United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 17, No. 2)

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Manuscript Completed: April 2005
Date Published: April 2005
Reporting Period: October 1, 2004 – March 31, 2005

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

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A Message from the Inspector General

Hubert T. Bell, Inspector GeneralThis Semiannual Report to Congress highlights the activities of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the 6-month period ending March 31, 2005.

Our work reflects the legislative mandate of the Inspector General Act to identify fraud, waste, and abuse and to recommend appropriate corrective actions. The audits and investigations highlighted in this report demonstrate our commitment to improving the NRC's programs and protecting their integrity.

Our office completed 10 performance and financial audit reports of NRC's programs and operations making numerous recommendations to NRC for program improvement. OIG also analyzed five contract audit reports of which two identified $42,204 in questioned costs. In addition, OIG completed 37 investigations which produced $51,539 in recoveries. Eleven cases were referred to the Department of Justice and 17 were forwarded to NRC management for action during this reporting period.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of our auditors, investigators, and support personnel who form the core of NRC OIG. The commendations that these employees continuously receive is evidence of the superior and solid work they have performed.

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

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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