Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 34, No. 1)
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Date Published: April 2020
Reporting Period: October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
A Message from the Deputy 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 October 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.
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. In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, provided that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the NRC Inspector General 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 NRC Inspector General, as the Inspector General exercises under the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) with respect to NRC.
During this reporting period, OIG issued reports intended to strengthen NRC's information technology vulnerabilities, and the digital accountability and transparency. We issued financial statement audits for both NRC and DNFSB, and we identified the most serious management and performance challenges facing each agency in fiscal year (FY) 2020. We also issued an audit for DNFSB's Human Resources Program. OIG opened 11 investigations, and completed 16 cases. Three of the open cases were referred to the Department of Justice, and 31 allegations were referred to agency 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.
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.
David C. Lee
Deputy Inspector General
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