Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 2440: Airport Security Improvement Act of 2000   [open pdf - 16KB]

"S. 2440 would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revise certain airport security policies and procedures. These policies would direct airports and air carriers to implement a number of security measures, including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) electronic fingerprint checks before filling certain jobs, better training for security screeners, and more random security checks of passengers. S. 2440 also would require the FAA to expand and accelerate the current effort to improve security at air traffic control facilities. CBO estimates that implementing S. 2440 would cost $155 million over the 2001-2005 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. That amount represents the difference between estimated spending under FAA's current plan for security improvements and spending for such improvements under the bill. Because S. 2440 would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures would apply, but CBO estimates the net impact on direct spending would be negligible. S. 2440 contains an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) because it would require airport operators to improve airport security. CBO estimates that the new requirements would impose no significant costs on state, local, or tribal governments, including public airport authorities. S. 2440 would impose private-sector mandates, as defined by UMRA, on air carriers and security screening companies. CBO expects that total costs of those mandates would not exceed the annual threshold established by UMRA for private-sector mandates ($109 million in 2000, adjusted for inflation)."

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