Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 193: USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011   [open pdf - 21KB]

"The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-56), the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-458), and the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-177) expanded the powers of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to investigate and prosecute terrorist acts. S. 193 would extend, until December 31, 2013, certain provisions of those acts that will otherwise expire in 2011. In addition, the bill would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) and certain offices within the intelligence community to prepare additional reports and audits relating to those investigations. Finally, S. 193 would permanently rescind $5 million from the unobligated balances of DOJ's Assets Forfeiture Fund. Assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that implementing S. 193 would have discretionary costs of $9 million over the 2011-2016 period. We also estimate that enacting the legislation would decrease direct spending by $5 million over the 2011-2013 period (with no impact after 2013). In addition, we estimate that enacting the bill would affect revenues, but such effects would not be significant. Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending and revenues. CBO has determined that the provisions of S. 193 are either excluded from review for mandates under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) because they are necessary for national security or they contain no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates."

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