NRC Office of Investigations Issues Its Annual Report

The Office of Investigations, an independent investigative office within the NRC, has recently put out its latest annual report. The report includes information on significant investigations in FY 2011, including:

FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant – A former radiation protection technician was found to have prepared, signed and submitted records to the NRC that falsely documented NRC-required tests that were not conducted.

St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant – Two radiation protection technicians were found to have falsified health physics surveys and one of the two was found to have bypassed the radiation reader station at the entrance to the radiation-controlled area of the plant.

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant – A former operator was found to have violated radiation protection procedures and technical safety requirements by not adhering to radiation protection procedures when moving a contaminated object within the plant.

Arkansas Nuclear One Nuclear Power Plant – A security officer was found to have falsified NRC-required security logs and did not perform required security checks.

The Office of Investigations develops policy, procedures, and quality control standards for investigations of licensees, applicants, their contractors or vendors. It conducts investigations of all allegations of wrongdoing by other than NRC employees and contractors, and makes referrals of substantiated criminal cases to the Department of Justice.

The investigations are conducted by special agents who are specially trained, with extensive background and experience in federal criminal investigations. They are assisted by a highly experienced cadre of professional support staff.

Brian Sentz
Office of Investigations

NRC Gets Recognitions

Recently the NRC received recognition in two areas and we are very proud of the achievement!

First, the NRC was recently ranked #10 in the 21st Annual “Top 20 Government Agencies” in Woman Engineer Magazine. The readers of Woman Engineer magazine selected the top agencies in the country for which they would most like to work or whom they believe would provide a positive working environment for women engineers. This list is the result of an annual reader survey mailed to randomly selected readers of Woman Engineer magazine.

Second, the NRC was honored as a 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Semi-Finalist in the Public Sector category. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given to employers by the Department of Defense (DOD) for exceptional support of their Guard and Reserve employees. Nominations are from Guard and Reserve members or family members acting on their behalf. In 2012 there were 133 semi-finalists nationwide out of an impressive pool of 3,236.

We are proud of this recognition and wanted to share it with you!

Kim English
Outreach & Recruitment Branch
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