Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 15, No. 2)
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Manuscript Completed: April 2003
Date Published: April 2003
Reporting Period: October 1, 2002 – March 31, 2003
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
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, 2002, to March 31, 2003, in compliance with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.
During this reporting period, our office completed 12 performance and financial audits of NRC's programs and operations. This work led OIG to make numerous recommendations and suggestions to NRC for program improvement. In addition, OIG completed 23 investigations and 2 Event Inquiries, and made 26 referrals to NRC management. Finally, OIG analyzed seven contract audit reports issued by the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
Looking towards the future, OIG has engaged in an update of its strategic plan based in part on an assessment of the strategic challenges facing NRC. We seek to add value to NRC technical and administrative programs by aligning our strategic direction with NRC's mission and strategic goals.
As symbolized by the cover of this publication, this time in the history of the NRC is one marked by significant safety and security challenges for the agency and its licensees. OIG remains steadfast in its resolve to continue to work constructively with agency managers in their efforts to refine the efficiency and effectiveness of responsive agency programs that ultimately protect the health and safety of the public.
Finally, I would like to express my appreciation for the collaborative work between my staff and agency managers to address OIG findings and to implement many of the recommendations made by my office. I also want to express my appreciation to all OIG staff for their continued professionalism, dedication, and willingness to accept new challenges.
Hubert T. Bell