H.R. 3609, Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Cost Estimate
July 3, 2012

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on April 26, 2012

H.R. 3609 would require government agencies to identify and describe each program they administer, the cost to administer the program, expenditures for services, the number of program beneficiaries, and the number of federal employees and contract staff involved. Under the bill, that information would be posted on each agency’s Web site. In addition, H.R. 3609 would require an annual report by the Office of Management and Budget that identifies duplicative federal programs.

Based on information from several agencies, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3609 would cost around $100 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending by agencies not funded through annual appropriations; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. CBO estimates, however, that any net increase in spending by those agencies would be negligible. Enacting H.R. 3609 would not affect revenues.

H.R. 3609 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.