Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 27, No. 1)

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Date Published: October 2013
Reporting Period: April 1, 2013 – September 30, 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 April 1, 2013, to September 30, 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.

During this reporting period, we focused our efforts on agency programs and operations that are critical to the success of the agency's core safety and security mission. Our work focused on areas such as compliance with the regulations set forth in 10 CFR Part 51, adherence to the "Reducing Over-Classification Act," and compliance with NRC access authorization policies. Our efforts in focusing on these areas are designed to assist the agency in making attentive, meaningful, and consistent programmatic and management decisions that maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

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 information technology and financial resources. One of OIG's strategic goals is to increase the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness with which NRC manages and exercises stewardship over its resources. In this edition of the Semiannual Report, we highlighted our efforts in identifying and addressing the risks associated with the principal corporate management areas of the NRC, such as protecting Safeguards Information, preventing and detecting misuse in the travel charge card program, proper financial control over the budget execution process, and information technology readiness for Three White Flint North.

During this semiannual reporting period, we issued seven 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 39 investigations, and completed 35 cases. Seven of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and six 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. OIG continuously strives to maintain the highest possible standards of professionalism and quality in their 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 implement recommended corrective actions timely. I wish to 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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