June 7, 2013
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15, 2013
H.R. 1080 would amend the Sikes Act to allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide lump-sum payments to nonfederal entities that enter into cooperative agreements to maintain and improve natural resources at certain military sites. The bill also would allow those entities to invest funds provided to carry out those activities and to use such funds to meet the cost-sharing requirements for certain federal conservation programs. Finally, the bill would require DoD to conduct annual audits of each project carried out under the Sikes Act.
CBO estimates that changing the method of payment to nonfederal entities and allowing additional uses for funds provided to such entities under the Sikes Act would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Based on information regarding the number of projects carried out under the Sikes Act each year, CBO also estimates that performing the annual audits of those projects would cost less than $500,000 a year. Enacting H.R. 1080 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 1080 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.