleet at<br />

Risk for Closure<br />

Lawmakers pass pro-Yucca<br />

Mountain bill<br />

Over a quarter of US nuclear fleet<br />

not covering costs: BNEF<br />

DOE Congress Recognize Nuclear’s<br />

Clean Uses Beyond Electricity<br />

More than a quarter of U.S. nuclear<br />

power plants do not earn enough<br />

revenue to cover operating costs,<br />

according to a report published by<br />

Bloomberg New Energy Finance<br />

(BNEF) on May 15.<br />

The at-risk nuclear sites represent a<br />

total generation capacity of 32.5 GW,<br />

BNEF analysts Nicholas Steckler and<br />

Chris Gadomski, said in their report.<br />

The total revenue gap for these<br />

projects is estimated at around $1.3<br />

billion per year, the analysts said.<br />

Nuclear operators face continuing<br />

pressure from low wholesale electricity<br />

prices, driven by low gas prices and<br />

rising renewable energy capacity.<br />

Last month, the U.S. state of New<br />

Jersey passed bills which provide<br />

nuclear power generators with price<br />

support and sets a target of 50%<br />

renewable energy by 2030. New<br />

Jersey's nuclear subsidies follow on<br />

from similar support mechanisms<br />

introduced in the states of New York<br />

and Illinois.<br />

Nuclear operators have already<br />

announced plans to close 11 GW of<br />

nuclear power capacity by 2025,<br />

according to the U.S. Energy<br />

Information Administration (EIA).<br />

The EIA predicts additional unplanned<br />

retirements will reduce total U.S.<br />

nuclear generating capacity from 99<br />

GW in 2017 to 79 GW by 2050, in its<br />

latest reference case scenario.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

Last week the federal government<br />

took great strides—both<br />

internationally and here at home—<br />

to recognize and promote nuclear<br />

energy’s most promising attributes<br />

of emission-free electricity<br />

generation, reliability and resiliency.<br />

Nearly every country in the world is<br />

currently engaged in efforts to<br />

reduce their carbon emissions while<br />

growing their economies. Currently,<br />

449 reactors in 30 countries provide<br />

34 percent of the world’s clean<br />

electricity—that figure is 56 percent<br />

in the United States. However,<br />

many discussions about increasing<br />

the use of clean energy continue to<br />

exclude nuclear from consideration.<br />

At a clean energy ministerial-level<br />

meeting in Denmark, U.S. Deputy<br />

Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette<br />

joined Canada and Japan in<br />

launching a global initiative that will<br />

start to redress that imbalance.<br />

The Nuclear Innovation: Clean<br />

Energy (NICE) Future initiative’s<br />

mission is to highlight the value of<br />

nuclear energy as a clean, reliable<br />

and resilient energy source. Other<br />

countries participating in the<br />

initiative include Russia, South<br />

Africa, the United Arab Emirates<br />

and the United Kingdom, and more<br />

than a dozen countries have<br />

expressed interest in joining.<br />

NICE “will make sure nuclear has a<br />

seat at the table during discussions<br />

about innovation and advanced clean<br />

energy systems of the future,”<br />

Brouillette said at the meeting.<br />

As Secretary Perry has stated, we don’t<br />

have to choose between boosting our economy<br />

or protecting our environment. We can<br />

achieve both.<br />

— Dan Brouillette, U.S. Deputy<br />

Secretary of Energy<br />

The initiative promotes the use of<br />

innovative nuclear systems that will<br />

play a critical role in worldwide<br />

decarbonization. These can be<br />

applied to electric and nonelectric<br />

uses, such as desalination, industrial<br />

process heat, systems that integrate<br />

baseload nuclear and variable<br />

renewable sources, flexible electricity<br />

grids, hydrogen production and<br />

energy storage. The initiative also will<br />

focus on the development of small<br />

modular reactors and advanced<br />

reactors.<br />

“Nuclear power is finally being<br />

sufficiently recognized as the<br />

workhorse of the global clean energy<br />

sector,” said ClearPath Foundation<br />

Executive Director Rich Powell, who<br />

attended the meeting.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Read<br />

full article here.<br />

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Exelon Generation’s ’Fishing for a Cure’ Raises $55,000 for<br />

Ronald McDonald House Charities<br />

Braidwood Station employees rally to support fellow coworker and his family.<br />

