July 31, 2013
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
on July 24, 2013
S. 793 would require the Secretary of State to develop a multiyear strategy to bolster the Organization of American States (OAS) and improve the OAS’s processes for managing its budget and personnel. The act would require the Secretary to provide quarterly briefings to the Congress on the progress of implementing that strategy. CBO estimates that implementing S. 793 would have discretionary costs of less than $500,000 each year and that total $1 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming the availability of appropriated funds. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.
S. 793 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.
On May 23, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 793 as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 14, 2013. The two versions of S. 793 are similar, and the estimated costs are the same.