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Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 20, No. 2)

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Publication Information

Manuscript Completed: March 2008
Date Published: March 2008
Reporting Period: October 1, 2007 – March 31, 2008

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 GeneralI am pleased to present this Semiannual Report to Congress on the activities and accomplishments of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) from October 1, 2007, to March 31, 2008.

Our work reflects the legislative mandate of the Inspector General Act which is to identify and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse through the conduct of audits and investigations relating to NRC programs and operations. The audits and investigations highlighted in this report demonstrate our commitment to ensuring integrity and efficiency in NRC’s programs and operations.

During this semiannual reporting period, we issued 9 program audit reports and analyzed 2 contract audit reports. As a result of this work, OIG made recommendations to improve the effective and efficient operation of NRC’s safety, security, and corporate management programs. OIG also opened 35 investigations, and completed 29 cases. Seven of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and 18 allegations were referred to NRC management for action.

I would like to acknowledge our auditors, investigators, and support staff for their superior work and commitment to the mission of our office. I also want to congratulate the members of my audit staff who recently received the “Award for Excellence in Audit” issued by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. This award was received for their noteworthy work in identifying weaknesses and recommending enhancements to the program used by NRC to evaluate the performance of nuclear power plants security efforts.

Finally, the success of the NRC OIG would not be possible without the collaborative work between my staff and agency managers to address OIG findings and implement the recommendations made by my office. I wish to thank them for their dedication and support, and look forward to their continued cooperation as we work together to ensure the integrity of agency operations.

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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