United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 14, No. 1)

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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, 2001, through September 30, 2001, 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 audits that made 52 recommendations to the NRC for program improvements and identified $75,000 in funds that could be put to better use. Six contract audits conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency identified $2,422 in questioned costs. In addition, the OIG completed 35 investigations, and made 17 referrals to NRC management.

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 all seven of the most serious management challenges facing the NRC, which the OIG updated and identified to Congress in November 2000.

As we move forward from the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the OIG will do everything in its power to assist the NRC, our Government and the Federal law enforcement community in restoring peace and security to our Nation. We also look 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.

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