H.R. 5948, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the supervision of fiduciaries of veterans under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes

September 18, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
on July 11, 2012

H.R. 5948 would make changes to certain administrative procedures and programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the fiduciary program, limits on bonuses for employees, and medical disability examinations by contract physicians. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5948 would have a discretionary cost of $53 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Also, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5948 would increase direct spending by $1 million over the 2013-2017 period, for burial programs.

Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting this legislation would affect direct spending. Enacting H.R. 5948 would not affect revenues.

H.R. 5948 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).