United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

NRC: Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 13, No. 2)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2001
Date Published: May 2001
Reporting Period: October 1, 2000 – March 31, 2001

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 October 1, 2000, through March 31, 2001, 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 and one special evaluation 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 19 investigations, and made 37 referrals to NRC management. Finally, the OIG analyzed 16 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 each of the most serious management challenges facing the NRC, which the OIG updated and identified to Congress in November 2000.

I would like to commend all OIG staff members for their diligent work and commitment to providing quality services to our stakeholders, including Congress and the public. The OIG looks forward to continuing to work effectively with the Commission, as well as the agency's management and staff at all levels, in our common goals of ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of the programs that ultimately protect the health and safety of the public.

Sincerely,

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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