Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2017 (NUREG-1100, Volume 32)
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Date Published: February 2016
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) FY 2017 Congressional Budget Justification 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 NRC's proposed FY 2017 budget is $982.3 million, including 3,525 full-time equivalents (FTE), including those in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The budget request represents a decrease of $19.8 million, including a decrease of 90 FTE when compared to the FY 2016 Enacted budget.
The OIG's component of the FY 2017 proposed budget is $12.1 million, of which $11.2 million is for auditing and investigation activities for NRC programs and approximately $1.0 million is for the auditing and investigations activities of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). These resources will allow the OIG to carry out the Inspector General's mission to independently and objectively conduct audits and investigations to ensure the efficiency and integrity of NRC and DNFSB programs and operations, to promote cost-effective management and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.
In accordance with the provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA-90), as amended, the NRC's FY 2017 budget provides for 90 percent fee recovery, less the amounts appropriated for (1) generic homeland security activities and (2) waste incidental to reprocessing activities under Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. In addition, similar to the manner as the appropriated amounts for the activities above, DNFSB activities, and $5.0 million of the amount used for activities related to the development of regulatory infrastructure for advanced nuclear reactor technologies in support of the President's commitment to Mission Innovation are excluded from OBRA-90's fee recovery requirement.
Accordingly, $861.2 million of the FY 2017 budget will be recovered from fees assessed to NRC licensees. This will result in a net appropriation of $121.1 million, which is an increase of $2.1 million in net appropriations when compared with the FY 2016 Enacted budget. This increase includes non-feebillable activities related to the development of regulatory infrastructure for advanced nuclear reactor technologies in support of the President's commitment to Mission Innovation. In accordance with the requirements defined in Section 51.2 of OMB Circular A-11, "Requirements for Program Justification," the NRC is providing the full cost of its programs.
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