As reported without written report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on July 7, 2015
S. 1705 would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for intelligence activities of the U.S. government, for the Intelligence Community Management Account (ICMA), and for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (CIARDS).
CBO does not provide estimates for classified programs; therefore, this estimate addresses only the unclassified aspects of the bill. On that limited basis, CBO estimates that implementing the unclassified provisions of the bill would cost $513 million over the 2016-2020 period, subject to appropriation of the specified amount. Other sections of the bill would increase costs beyond that, but CBO does not have sufficient information to provide specific estimates of those additional costs.
Enacting S. 1705 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
S. 1705 would impose a mandate on public and private entities, as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), by requiring anyone providing an electronic communication service or a remote computing service to the public who obtains actual knowledge of any terrorist activity to provide the relevant facts and circumstances to authorities designated by the Attorney General. The cost of informing the authorities would be minimal. Therefore, CBO estimates that the aggregate cost of the mandate would fall well below the annual thresholds established in UMRA for intergovernmental and private-sector mandates ($77 million and $154 million in 2015 respectively, adjusted annually for inflation).