Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended, established NRC's basic regulatory mission. NRC's mission is to regulate the Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection for the public health and safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment.
The American people expect excellence and accountability from their Government. Toward that end, the U.S. Congress passed the Inspector General (IG) Act in 1978 to ensure integrity and efficiency within the Federal Government and its programs. NRC's OIG was established as a statutory entity on April 15, 1989, in accordance with the 1988 amendment to the IG Act.
NRC-OIG's mission is to (1) independently and objectively conduct and supervise audits and investigations relating to NRC's programs and operations; (2) prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse, and (3) promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in NRC's programs and operations.
The Office of the Inspector General also reviews existing and proposed regulations, legislation, and directives and provides comments, as appropriate, regarding any significant concern. It keeps the NRC Chairman and Members of Congress fully and currently informed about problems, recommends corrective actions, and monitors NRC progress in implementing those actions.