Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2013 (NUREG-1100, Volume 28)

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Date Published: February 2012

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

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The NRC's Congressional Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2013 requests $1,053 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 million includes 3,951 full-time equivalents (FTE) and represents an increase of $15 million above the FY 2012 Enacted Budget.

The OIG's FY 2012 proposed budget of $11 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 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, the NRC's FY 2013 budget provides for 90-percent fee recovery, less appropriations from the Nuclear Waste Fund, and appropriations to implement Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 and to conduct generic homeland security activities (see Figure 1).

Accordingly, $925 million of the FY 2013 budget will be recovered from fees assessed to NRC licensees. This will result in a net appropriation of $128 million, which is a decrease of $0.1 million in net appropriations compared to the FY 2012 enacted. In accordance with the requirements defined in Section 51.2 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).

The Nuclear Reactor Safety Program increases by $9.7 million, but includes a decrease of 25 FTE; the Nuclear Materials and Waste Safety Program increases by $5.2 million, including a decrease of 0.3 FTE, when the FY 2013 request is compared to the FY 2012 enacted. This represents an overall NRC budgetary increase of $15.1 million, including a decrease of 25 FTE when compared to the FY 2012 enacted (including the budget for the OIG and reimbursable FTE).