STATE-WIDE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL SAFEGUARDS

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Traditionally, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has relied upon prescriptive criteria to guide safeguards implementation. The prospect of replacing prescriptive safeguards criteria with more flexible performance criteria would constitute a structural change in safeguards and raises several important questions. Performance criteria imply that while safeguards goals will be fixed, the means of attaining those goals will not be explicitly prescribed. What would the performance objectives be under such a system? How would they be formulated? How would performance be linked to higher level safeguards objectives? How would safeguards performance be measured Statewide? The implementation of safeguards under performance criteria ... continued below

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BUDLONG-SYLVESTER, K. W. & STANBRO, W. D. June 1, 2001.

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Traditionally, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has relied upon prescriptive criteria to guide safeguards implementation. The prospect of replacing prescriptive safeguards criteria with more flexible performance criteria would constitute a structural change in safeguards and raises several important questions. Performance criteria imply that while safeguards goals will be fixed, the means of attaining those goals will not be explicitly prescribed. What would the performance objectives be under such a system? How would they be formulated? How would performance be linked to higher level safeguards objectives? How would safeguards performance be measured Statewide? The implementation of safeguards under performance criteria would also signal a dramatic change in the manner the Agency does business. A higher degree of flexibility could, in principle, produce greater effectiveness and efficiency, but would come with a need for increased Agency responsibility in practice. To the extent that reliance on prescriptive criteria decreases, the burden of justifying actions and ensuring their transparency will rise. Would there need to be limits to safeguards implementation? What would be the basis for setting such limits? This paper addresses these and other issues and questions relating to both the formulation and the implementation of performance-based criteria.

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-01-3689
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 782771
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc722478

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BUDLONG-SYLVESTER, K. W. & STANBRO, W. D. STATE-WIDE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL SAFEGUARDS, article, June 1, 2001; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc722478/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.