As ordered reported by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on November 20, 2014
H.R. 5206 would allow certain employees of the executive branch of the federal government to designate beneficiaries to receive a death gratuity payment in the event of the employee’s death in the performance of their duties overseas. Under current law, only certain surviving dependents may receive such payments; if there are no such survivors, no payment is made. The Department of State indicates that there have been few cases in which death gratuity payments have not been made; therefore, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5206 would cost less than $500,000 over the 2015-2019 period, and would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 5206 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.