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.

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5 thoughts on “OIG Report Generally Positive on NRC’s FOIA Process But Suggests Some Improvements”

  1. Please explain how “the OIG found no instances of waste, fraud or mismanagement during the audit” while at the same time they found that the “NRC generally follows federal rules”…

    I bet Senator Boxer would disagree, since she has asked for documents from the NRC about its investigation into San Onofre’s Replacement Steam Generator multiple billion dollar debacle and has been stonewalled by the NRC and she has the authority to have access to them…

  2. OIG found no instances of waste, fraud or mismanagement during the audit; consequently, we cannot respond to this question.

    Steve Dingbaum

  3. “The OIG said the NRC generally follows federal rules and meets timeliness requirements in responding to these requests.”

    This summary statement (above) is not supported by the OIG report itself which states:
    “NRC has encountered high FOIA processing costs and has not been meeting the statutory 30-day limit to process complex FOIA requests. As mentioned earlier in the report, approximately 74 percent of NRC’s FOIA requests are considered by the agency to be complex.”

  4. RE: “The OIG said the NRC generally follows federal rules and meets timeliness requirements in responding to these requests.”

    Perhaps you can share with us what happens when the NRC does not follow the RULES, are employees disciplined and/or fired and if either has actually happened please tell us how many have times this has happened in the past 5 years.

    This is important because it reflects upon NRC Management, who are getting paid huge salaries to make sure that NRC rules are being followed!

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