March 25, 2013
As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 14, 2013
S. 459 would approve the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of about 29 acres of the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands from the Forest Service to the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS would use the land for a visitor center, administrative site, and parking lot for the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota.
Based on information provided by the NPS, CBO estimates that implementing S. 459 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Authority to transfer the land and build and operate a facility was provided in the legislation that established the park unit in 1999. At that time, CBO estimated that the cost of constructing the facility would be about $5 million. That amount has already been appropriated for the project. Enacting S. 459 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
S. 459 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.