Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2023 (NUREG-1100, Volume 38)

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Date Published: April 2022

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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) 2023 budget request is $929.2 million, including 2,879.6 full-time equivalents (FTE). In comparison to the FY 2022 President’s Budget, the FY 2023 budget request increases by approximately 4.7 percent or $41.5 million, primarily to support an increase to salaries and benefits, in accordance with the guidance provided in U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11, “Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget,” and the workload changes described for each business line. The FY 2023 Corporate Support request is 31 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), to the maximum extent practicable.

The Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG’s) component of the FY 2023 proposed budget is $17.8 million, including 73 FTE, of which $16.3 million is for auditing and investigation activities for NRC programs, and $1.5 million is for the auditing and investigation activities of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB).

The NRC’s FY 2023 budget request provides for approximately 100-percent fee recovery less excluded activities per NEIMA and fee-relief activities identified by the Commission. The NRC will recover $792.2 million of the FY 2023 budget from fees assessed to NRC licensees. This will result in a net appropriation of $137.0 million, which is an increase of $6 million when compared to the FY 2022 President’s Budget.