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NRC: Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 11, No. 1)

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Manuscript Completed: November, 1998
Date Published: November, 1998
Reporting Period: April 1, 1998 – September 30, 1998

Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555

Availability Notice

Memorandum to the Chairman

On behalf of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), I am pleased to submit this Semiannual Report to the U.S. Congress. This report summarizes significant OIG activities during the period from April 1, 1998, through September 30, 1998, in compliance with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

During this reporting period, our office completed six performance and financial audits, as well as two special evaluations of the NRC's programs and operations. This work led the OIG to make several recommendations to the NRC for program improvement. In addition, the OIG completed 49 investigations and 1 Event Inquiry, and made 36 referrals to NRC management. Finally, the OIG analyzed 20 contract audit reports issued by the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Overall, these analyses caused the OIG to question $88,038 in costs, and enabled our office to identify $30,769 that could be put to better use.

As detailed later in this report, the audit and investigative activities carried out during this period, together with other initiatives that are still in progress, have specifically addressed 5 of the10 management challenges facing the NRC, which the OIG has previously identified to Congress.

We look forward to continuing to work creatively to assist you and the entire NRC staff in ensuring the highest levels of program efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity in the NRC's operations.

Sincerely,

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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