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.

Inspector General Report Identifies Ways to Improve NRC’s Occupational Training Program

Stephen Dingbaum
Assistant Inspector General

oigThe NRC’s Office of the Inspector General (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.

The office’s most recent report — an Audit of NRC’s Safety Training and Development for Technical Staff – is now available to the public. The audit set out to determine if NRC’s process for identifying safety training needs efficiently and effectively prepares staff members to perform their regulatory oversight activities.

OIG found that NRC rarely conducted occupational training needs assessments for staff positions responsible for performing safety oversight activities. And, the needs assessments that the agency had prepared were not formally reviewed on a defined basis. By conducting occupational training needs assessments on a defined basis, the NRC can provide safety training to staff in a more efficient and effective way.

OIG’s audit report makes recommendations to improve the agency’s safety-related training program. NRC management stated their general agreement with the audit report and recommendations.

The audit report, including recommendations, can be found here.

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