United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 12, No. 1)

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Manuscript Completed: November 1999
Date Published: November 1999
Reporting Period: April 1, 1999 - September 30, 1999

Office of Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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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 April 1, 1999, through September 30, 1999, in compliance with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

During this reporting period, our office completed 5 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 38 investigations and 1 Event Inquiry, and made 27 referrals to NRC management. Finally, the OIG analyzed 13 contract audit reports issued by the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

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

In light of these successes, I want you to know that it is my great privilege to work with OIG employees who care so much about the important role that they play and about the agency that they so proudly serve. I would also like to express the OIG's appreciation for the ongoing support and interest of the NRC's senior staff. I look forward to continuing this cooperative professional relationship.

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