MESSAGE FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
I am pleased to present our report for the period October 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. As mentioned in the previous semiannual report to Congress, the role of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in identifying potential risks to Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) ability to achieve its mission of providing reliable power at affordable rates, environmental stewardship, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley is imperative to the agency's success.
In this semiannual period, our audit, evaluation, and investigative activities identified approximately $40.7 million in funds TVA could put to better use, questioned costs, recoveries and savings, and other monetary loss as well as opportunities for TVA to improve its programs and operations. Some of the highlights include:
- Six preaward examinations of cost proposals to support TVA management in negotiating procurement terms for TVA operations that resulted in potential cost savings to TVA of more than $28 million.
- One compliance audit of a contract for coal transportation from various coal mines and blending facilities to TVA's Bull Run Fossil Plant that determined the contractor overbilled TVA more than $8 million.
- An organizational effectiveness evaluation of TVA's primary project management organization - Generation Construction, Projects & Services - which is primarily responsible for project management related to the performance of construction and operational services and the implementation of construction projects for all non-Nuclear TVA organizations.
- Three evaluations, including a follow-up evaluation to determine if the sale of TVA's Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site was conducted according to TVA's policies and procedures, an evaluation to determine the adequacy of staffing and training of ammonia operations at coal plants, and an evaluation associated with the demolition phase of the deconstruction of John Sevier Fossil Plant.
- Audits of tax payments on TVA credit cards, which identified $2.48 million in taxes TVA paid on tax-exempt transactions, and TVA Information Technology's (IT) use of contractors.
- Four audits in the IT environment regarding TVA IT security practices, physical and logical access for TVA's high risk assets, physical and logical network architecture at a TVA field office, and controls for TVA's vendor management system.
- Investigative results including one indictment, one conviction, and more than $630,000 in recoveries and projected savings.
On a personal note, I want to thank Ben Wagner for his many contributions to the TVA OIG. Ben retired May 12, 2017, after a distinguished career in TVA of more than 38 years. About 31 years ago, Ben joined the TVA OIG as it was being formed and played an instrumental role in building our organization. His leadership and contributions shaped the OIG and made us and TVA better. We thank you, Ben, for your exceptional service.
The role we play in identifying risks so that TVA Board members and executive management can mitigate those risks is a responsibility our office takes seriously.
We intend - through our audits, evaluations, and investigations - to continue providing TVA with a perspective that allows it to leverage lessons learned to better serve the 9 million people of the Tennessee Valley.