Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 25, No. 2)
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Date Published: October 2012
Reporting Period: April 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
A Message from the Inspector General
I 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 April 1, 2012, to September 30, 2012.
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 reporting period, the NRC OIG continued its focus on identifying the most critical risks and vulnerabilities in NRC programs and operations to include the management of import/export authorizations; issuance of general licenses for the use of byproduct material contained in certain products; oversight of industrial radiography; the inspections, tests, analyses, and acceptance criteria process; and the contract administration of the Enterprise Project Management contract. Working with the NRC timely to identify program areas warranting improvement affords the agency the opportunity to take any necessary corrective action.
During this semiannual reporting period, we issued 11 program 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 49 investigations, and completed 32 cases. Nine of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, 24 allegations were referred to NRC management for action, and 2 were referred to other agencies.
The NRC OIG remains committed to the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of NRC programs and operations, and our audits, investigations, and other activities highlighted in this report demonstrate this ongoing commitment. My staff continuously strives to maintain 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 ongoing commitment to the mission of this office.
Finally, the success of the NRC OIG would not be possible without the collaborative efforts between my staff and those of the agency to address OIG findings and to timely implement recommended corrective actions. I thank them for their dedication and support, and I look forward to their continued cooperation as we work together to ensure the integrity and efficiency of agency operations.
Hubert T. Bell