H.R. 3883 would establish a commission to facilitate interactions between the federal government and state, local, and tribal governments. The commission would consist of 31 members with two-year terms. The commission would report on its activities to the Congress at least annually and provide recommendations on improving relationships, performance, and coordination among all levels of government. Members would serve without pay but would be reimbursed for travel expenses. In addition, the commission could hire staff and use employees detailed from other agencies. H.R. 3883 would authorize the appropriation of $2.25 million annually for expenses of the commission.
CBO assumes that the bill will be enacted in fiscal year 2020. Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $12 million over the 2020-2025 period.
H.R. 3883 also would authorize the commission to accept gifts (which are recorded as reductions in direct spending) and subsequently spend them without further appropriation action. Because CBO expects that any gifts would be spent soon after their receipt, enacting the bill would have a negligible net effect on direct spending.