United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 31, No. 1)

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Date Published: October 2017
Reporting Period: April 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555

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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, 2017, to September 30, 2017.

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 and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) programs and operations. The audits and investigations highlighted in this report demonstrate our commitment to ensuring integrity and efficiency in programs and operations at both agencies.

In addition to issuing several legislatively mandated audits and reports pertaining to agency information technology security and improper payment laws, my office issued reports intended to strengthen NRC's and DNFSB's technical and corporate management programs.

During this semiannual reporting period, we issued 20 program audit reports and analyzed 3 contract audit reports. As a result of this work, OIG made a number of recommendations to improve the effective and efficient operation of NRC's and DNFSB's safety, security, and corporate management programs. OIG also opened 24 investigations, and completed 24 cases. Four of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and agency administrative action was taken on four cases.

OIG is 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 our ongoing commitment. My staff 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 diligence and commitment to the mission of this office.

Finally, NRC OIG's success would not be possible without the collaborative efforts between OIG staff and NRC and DNFSB staff to address OIG findings and implement recommended corrective actions in a timely manner. I congratulate and thank them for their dedication, and I look forward to continued cooperation as we work together to ensure the integrity and efficiency of agency operations.

Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General

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