United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 21, No. 2)

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Publication Information

Manuscript Completed: April 2009
Date Published: June 2009
Reporting Period: October 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009

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

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A Message from the Inspector General

Photo of 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, 2008, to March 31, 2009.

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 4 contract audit reports. As a result of this work, OIG made a number of recommendations to improve the effective and efficient operation of NRC’s safety, security, and corporate management programs. OIG also opened 24 investigations, and completed 14 cases. Five of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and 22 allegations were referred to NRC management for action. In addition, we referred 2 cases to State authorities.

My office is dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standards of professionalism and quality in its audits and investigations. 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 and investigation staff who recently received awards issued by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. These awards were received for the staff’s noteworthy accomplishments in strengthening public health and safety and the environment, and increasing the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness with which NRC manages and exercises stewardship over its resources.

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 to implement the corrective actions recommended by my office. I wish to thank these employees for their dedication and support, and I 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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