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.