S. 2778 would require the State Department to offer rewards, totalling up to $10 million, for information about the kidnapping and murder of James Foley and Steven Sotloff earlier this year. The rewards would be made under the department’s Rewards for Justice Program, which uses appropriated funds to offer cash payments for information leading to the capture or conviction of certain terrorists and criminals, and for other related purposes.
Implementing the bill could cost as much as $10 million, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. However, given the uncertainties associated with estimating when or if individuals might come forward with pertinent information, CBO has no basis to estimate the budgetary effects of implementing S. 2778. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.
S. 2778 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.