Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 539, Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act [August 9,2021]   [open pdf - 170KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimate as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on July 14, 2021. From the Document: "Except in cases involving fraud, H.R. 539 would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive the collection of improper payments provided to individuals or households after major disasters declared under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The act also would require FEMA to report on its processes for determining the distribution of disaster assistance. Under current law, FEMA must recoup improper payments, which can stem from errors in processing or from duplicate payments. Recouped amounts are deposited into the Disaster Relief Fund and are available to spend without further appropriation. The agency currently has limited discretion to waive debts. CBO assumes that the legislation will be enacted late in fiscal year 2021. Accordingly, the budgetary effects would begin in 2022. [...] [E]nacting the bill would increase direct spending by $2 million over the 2021-2026 period but would have no net effect on direct spending over the 2021-2031 period."

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