United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 17, No. 1)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2004
Date Published: October 2004
Reporting Period: April 1, 2004 – September 30, 2004

Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555

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Memorandum to the Chairman

I am pleased to present the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Semiannual Report to Congress on our activities for the half year beginning April 1, 2004. This report complies with Sections 4 and 5 of the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, as amended.

Before summarizing our recent activities, I want to acknowledge the excellence and competence of the auditors, investigators, and support staff who form the foundation of the NRC OIG. Just recently, for the second consecutive year, two of our audit and investigative teams were recognized by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency for outstanding performance. Most recently, the Award for Excellence in Audit was received for demonstrated leadership in evaluating the agency's compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act. The Award for Excellence in Investigations was received for outstanding work in establishing and building a highly specialized investigative capability in the OIG Computer Crimes Unit. I commend these talented men and women for their hard work and dedication to the mission of this office.

During this reporting period, our activities focused on the goals and strategies of our 5-year Strategic Plan and supporting Annual Plan. Our office completed 11 performance audits of NRC programs and operations. In addition, OIG completed 52 investigations and 1 Event Inquiry, and made 28 referrals to NRC management. OIG also analyzed six contract audit reports which identified $250,940 in questioned costs.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation for the collaborative work between my staff and agency managers to address OIG findings and implement the many recommendations made by my office. I look forward to continuing this work as we strive to accomplish our common goal of ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of NRC programs and operations.

Sincerely,

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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