Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Vol. 20, No. 1)
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Manuscript Completed: October 2007
Date Published: October 2007
Reporting Period: April 1, 2007 – September 30, 2007
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, 2007 to September 30, 2007. 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 ensuring integrity and efficiency in NRC's programs and operations, and enhancing public confidence in its regulatory process.
During this semiannual reporting period, we issued 8 program audit reports and 4 contract audit reports. As a result of this work, OIG made numerous recommendations to improve the effective and efficient operation of NRC's safety, security, and corporate management programs, and questioned $68,018 in contract costs. OIG also opened 23 investigations, and completed 21 cases. Twelve cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and 27 allegations were referred to NRC management for action.
Looking towards the future, OIG has engaged in an update of its strategic plan based in part on an assessment of the strategic challenges facing the NRC. We seek to add value to NRC technical and administrative programs by aligning our strategic direction with NRC's mission and strategic goals.
My office is dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standards of professionalism and quality in its audits and investigations. I want to recognize the exemplary work of the auditors, investigators, and support staff who form the core of the NRC OIG and are committed to promoting integrity and efficiency within the NRC and its programs.
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