Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 5843, A Bill to Amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to Permit Use of Certain Grant Funds for Training Conducted in Conjunction with a National Laboratory or Research Facility   [open pdf - 20KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimate on H.R. 5843, as introduced in the House of Representatives on May 18, 2012. From the Document: "H.R. 5843 would permit recipients of certain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to use funding for training and exercises conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would not affect the federal budget; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. Funding provided through FEMA's Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program may be used by state, local, and tribal governments to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism. About $784 million in grants have been made available for 2012 (see Public Law 112-74). Under current law, funds may be used for designing, conducting and evaluating training and exercises. The legislation would allow for spending on similar activities performed in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility. CBO does not expect the amount or rate of expenditures for either program to change as a result of this legislation."

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