United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2018 (NUREG-1100, Volume 33)

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Date Published: May 2017

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

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 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 2018 budget is $952 million, including 3,284 full-time equivalents (FTE). The budget request represents a decrease of $48.3 million, including 311 FTE when compared with the FY 2017 Annualized Continuing Resolution (CR) budget. This FY 2018 proposed budget amount includes $30 million to support activities for the proposed Yucca Mountain deep geological repository for spent fuel and other high-level radioactive waste.

The OIG's component of the FY 2018 proposed budget is $12.9 million, of which $11.8 million is for auditing and investigation activities for NRC programs and approximately $1.1 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 2018 budget request provides for approximately 90 percent fee recovery, less the amounts appropriated from the Nuclear Waste Fund, and amount appropriated for generic homeland security activities and for waste incidental to reprocessing activities under Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. The proposed FY 2018 legislative language makes clear that DNFSB activities are excluded from OBRA-90's fee recovery requirement in the same manner as the amounts appropriated to the Commission from the Nuclear Waste Fund, amounts appropriated to the Commission to implement Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 and amounts appropriated to the Commission for generic homeland security activities.

Accordingly, the NRC will recover $814 million of the FY 2018 budget from fess assessed to NRC licensees. This will result in a net appropriation of $138 million, which is an increase of $19 million in net appropriations when compared with the FY 2017 Annualized CR budget. In accordance with the requirements defined in Section 51.2 of OMB Circular A-11, "Requirements for Program Justification," Appendix A, "Full Cost of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Programs," provides the full cost of NRC programs.

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