Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 5781, National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act   [open pdf - 185KB]

From the Document: "H.R. 5781 would direct the President to establish a national wildland fire risk reduction program and would authorize the appropriation of specific amounts over the 2022-2026 period for various agencies that would total $2.2 billion. Those amounts would be for federal agencies to conduct research and development on the effects of wildfires and detecting, preparing for, mitigating, and preventing wildfires. The bill also would direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to establish and manage interagency and advisory committees on wildfire risk reduction and would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report to the Congress on the program. [...] Based on the costs of similar tasks, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that OSTP would need between one and two employees, at an average annual cost of $165,000 each, to manage the committees. We also estimate that any costs incurred by GAO to prepare the required report would be insignificant. In total, CBO estimates that implementing those requirements would cost $2 million over the 2022-2027 period."

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