December 19, 2013
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on December 4, 2013
H.R. 915 would authorize a nonprofit organization to establish a commemorative work on federal lands in the District of Columbia. Enacting the legislation would affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that the net effect on the budget would not be significant in any year. Enacting H.R. 915 would not affect revenues.
The legislation would authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a memorial to honor the Peace Corps. The memorial project, which would be completed without the use of federal funds, would be subject to the requirements of the Commemorative Works Act. Under that act, any entity that receives a permit to construct a memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs must donate to the National Park Foundation (a nonprofit organization) an amount equal to 10 percent of the memorial’s estimated construction cost. That amount, as well as any project funds remaining after construction of the memorial, would be available in future years for maintenance of the memorial.
Based on the experience of similar commemorative projects, CBO expects that any amounts collected by the federal government would not be received for several years and would be offset by a transfer to the National Park Foundation (a nonfederal entity) soon thereafter.
H.R. 915 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 December 9, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 230, as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on December 4, 2013. The two pieces of legislation are similar, and the CBO cost estimates are the same.