Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

July 31, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
on July 25, 2012

The bill would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence activities of the U.S. government. Since CBO does not provide estimates for classified programs, this estimate addresses only the unclassified portions of the bill. On that limited basis, and assuming appropriation of the authorized and estimated amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the unclassified provisions of the bill would cost $537 million over the 2013-2017 period.

Section 104 would authorize the appropriation of $542 million for the Intelligence Community Management Account (ICMA), which provides the principal source of funding for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and resources for coordinating programs, overseeing budgets, and managing the intelligence agencies. Assuming appropriation of those amounts, CBO estimates that section 104 would cost $537 million over the next five years.

Section 603 would extend for six years the authorization for the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), which is set to expire on December 31, 2012. The PIDB advises the President on the government’s standards and procedures for releasing and declassifying information. Based on information from the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives, CBO estimates that implementing this provision would cost approximately $100,000 annually.

Section 201 would authorize the appropriation of $514 million for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, which is a retirement and disability system for certain employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. The appropriation would cover various unfunded liabilities of the system and would be considered mandatory. However, because the amount authorized by the bill would be the same as the amount assumed in the CBO baseline for direct spending programs, CBO does not ascribe any additional cost to that provision relative to the baseline.