MAY 15, <strong>2018</strong><br />

BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Braidwood Station employees<br />

raised $55,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities<br />

(RMHC) on Saturday, May 12 during the site's annual<br />

'Fishing for a Cure' tournament. The annual bass<br />

fishing contest, Braidwood Station's signature<br />

charitable event, has now raised $560,000 for local<br />

charities since it began in 2002.<br />

amounts raised in the event's 17-year history. "We have<br />

used the Ronald McDonald House facilities many<br />

times since Ava was diagnosed. I am humbled and<br />

blessed to work with such generous people and for a<br />

company that supports this type of event."<br />

This year, employees chose RMHC to receive proceeds<br />

in honor of Joe Shields, a Braidwood employee whose<br />

2-year-old granddaughter, Ava, was diagnosed with<br />

stage 4 cancer last year. Exelon pays for all the<br />

expenses of staging the event so 100 percent of the<br />

money raised through entry fees, employee raffles and<br />

donations go directly to<br />

the charity.<br />

"I am so touched," said<br />

Shields after learning of<br />

the $55,000 donation,<br />

one of the highest<br />

"We are blown away by the results," said Ben<br />

Morgridge, director of corporate partnerships with<br />

RMHC's Chicago and Northwest Indiana chapter.<br />

"This money will allow hundreds of families to stay at<br />

our facilities as they seek medical treatment for a<br />

child."<br />

Article reprinted with permission of Exelon Generation.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

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Biggest Reason States Are<br />

Saving Nuclear Plants:<br />

Carbon Emissions<br />

Three years ago there were about a dozen nuclearrelated<br />

bills in state houses; this year there are about<br />

100. That’s because more and more, the 30 states<br />

hosting our 99 nuclear plants are waking up to the fact<br />

that without them, their economic and environmental<br />

well-being are in jeopardy. Even in states without<br />

plants, nuclear technology is at the center of debates on<br />

clean energy, grid security and resiliency.<br />

Two years ago New York and Illinois pioneered zero<br />

emissions credit (ZEC) programs that compensated<br />

nuclear plants in those states for their carbon-free<br />

attributes. Last October, Connecticut joined those<br />

states with its Zero Carbon Procurement measure,<br />

which allows the Millstone nuclear plant to bid into<br />

markets with other zero-carbon energy sources like<br />

hydropower, wind and solar. As the architect of the<br />

New York and Illinois ZEC programs, Joe Dominguez,<br />

Exelon Corp.’s exec. VP of governmental and reg.<br />

affairs and public policy, received the William S. Lee<br />

Award for Industry Leadership this week.<br />

“Achieving the ZEC programs in New York and<br />

Illinois took Joe and his team years of daunting work,”<br />

NEI Chairman Donald Brandt said at the award<br />

ceremony during NEI’s annual conference, the Nuclear<br />

Energy Assembly. “Joe’s leadership and achievements<br />

on this effort have benefited the entire nuclear<br />

industry.” On the same day, New Jersey became the<br />

latest state to preserve its largest source of resilient and<br />

reliable carbon-free energy when Gov. Phil<br />

Murphy signed that state’s zero emission credit bill into<br />

law. “The Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants play<br />

pivotal roles in New Jersey’s economy and<br />

environment, and Gov. Murphy is to be commended<br />

for signing this bill into law to help preserve these<br />

critical energy assets,” NEI President and Chief<br />

Executive Officer Maria Korsnick said.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of Nuclear Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

MEMBERSHIP &<br />

MARKETING<br />

Business Unit<br />

News<br />

By Sheila Pearcy, M&MBU Director<br />

ur 42 nd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference is just<br />

around the corner! Have you completed your<br />

registration to attend? This conference is going<br />

to be filled with amazing excitement, energy;<br />

knowledge and networking for ALL that get to attend.<br />

There will be Dynamic Technical Sessions and Featured<br />

Speakers that will address many of your Information<br />

Management needs. Be on the lookout for our <strong>2018</strong><br />

conference application! The new app will keep you<br />

updated on the schedule and events for the conference.<br />

Please spread the word and let your management know<br />

what a great value you will receive by attending this<br />

superior Conference.<br />

SPREAD the WORD!!!<br />

Watch for the email Bulletins that are being sent out<br />

regarding the 42 nd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference! Please<br />

