S. 1214, All-American Flag Act

Cost Estimate
July 9, 2014

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on June 25, 2014

CBO estimates that enacting S. 1214 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. The legislation would amend federal law to require that all American flags acquired by the federal government be manufactured in the United States from materials grown, produced, or manufactured in the United States. The legislation also would provide exceptions from this requirement if complying with it would adversely affect a U.S. company or result in unreasonable costs or delay in acquiring flags.

Based on information from the General Services Administration and affected vendors, CBO expects that implementing this bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget because of the bill’s broad exemptions and because the federal government already acquires some flags from manufacturers that meet the requirements of the legislation. Enacting S. 1214 also could affect direct spending by agencies not funded through annual appropriations, such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. CBO estimates, however, that any net increase in spending by those agencies would not be significant. Enacting S. 1214 would not affect revenues.

S. 1214 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.