H.R. 857 would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to spend past and future proceeds from the sale of certain lands in California to acquire lands owned by the state. The act also would require BLM to establish a desert tortoise conservation center. In addition, the act would direct BLM to develop plans to identify and conserve cultural resources of certain Indian tribes. Finally, the act would designate some federal lands for conservation and recreation.
Using information from BLM and the General Services Administration, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would increase direct spending by $8 million over the 2019-2028 period; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. The act would not affect revenues.
CBO also estimates that implementing the act would cost $15 million over the 2019-2023 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Those amounts would be used primarily to pay federal employees to carry out various provisions of the act.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 857 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
H.R. 857 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.