United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 16, No. 2)

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Manuscript Completed: April 2004
Date Published: April 2004
Reporting Period: October 1, 2003 – March 31, 2004

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, 2003, to March 31, 2004, in compliance with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, as amended.

During this reporting period, our office completed 13 performance and financial audits of NRC's programs and operations. This work led OIG to make a number of recommendations to the NRC for program improvement and identified $156,264 of funds that could be put to better use. In addition, OIG completed 31 investigations and 1 Event Inquiry, and made 31 referrals to NRC management. These investigations resulted in $5,723 in recoveries for the Federal Government. Finally, OIG analyzed three contract audit reports which identified $109,191 in questioned costs.

The OIG remains committed in its resolve to assist the agency with the many challenges, current and future, associated with regulating the Nation's use of nuclear power. I look forward to working collaboratively with the NRC Commission, management, and agency staff at all levels in our common goals of ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of the programs that ultimately protect public health and safety. I also want to commend the OIG staff's continued professionalism, dedication, and willingness to accept new challenges which is instrumental in OIG's success.


Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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