Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 28, No. 1)


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Date Published: October 2014
Reporting Period: April 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014

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, 2014, to September 30, 2014.

Our work reflects the legislative mandate of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, which is to identify and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse through the conduct of audits and investigations relating to NRC programs and operations. In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, provided that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is authorized in 2014 and subsequent years to exercise the same authorities with respect to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), as determined by the Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as the Inspector General exercises under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) with respect to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

NRC OIG carries out its mission through its Audits and Investigations Programs. The audits and investigations highlighted in this report demonstrate our commitment to ensuring integrity and efficiency in NRC’s programs and operations

During the period covered by this report, NRC OIG continued its commitment to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in critical NRC technical and corporate management programs and operations and those of DNFSB. The work highlighted in this report includes audits of NRC’s oversight of its cyber security inspection program at nuclear power plants, NRC oversight of Agreement State licensees opperating in NRC jursdiction under reciprocity, and whether the method for retaining and documenting information supporting the Yucca Mountain licensing process is compliant with Federal requirements. Additionally the work highlighted in this report includes audits of DNFSB’s purchase card program and Freedom of Information Act process.

During this semiannual reporting period, we issued 10 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 and those of DNFSB. OIG also opened 12 investigations, and completed 19 cases. One of the open cases was referred to the Department of Justice, and 25 allegations were referred to NRC management for action.

The NRC OIG remains committed to the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of NRC and DNFSB 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 NRC and DNFSB to address OIG findings and to timely implement recommended corrective actions. 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 and DNFSB operations.

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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