Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (NUREG-1415, Volume 35, No. 1)


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Date Published: March 2021
Reporting Period: October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

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

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A Message from the Inspector General

On behalf of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, it is my pleasure to present this Semiannual Report to Congress, covering the period from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to lead this extraordinary group of managers, auditors, investigators, and support staff, and I’m extremely proud of their exceptional work.

During this reporting period, we issued eleven audit and evaluation reports, and recommended several ways to improve NRC and DNFSB safety, security, and corporate management programs. We also opened fourteen investigative cases and completed nineteen, two of which were referred to the Department of Justice or State’s Attorney’s Office, and five of which were referred to NRC or DNFSB management for action.

Our reports are intended to strengthen the NRC’s and the DNFSB’s oversight of their myriad endeavors and reflect the legislative mandate of the Inspector General Act, which is to identify and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Summaries of the reports herein include reviews of the NRC’s inspection issue screening program; material control and accounting inspection program; the NRC and DNFSB information security programs and practices; and, agency compliance with applicable Executive Orders. We also highlighted our review of NRC and DNFSB financial statements, and identified the most serious management and performance challenges facing the NRC and the DNFSB in fiscal year (FY) 2021. Further, this report includes summaries of cases involving interference with inspection findings, oversight of decommissioning trust funds, improper management of safety inspection programs, possession of prohibited stocks or securities, fraudulent invoices, contract award administration, and invalid contracts. 

Our team dedicates their efforts to promoting the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of NRC and DNFSB programs and operations, and I greatly appreciate their commitment to that mission. Our success would not be  possible without the collaborative efforts between my staff and those of the NRC and the DNFSB, 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.

Robert J. Feitel
Inspector General

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