H.R. 1738 would authorize the appropriation of $38 million over the 2016-2018 period for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to operate and modernize the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The bill also would establish a committee to develop and submit recommendations for improving the system. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1738 would cost $37 million over the next five years, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts over the 2016-2018 period.
Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
H.R. 1738 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.