Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 1700, COPS Improvements Act of 2007   [open pdf - 15KB]

"H.R. 1700 would make many changes to the laws relating to the distribution and permitted uses of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants and would increase the authorization level for this program from $1.047 billion annually to $1.15 billion annually through fiscal year 2013 (funding for this program is currently authorized through 2009). Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that implementing H.R. 1700 would cost $1.5 billion over the 2008-2012 period, with additional amounts spent after 2012. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or receipts. H.R. 1700 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments. The estimated budgetary impact of H.R. 1700 is shown in the following table. For this estimate, CBO assumes that the authorized amounts will be appropriated by the beginning of each fiscal year, starting with fiscal year 2008, and that outlays will follow the historical spending rates for these activities. We also assume that there will be no additional appropriations enacted for fiscal year 2007 for the COPS program. The cost of this legislation falls within budget function 750 (administration of justice)."

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