S. 2030, National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2014

Cost Estimate
August 8, 2014

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on July 23, 2014

S. 2030 would authorize appropriations totaling $526 million over the 2015-2020 period for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to carry out the National Sea Grant College Program, which funds scientific research, education, and public outreach related to marine issues at certain universities. In addition, the program would provide funds for marine policy fellowships.

Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $379 million over the 2015-2019 period and $147 million after 2019. Because enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

S. 2030 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments. The bill would benefit public universities by reauthorizing the national sea grant college program. Any costs incurred by state, local, or tribal governments, including matching funds, would result from complying with a voluntary federal program.