Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 1508, Guidance Clarity Act of 2021   [open pdf - 158KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate as ordered reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on July 20, 2021. From the Document: "H.R. 1508 would require federal agencies to include text in their guidance documents to clarify that such guidance is not legally binding. Guidance documents typically explain how regulations are interpreted by the agency but do not carry the force of law. Agencies disseminate guidance to the public in memorandums, notices, bulletins, directives, news releases, letters, blog posts, or speeches. CBO [Congressional Budget Office] expects that placing a clarifying statement in each guidance document would not significantly increase agencies' administrative costs. CBO estimates that the administrative expenses associated with implementing H.R. 1508 would cost less than $500,000 over the 2022-2026 period; any spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting H.R. 1508 could affect direct spending by some agencies that are allowed to use fees, receipts from the sale of goods, and other collections to cover operating costs. CBO estimates that any net changes in direct spending by those agencies would be negligible because most of them can adjust amounts collected to reflect changes in operating costs. On September 15, 2021, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 533 [hyperlink], Guidance Clarity Act of 2021, as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on July 14, 2021. The two bills are similar, and the estimated costs are the same."

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