Mr. Hubert T. Bell
On July 8, 1996, Mr. Hubert T. Bell took the oath of office and began his duties as the new Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Bell was nominated to fill this position by President Clinton in April and was confirmed by the Senate in June.
Mr. Bell is a graduate of Alabama State University and a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service. At the time of his nomination for the NRC post, Mr. Bell was Executive Director of Work Force Planning and Diversity Management for the Secret Service, and earlier had been Assistant Director for the agency's Office of Inspection.
Other Secret Service assignments included those of Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations; Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations; Agent-in-Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division; and Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu, Hawaii field office.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the Inspector General was established April 15, 1989, pursuant to Inspector General Act Amendments contained in Public Law 100-504. The mission of the NRC Inspector General, as spelled out in the Act is to: (1) conduct and supervise independent audits and investigations of agency programs and operations, (2) promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency within the agency, (3) prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in agency programs and operations, (4) review and make recommendations regarding existing and proposed regulations relating to agency programs and operations, and (5) keep the agency head and Congress fully informed of problems in agency programs. The Act also requires the IG to report to the NRC Chairman and Congress semiannually on the results of OIG activities.