Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2022 (NUREG-1100, Volume 37)

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Date Published: June 2021

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. 
The NRC’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget request is $887.7 million, including 2,879 full-time equivalents (FTE).  When compared to the NRC’s FY 2021 Enacted Budget including authorized carryover, the FY 2022 budget request increases by approximately 3 percent, or $24.4 million, primarily to support salaries and awards adjustments. The requested resources for the Nuclear Reactor Safety Program include a total of $23.0 million for the continued development of a regulatory infrastructure for advanced nuclear reactor technologies, an increase of $5.3 million when compared to the FY 2021 Enacted Budget. The FY 2022 Corporate Support request is 30 percent of the agency’s total budget authority, which reflects the agency’s efforts to comply with Section 102(a)(3)(A) of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA). 
The Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG’s) component of the FY 2022 proposed budget is $13.8 million, including 63 FTE, of which $12.7 million is for auditing and investigation activities for NRC programs, and $1.1 million is for the auditing and investigation activities of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB).
The NRC’s FY 2022 budget request provides for approximately 100-percent fee recovery less fee-relief activities identified by the Commission; which include activities associated with generic homeland security activities, waste incidental to reprocessing (WIR) activities under Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005; the University Nuclear Leadership Program; advanced reactor regulatory infrastructure activities; and OIG services for DNFSB. The NRC will recover $756.7 million of the FY 2022 budget from fees assessed to NRC licensees.  This will result in a net appropriation of $131.0 million, which is an increase of $8.0 million when compared to the FY 2021 Enacted Budget.

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