Each year the Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office are required to prepare an annual budget submittal that is consistent with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, also known as the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), and meets regulatory requirements. The TPA is the regulatory framework between DOE, Washington State Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that guides cleanup at the Hanford Site.
The DOE has a three year budget process. DOE is currently executing FY 2012 under an omnibus appropriation signed by the President on December 23, 2011. The President is expected to release his FY 2013 budget on February 13, 2012. Based on the 2012 and 2013 budget information, cleanup priorities and input from the public, regulatory agencies, tribes, Hanford Advisory Board and others, DOE is formulating its 2013 budget requirements.