H.R. 2153 would authorize the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to undertake projects to improve secondary-school attendance by girls. USAID operates two programs in Africa targeted at secondary school girls. Those programs are expected to operate for five years at a total cost of about $20 million. CBO estimates that replicating those efforts in two countries in Latin America and two countries in Asia would require additional appropriations of $8 million annually and cost $18 million over the 2020-2024 period.
H.R. 2153 also would require USAID to report regularly to the Congress on its activities under the bill. Lastly, it would require the Department of State and USAID to review and periodically update a global strategy to empower adolescent girls. On the basis of information about costs to prepare similar reports and strategies, CBO estimates that satisfying those requirements would cost less than $500,000 over the 2020-2024 period.
In total, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2153 would cost $18 million over the 2020-2024 period. Such spending would be subject to the appropriation of the estimated amounts.