H.R. 365, National Blue Alert Act of 2012

May 10, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary on April 25, 2012

H.R. 365 would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a national communications network to issue alerts (that would be known as “blue alerts”) when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured. The bill also would authorize the appropriation of $10 million annually for DOJ to make grants to states to cover costs relating to participation in the blue alert program.

Assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 365 would cost $36 million over the 2013-2017 period. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.

H.R. 365 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.