United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 26, No. 2)

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Date Published: April 2013
Reporting Period: October 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

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, 2012, to March 31, 2013.

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.

NRC’s ability to effectively accomplish its safety and security mission is influenced by the effectiveness of its corporate management programs in areas such as human resources, information technology, and financial resources. One of our strategic goals is to increase the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness with which NRC manages and exercises stewardship over its resources. In this edition of our Semiannual Report, we highlighted our efforts in identifying and addressing the risks associated with the principal corporate management areas of the NRC, such as information management security requirements, financial statements, staff training, and social media.

During this semiannual reporting period, we issued the audit report on the fiscal year 2012 financial statements of the NRC and issued 14 program and performance 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 26 investigations, and completed 24 cases. Nine of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and 11 allegations were referred to NRC management for action.

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. Those efforts were recently recognized with the granting of an Award for Excellence by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to an audit team for its report on NRC’s oversight of Master Materials Licenses. 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
Inspector General

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