S. 6, Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
December 10, 2013

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on July 24, 2013

S. 6 would create or modify programs that provide employment opportunities, employment training, rehabilitative training services, and employment and reemployment protections to veterans and servicemembers.

CBO estimates that enacting the bill would increase direct spending by about $1.1 billion over the 2014-2023 period. Because the bill would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting S. 6 would have an insignificant effect on revenues.

In addition, CBO estimates that implementing S. 6 would have discretionary costs of about $1.4 billion over the 2014-2018 period, assuming appropriation of the specified and estimated amounts.

The bill would impose intergovernmental and private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) because it would require public and private individuals to comply with civil investigative orders pertaining to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). CBO estimates that the costs to comply with the mandate would be small and would not exceed the annual thresholds for intergovernmental or private-sector mandates ($75 million and $150 million in 2013, respectively, adjusted annually for inflation).