TVA OIG - Office of the Inspector General

Since September 22, 2017, Jill M. Matthews has served as the Acting Inspector General or the Deputy Inspector General Performing the Duties of the Inspector General. Ms. Matthews has been with the TVA OIG since 1986. From 1986 to 2010, she served in various roles ranging from Auditor to Deputy Assistant Inspector General of Audits. In 2010 she assumed the role of Assistant Inspector General of Administration and in 2014, was named the Deputy Inspector General.

Ms. Matthews graduated from Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee in 1984 with an A.S. degree and from the University of Tennessee in December 1985 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Ms. Matthews is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. In 2002 she was named one of the Distinguished Women of TVA.

TVA OIG - Office of the Inspector General

MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF INSPECTOR GENERAL JILL MATTHEWS

I am pleased to present our report for the period October 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. The global pandemic continues to provide challenges to us, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the people of the Tennessee Valley, and our country. Our dedicated professionals continue to meet these challenges head on and find ways to continue to deliver results for the people of the Valley.

In this semiannual period, our audit, evaluation, and investigative activities identified more than $7.1 million in questioned costs, funds put to better use, recoveries, projected savings and waste, and opportunities for TVA to improve its programs and operations. Below are highlights of our work this period.

  • Two contract preaward examinations identified nearly $3.5 million of potential savings opportunities for TVA to negotiate.
  • An audit of TVA's process for onboarding Information Technology (IT) contractors identified opportunities to align policies between business units and improve the conduct of background investigations to comply with TVA policy.

  • An evaluation of the maintenance of coal combustion residual storage facilities determined, in general, TVA performed required inspections and completed maintenance to address issues identified during the inspections. However, we also identified improvement opportunities.

  • An evaluation determined TVA's Generation Projects organization was not effectively managing the turnover of projects to Power Operations because of misaligned processes and inconsistent application of processes.

  • An evaluation of TVA's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) found actions taken related to staffing, employee safety, and telework were reasonable. However, we also identified opportunities for improvement related to various COVID-19 issues.

  • An organizational effectiveness evaluation of the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant (SQN) Radiation Protection (RP) group identified certain behavioral attributes and operational factors that had a positive impact on SQN RP's effectiveness. However, we also identified behavioral and operational risks that could impact SQN RP's effectiveness and ability to execute its responsibilities.

  • Results from investigations include more than $3.6 million in restitution to TVA and others, costs avoided by TVA, and waste identified; significant process improvements; prosecutive action on two temporary living allowance cases; and continued prosecution of an environmental case.

On December 31, 2020, and January 5, 2021, Brian Noland and Beth Harwell, respectively, were sworn in as members of the TVA Board of Directors (Board). We welcome Directors Harwell and Noland to TVA and look forward to a productive working relationship with both.

Finally, I want to thank our Office of the Inspector General (OIG) team for their sustained perseverance in these challenging times. The team's unwavering commitment to our mission has been evident in how they continue to adjust so we can deliver meaningful results. We also extend our appreciation to the dedication of the TVA Board, management, and employees who have also persevered, adapted, and delivered on TVA's broad mission during these difficult times. We share a purpose and a commitment-making TVA better for the people of the Tennessee Valley.

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