S. 2468 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a five-year demonstration program to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of schools. The legislation also would provide grants for the construction of tribal colleges or universities and for housing assistance to educators who teach at eligible schools. Finally, S. 2468 would require the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a joint 10-year plan to bring tribal schools up to good condition and would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the implementation of this bill.
CBO estimates that enacting S. 2468 would cost $82 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriation of the specified and estimated amounts. Enacting S. 2468 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation.
CBO estimates that enacting S. 2468 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
S. 2468 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). Tribal governments would benefit from grants authorized in the bill to address construction needs and repairs at tribal schools. Any costs to tribal governments, including matching contributions, would result from complying with conditions of assistance.