Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials cited some challenges in planning for sequestration, including uncertainty about how much of NRC’s budget would be subject to sequestration. Planning was also complicated by the need to address certain priority activities for which NRC officials said no additional funding was provided, such as those stemming from the Fukushima disaster in Japan. The officials said that the agency was able to partially mitigate the sequestration reductions by reprogramming funds. NRC officials noted that the funding available for reprogramming would not mitigate sequestration to the same extent if it should reoccur. NRC officials did not identify significant effects of sequestration on the agency’s mission or performance goals. However, they stated that NRC collected $45.5 million less in licensing fees than it would have absent sequestration, and that this money would have been returned to the Treasury.