H.R. 5781 would direct the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to issue permits for water transfers and certain water projects on an expedited basis. Based on information from BOR and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5781 would cost $33 million over the 2015-2019 period. Because enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 5781 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would benefit state and local water agencies in the State of California. Any costs to those agencies resulting from the bill would be incurred voluntarily.