NRC FY 2016 budget request includes less spending, fewer staff

NRC FY 2016 budget nuclear spending staff Congress

A fiscal year 2016 budget proposal from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) calls for a reduction in spending and staffing.

The NRC requested $1.032 billion in its proposal to Congress, a decrease of $27.3 million from its FY 2015 submission.  Since the NRC recovers approximately 90 percent of its budget from license fees, which are sent directly to the U.S. Treasury, the resulting net appropriation request is $122.2 million, down $2 million from last year’s request. The continuing resolution adopted by Congress Dec. 16, 2014, cut the NRC request by $44.2 million to account for fee-based unobligated carryover and authorized the agency to reallocate its unobligated carryover to supplement its FY 2015 appropriations.

The recent budget request also reflects a decrease of 140.8 full-time equivalent employees from the FY 2015 budget, due to a reduction in New Reactors and Fuel Facilities staffing because of decreasing workload, and efficiencies realized in the merger of the two program offices. The FY 2016 budget funds 3,741 FTEs, including the Office of the Inspector General.

The FY 2016 budget includes $793.4 million for nuclear reactor safety and $226.7 million for nuclear materials and waste. The request for the Inspector General is $12.1 million.

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