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OIG Report: Yucca Mountain Records Retention

Stephen Dingbaum
Assistant Inspector General for Audits

 

oigAn Office of the Inspector General audit that looked at the NRC’s policy and procedures on document management related to the high level waste repository at Yucca Mountain is now available.

The audit set out to determine if agency policy and procedures on document management are compliant with federal requirements and provide reasonable assurance that documentation related to the review of the Yucca Mountain facility has been appropriately managed and retained.

In 2008, DOE submitted a license application to the NRC to build the repository at Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. DOE later filed a motion to withdraw the application in March 2010. NRC staff was subsequently directed to prepare the orderly closeout of their technical review.

The OIG audit report indicates that all records were retained; however, NRC was out of compliance with the agency’s records management policy during the period that the licensing process was suspended. OIG notes the NRC has recently become compliant with its records management policy; therefore, OIG makes no recommendations.

The NRC’s OIG is an independent, objective office tasked with auditing NRC programs and operations with a focus on — among other things — detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

 

OIG Report Generally Positive on NRC’s FOIA Process But Suggests Some Improvements

Stephen Dingbaum
Assistant Inspector General for Audits

 

oigThe Office of the Inspector General’s most recent report – Audit of NRC’s Freedom of Information Act Process – is now available to the public. This audit looked at whether the NRC complies with current laws, and how efficiently it does its work, when processing Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Freedom of Information Act gives any person the right to request records kept by the federal government.

The OIG said the NRC generally follows federal rules and meets timeliness requirements in responding to these requests. But the audit found the NRC could improve through enhanced training, better use of technology, and better adherence with review and approval regulations.

The agency would also benefit from establishing controls to ensure more consistency in and better tracking of management reviews.

The report makes nine specific recommendations to improve the NRC’s process. NRC management stated their general agreement with the findings and recommendations.

New OIG Report Issued on NRC’s Compliance with its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Regulations

oigStephen Dingbaum
Assistant Inspector General for Audits
 

An Office of the Inspector General audit that looked at the NRC’s compliance with its regulations related to preparing environmental impact statements went public today.

The audit – formally titled Audit of NRC’s Compliance With 10 CFR Part 51 Relative to Environmental Impact Statements — set out to determine whether the NRC complies with its regulations. The OIG identified areas of noncompliance with 10 CFR Part 51 related to disclosure and public involvement, specifically, publishing a record of decision, the format of environmental impact statements, and completing all scoping requirements for all environmental impact statements.

While NRC management officials stated they believe the agency’s NEPA implementation activities have been fully compliant with the relevant regulations, management also stated it will consider OIG’s recommendations as part of the agency’s continuous improvement efforts.

The NRC’s OIG is an independent, objective office tasked with auditing NRC programs and operations with a focus on — among other things — detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

Inspector General Report Identifies Ways To Improve NRC’s Safeguards Information Local Area Network and Electronic Safe

Stephen Dingbaum
Assistant Inspector General
 

oigThe Office of the Inspector General’s most recent report – Audit of NRC’s Safeguards Information Local Area Network and Electronic Safe (SLES) – is now available to the public. This audit set out to determine if the system used by the NRC for safeguards information, a special category of sensitive unclassified information, met the needs of the users and was secure.

The OIG found that NRC has developed a secure electronic system to store and manage safeguards information while also reducing paper SGI and the space needed to store SGI documents; however areas exist for improvement. Specifically, the system does not meet user needs and uses inconsistent access rights.

The OIG’s audit report makes recommendations to improve the agency’s SLES system. NRC management stated their agreement with the audit report and recommendations.

Inspector General Report Presents Results of the NRC 2012 Safety Culture and Climate Survey

Stephen Dingbaum
Assistant Inspector General
 

oigThe Office of the Inspector General’s most recent report — 2012 NRC Safety Culture and Climate Survey – is now available to the public. The results of the survey of the agency workforce were significantly more favorable than comparable national and industry norms. However, the results of the 2012 survey were less favorable than the agency’s 2009 results, and the report identifies opportunities for improvement.

oigpresentationratesThe survey was administered from September 4 – September 28, 2012. All NRC employees and managers were eligible to participate and almost 80 percent did so – providing a reliable and valid measure of the current attitudes and perceptions of the agency staff.

The OIG engaged an independent contractor, Towers Watson, to conduct the survey. The OIG asked the contractor to conduct results-to-action workshops during the week of Jan. 8, 2013. The workshops were designed to help agency managers analyze the survey results for their individual organizations and develop appropriate action plans aimed at improving NRC’s safety culture and climate.

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