Under current law, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) cannot dispose of personal property that has been abandoned, forfeited, or unclaimed by the public (such as jewelry, bikes, and electronics) and is recovered by the USCP in the course of police activities. H.R 4733 would permit the USCP to dispose of such property. In addition, the legislation would permit the USCP to accept surplus or obsolete personal property (including items such as furniture, office supplies, and construction equipment) offered by other federal agencies.
Based on information from the USCP and the General Services Administration about the current federal program for donating surplus or obsolete personal property and the amount of such property that USCP would dispose of, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Because the bill would not affect direct spending or receipts, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4733 would not increase direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
H.R. 4733 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.