Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2019 (NUREG-1100, Volume 34)

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Date Published: February 2018

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 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 2019 budget is $970.7 million, including 3,247 full-time equivalents (FTE). The budget request represents an overall increase of $59.8 million, yet includes a decrease of 149 FTE when compared with the FY 2018 annualized continuing resolution (CR) budget. This FY 2019 proposed budget amount includes $10.3 million for activities related to preparing to review advanced nuclear reactor technologies as well as $47.7 million for the High-Level Waste program.

The OIG's component of the FY 2019 proposed budget is $12.6 million, of which $11.5 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 2019 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 2019 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 $815.4 million of the FY 2019 budget from fees assessed to NRC licensees. This will result in a net appropriation of $155.3 million, which is an increase of $44.5 million in net appropriations when compared with the FY 2018 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.