H.R. 803, Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act

Cost Estimate
March 8, 2013

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on March 6, 2013

H.R. 803 would consolidate job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) into a single funding stream. It also would amend the Wagner-Peyser Act, reauthorize adult-education programs, and reauthorize programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA). Those programs, which received discretionary funding of $7 billion and mandatory funding of $3 billion in 2013, provide job training, adult education, and employment service assistance.

Enacting the bill would affect direct spending, but those costs are already assumed to continue in CBO’s baseline; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. (Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.)

Implementing the bill would affect discretionary spending. Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 803 would cost $26 billion over the 2014-2018 period.

H.R. 803 would not impose intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).