H.R. 5743, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Cost Estimate
May 21, 2012

As ordered reported by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on May 17, 2012

H.R. 5743 would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence activities of the U.S. government. Since CBO does not provide estimates for classified programs, this estimate addresses only the unclassified portions of the bill. On that limited basis, and assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the unclassified provisions of H.R. 5743 would cost $525 million over the 2013-2017 period.

Section 103 would authorize the appropriation of $531 million for the Intelligence Community Management Account, which provides the principal source of funding for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and resources for coordinating programs, overseeing budgets, and managing the intelligence agencies.

Section 201 would authorize the appropriation of $514 million for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, which is a retirement and disability system for certain employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. The appropriation would cover various unfunded liabilities of the system and would be considered mandatory. However, because the authorization is the same as the amount assumed in the CBO baseline, CBO does not ascribe any additional cost to that provision relative to the baseline.

Enacting H.R. 5743 would affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Section 403 would permit the Central Intelligence Agency to retain and spend receipts from the sale of recyclable materials through the agency’s working capital fund. CBO estimates that the net effect of this provision would be insignificant for each year and in total over the 2013-2022 period. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

H.R. 5743 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.