Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2011 (NUREG-1100, Volume 26)

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Date Published: February 2010

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The NRC's Congressional Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2011 requests $1,053.6 million (including the budget for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)). The requested funding provides the necessary resources for the Nuclear Reactor Safety and Nuclear Materials and Waste Safety Programs to carry out the agency's mission and achieve the stated goals and desired outcomes for the American public. The $1,053.6 million includes 4,009.1 full-time equivalents (FTE) and represents a decrease of $13.3 million below the FY 2010 President's Budget.

The OIG's FY 2011 proposed budget of $10.1 million includes resources to carry out the Inspector General's mission to conduct independent and objective audits and investigations to ensure the efficiency, integrity, and effectiveness of NRC programs and operations.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the NRC's FY 2011 budget provides for 90-percent fee recovery, less appropriations from the Nuclear Waste Fund, and appropriations to implement Section 3166 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 and to conduct generic homeland security activities (see Figure 1).

Accordingly, $915.3 million of the FY 2011 budget will be recovered from fees assessed to NRC licensees. This will result in a net appropriation of $138.3 million, which is a decrease of $16.4 million in net appropriations compared to the FY 2010 enacted. In accordance with the requirements defined in Section 22.6(a) of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-11, the NRC is providing the full cost of its programs. The full cost includes an allocation of the agency's infrastructure and support costs to specific programs (see Appendix II).

Beginning in FY 2011, the NRC is transitioning to a new program structure that will improve the alignment of payments and their products. The NRC is executing its FY 2010 enacted budget as presented in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ). However in order to show workload changes to the prior year in the FY 2011 CBJ, the agency has mapped its FY 2010 enacted resources to the new structure being employed in the proposed FY 2011 budget.

The Nuclear Reactor Safety Program decreases by $2.7 million, but includes an increase of 42.4 FTE; the Nuclear Materials and Waste Safety Program decreases by $9.8 million, including a decrease of 11.5 FTE, when the FY 2011 request is compared to the FY 2010 enacted. This represents an overall NRC budgetary decrease of $13.3 million, including an increase of 28.0 FTE when compared to the FY 2010 enacted (including the budget for the OIG and reimbursable FTE).