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Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 16, No. 1)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2003
Date Published: October 2003
Reporting Period: April 1, 2003 – September 30, 2003

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 April 1, 2003, to September 30, 2003, in compliance with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, as amended.

During this reporting period, our office completed 10 performance and financial audits of NRC's programs and operations. This work led OIG to make a number of recommendations and suggestions to the NRC for program improvement. In addition, OIG completed 52 investigations, two Event Inquiries, one special project and made 31 referrals to NRC management. These investigations resulted in $73,527 in recoveries and $421,000 in cost savings to the Federal Government. Finally, OIG analyzed eight contract audit reports, two of which identified $205,396 in questioned costs. NRC has disallowed the entire $205,396.

This year is especially significant in that it marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the IG Act of 1978. In celebrating the many accomplishments of the IG community, NRC OIG will use this next year as an opportunity to reflect, both individually and as a community, on the successes of our past and how we can continue to build on our accomplishments. In the next year, the IG community is looking to engage the Administration and the Congress in a dialogue on ways to improve upon the IG Act. The IGs as a community hope to share our past and articulate our vision for the future.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to Congress, as well as NRC's senior management, for their support of OIG's mission. We are committed to working together to carry out the mission established for us 25 years ago. We also look forward to working with the Administration, Congress, the Commission, and NRC staff in addressing the current and future challenges facing our Government.


Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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