Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 5780, Safe Communities Act of 2020   [open pdf - 216KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate as ordered reported by the House Committee on Homeland Security on February 12, 2020. From the Document: "H.R. 5780 would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to provide information and guidance on securing critical infrastructure (such as power generation and transmission facilities) to state, local, and private stakeholders. CBO [Congressional Budget Office] expects that, under the bill, CISA would provide that information on an agency website to help nonfederal entities protect themselves and their systems from terrorist threats. On the basis of information from CISA regarding similar information sharing programs, CBO estimates that it would cost $6 million in 2021 to develop and disseminate security guidance, training modules, and fact sheets. CBO expects that the department would need 13 new employees by 2022, at an average salary of $150,000, to communicate with the critical infrastructure community and to review additional materials for the website. In total, satisfying that requirement would cost $14 million over the 2020-2025 period, CBO estimates."

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