Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 32, No. 2)


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Date Published: October 2018
Reporting Period: April 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018

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, 2018, to September 30, 2018.

This year we mark the 40th anniversary of the Inspector General Act and the creation of the original 12 Offices of Inspector General. Our office was established in 1989 under the 1988 amendments to the act. Since that time we have been part of a community that has grown to include 73 statutory Inspectors General who collectively oversee the operations of nearly every aspect of the Federal government. Every 6 months we provide Congress with a report detailing our independent oversight of NRC and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) during the reporting period. In the years to come, we look forward to continuing our efforts to provide independent and effective oversight of NRC and DNFSB and working with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency on important issues that cut across our government.

During this reporting period, we issued reports intended to strengthen NRC's management of its programs and operations, including the Agreement State Program and National Materials Program; the staffing of its Headquarters Operations Center; and its interactions with Federal recognized Native American Tribal governments. We also issued an audit of DNFSB's implementation of its governing legislation. OIG also opened 18 investigations, and completed 25 cases. Seven of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and 34 allegations were referred to NRC management for action.

NRC 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. I would like to acknowledge our auditors, investigators, and support staff for their commitment to the mission of this office.

Finally, our success would not be possible without the collaborative efforts between OIG staff and NRC and DNFSB staff to address OIG findings and implement corrective actions in a timely manner. I 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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