The authorization for the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking expired on October 7, 2021. S. 3211 would permanently reauthorize that task force, which has continued to operate and fulfill ongoing responsibilities under an Executive Order for combating wildlife trafficking. Therefore, CBO estimates that extending its authorization would not affect the federal budget.
The bill also would require the task force to collaborate with the private sector, foreign governments, and other entities to expand the use of technology to deter wildlife trafficking and to consider initiatives to address the illegal trade in wildlife on digital platforms. In its 2021 report to the Congress, the task force indicated that federal entities are increasing their efforts to coordinate with the private sector to address trafficking, including online trafficking. Thus, many of the bill’s requirements are being met under current law.