S. 657, National Blue Alert Act of 2011

May 14, 2012
Cost Estimate


As reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on September 8, 2011

S. 657 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 S. 657 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.

S. 657 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.