As reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on February 12, 2018
S. 2286 would codify several managerial and operating practices of the Peace Corps, many related to the safety and well-being of Peace Corps volunteers. It also would require the Peace Corps to submit to the Congress several reports on its implementation of the bill. On the basis of information from the Peace Corps, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2018-2022 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
S. 2286 also would grant the Peace Corps additional flexibility in retaining certain employees. Under current law, employees are restricted to a five-year term, although some may be granted short extensions. The bill would allow the agency to designate certain positions as requiring special skills and knowledge of Peace Corp operations; employees in those positions would be eligible for extensions of five years at a time. Implementing this provision could reduce recruitment and training costs but also could increase compensation for employees as their tenure lengthened. The agency was unable to provide specific information about how it would use the authority, and CBO has no basis for estimating the net effects of implementing that provision on spending subject to appropriation.
Enacting S. 2286 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
CBO estimates that enacting S. 2286 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
S. 2286 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.