S. 2113, Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Cost Estimate
July 31, 2014

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on May 21, 2014

S. 2113 would amend federal law to increase the amount of information about federal programs that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides online. The legislation would require that each program administered by a federal agency be described on the agency’s website, including the number of people served by or benefiting from the program, the number of federal employees and contract staff involved, and links to reviews of the program including those by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Inspectors General.

Based on information from several agencies, CBO estimates that implementing S. 2113 would cost $60 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending by agencies not funded through annual appropriations; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. CBO estimates, however, that any net increase in spending by those agencies would be negligible. Enacting S. 2113 would not affect revenues.

S. 2113 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.