The Congressional Budget Office has said a proposed Senate bill that would authorize the State Department to use cost-technical tradeoff contracts to designate guards at overseas posts would cost approximately $47 million to implement from fiscal years 2017 through 2021.
CBO said in a report published Friday that the Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act would result in the application of pay-as-you-go procedures since its passage would have a “negligible effect” on revenues or direct spending.
The proposed legislation also lacks private-sector or intergovernmental mandates based on the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not have an impact on the local, state and tribal government budgets, the agency noted.
According to the report, the proposed bill contains provisions that would raise the number of fellowship programs that the State Department supports, reauthorize a public diplomacy commission through 2020 and require the department to submit reports and assessments to Congress.
CBO added that the passage of the bill would not result in on-budget deficit or net direct spending increase “in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.”