take the time to forward those bulletins to others who<br />

might be interested in participating in this amazing<br />

conference.<br />

Remember if you “BRING-a-BUDDY” to this <strong>2018</strong><br />

Conference, your name and your “Buddy” (a new<br />

attendee) will be put in a special drawing. Prizes are<br />

always fun! Just register yourself and your “Buddy”.<br />

Stay connected to <strong>NIRMA</strong> with LinkedIn, Facebook<br />

and now with Twitter (@<strong>NIRMA</strong>org)! We would like to<br />

encourage everyone to follow <strong>NIRMA</strong> on these<br />

social media avenues. This year we want to see<br />

lots of posts and tweets from our membership.<br />

This is a great way to share the experiences of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>.<br />

For additional information or questions, please<br />

contact:<br />

• Sheila Pearcy at 575.234.7523 or<br />

sheila.pearcy@wipp.ws ,<br />

• Dixie Frasier at defrasier@stpegs.com or<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board Member Lona Smith at<br />

lismith@STPEGS.COM.<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 27


STP GSI-191 Team attends nuclear<br />

energy assembly, receives tip award<br />

TP has won a Top Industry Practice (TIP) award<br />

for its risk-informed approach to addressing<br />

Generic Safety Issue 191 (GSI-191). This industrywide<br />

recognition and honor is well deserved and it<br />

speaks to both the talent and perseverance of our STP team.<br />

For more than six years, our STP team has led the industry in<br />

developing a risk-informed and deterministic methodology to<br />

solve the GSI-191 challenge. Partnering with academia and<br />

others in the industry, the team developed an innovative, risk<br />

-informed solution that guards safety and benefits our<br />

industry. Last July, the NRC approved a license amendment<br />

adopting a risk-informed resolution to GSI– 191. The<br />

NRC’s approval of the license amendment marks the<br />

successful completion of a multi-year effort led by STP to<br />

develop a risk-informed and deterministic methodology to<br />

solve the GSI-191 challenge. For nearly 20 years, GSI-191 –<br />

the assessment of debris accumulation on PWR sump<br />

performance – has been an industry-wide safety issue.<br />

Despite significant efforts, closure of GSI-191 had eluded<br />

resolution for plants like STP with large amounts of fibrous<br />

insulation. The NRC’s GSI-191 concern centered around<br />

the impact of fibrous debris following a loss of cooling<br />

accident (LOCA) on the ability of the containment sumps to<br />

maintain long-term cooling. The approved license<br />

amendment eliminates the need to replace fibrous insulation<br />

in both STP units and avoids 176 REM of exposure. The<br />

By Judy Triplett<br />

cost savings is estimated at approximately $43 million. In<br />

2010, STP was selected by the NRC to conduct a riskinformed<br />

pilot GSI-191 project. The team worked closely<br />

with the NRC over many years to solve a complex, technical<br />

issue.<br />

The GSI-191 Project Team received a Top Innovative<br />

Practice (TIP) Award on Tuesday, May 22 at the Nuclear<br />

Energy Assembly conference in Atlanta, Ga. The TIP<br />

Awards recognize innovative achievements in the nuclear<br />

industry each year. The STP Team was recognized for the<br />

development of a risk-informed resolution of General Safety<br />

Issue-191 (GSI-191). From left, Ernie Kee, Dave Rencurrel,<br />

Wayne Harrison, Steve Blossom, Rob Engen, Drew Richards<br />

and Wes Schulz, joined by Rudolpho Vaghetto, Texas A&M<br />

University, and Bruce Letellier, Alion Science and<br />

Technology, attended the conference and accepted the<br />

award.<br />

Tim Powell, STP’s President,<br />

CEO and CNO will be our<br />

keynote speaker on Sunday.<br />

Tim Powell joined team members Wayne Harrison, Drew Richards,<br />

and Wes Schulz (pictured above) in the exhibit hall during the<br />

conference to discuss the GS1-191 solution with industry partners.<br />

Tim Powell<br />

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The 42nd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference will<br />

be held at the beautiful<br />

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa,<br />

221 N Rampart Blvd.<br />

Las Vegas, Nev.<br />

The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is<br />

a luxury getaway, providing spacious<br />

rooms and suites, premium amenities and<br />

superb customer service.<br />

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