Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 4176, Air Cargo Security Improvement Act of 2018   [open pdf - 93KB]

"H.R. 4176 would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish an Air Cargo Division to carry out activities related to ensuring that cargo transported aboard passenger aircraft does not pose a threat to aviation security. The act also would require TSA to study the feasibility of expanding the use of certain types of explosive-detection systems to screen air cargo and initiate a two-year pilot program to test such systems. H.R. 4176 also would require TSA and the Government Accountability Office to meet other administrative and reporting requirements related to air cargo security. Using information from TSA, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that implementing H.R. 4176 would cost $7 million over the 2019-2022 period; such spending would be subject to appropriation. Enacting H.R. 4176 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4176 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028. H.R. 4176 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA)."

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