Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cost Estimate for ARRL Study Bill: $1 Million

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that conducting the studies mandated by S.191, the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2011, would cost taxpayers approximately $1 million in 2012, if passed and signed into law. The bill, which is being heavily promoted by the ARRL, would direct the Department of Homeland Security to study the uses and capabilities of the Amateur Radio Service during and after a disaster or emergency, and would require the department's Inspector General to additionally report on the cost of grant programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the extent to which these programs overlap with each other. The CBO analysis was requested by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.