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NRC: Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 11, No. 2)

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Manuscript Completed: April 1999
Date Published: April 1999
Reporting Period: October 1, 1998 – March 31, 1999

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

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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 October 1, 1998, through March 31, 1999, in compliance with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

During this reporting period, our office completed 9 performance and financial audits of the NRC's programs and operations. This work led the OIG to make several recommendations and suggestions to the NRC for program improvement. In addition, the OIG completed 35 investigations and 3 Event Inquiries, and made 46 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 $485,853 in costs.

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 8 of the 10 most serious management challenges facing the NRC, which the OIG identified to Congress in December 1998.

In light of these successes, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, NRC's senior managers, and the Congress for the strong support that the OIG received during this reporting period. I also want to commend all OIG employees for their continued professionalism, dedication, and willingness to accept new challenges during this period. Working together, I believe, we have taken positive steps to improve agency programs and operations.

Sincerely,

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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