H.R. 2590 would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to devise a plan to improve the effectiveness of DHS personnel who are stationed at foreign locations. The act also would require DHS, over the next four years, to annually provide briefings to the Congress on department personnel whose primary duties are outside the United States. Using information from DHS, CBO estimates that implementing those provisions would cost less than $500,000 over the 2019-2024 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
On May 22, 2019, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 2590 as ordered reported by the House Committee on Homeland Security on May 15, 2019. CBO’s estimates of the budgetary effects of the two versions of the legislation are the same.