Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 1302, Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017   [open pdf - 19KB]

"H.R. 1302 would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop and carryout national exercises designed to evaluate the nation's preparedness against the threat of foreign fighters and terrorists. Based on information from FEMA, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that implementing the legislation would not significantly affect the federal budget over the 2018-2022 period because the new exercises would be integrated into existing programs. Under current law, at least every two years, the agency conducts a national exercise to evaluate the preparedness of federal, state, local, and tribal governments to respond to catastrophic events-including acts of terrorism-in a coordinated manner. The agency allocated approximately $112 million in fiscal year 2016 for such activities including education and training efforts related to the ability to respond to emergencies. Under the bill, the agency would develop and conduct an exercise to test the ability to respond to the threat of persons leaving the United States to join or provide material support to terrorist organizations or of foreign fighters attempting to enter the United States. Under the bill, the agency also would be required to integrate those exercises into the national exercises carried out every two years under current law. Based on information from FEMA, CBO estimates that the agency would develop and integrate the new exercises into existing preparedness activities and would incur no significant additional costs."

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