CBO Releases Annual Unfunded Mandates Reform Act Report

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 31, 2012

A Review of CBO’s Activities in 2011 Under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, March 30, 2012

  • “The law requires the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare mandate statements for bills that are approved by authorizing committees; when requested, the agency also reviews other legislative proposals for intergovernmental and private-sector mandates. CBO found that most of the legislation the Congress considered in 2011 contained no mandates as defined in UMRA. Of the 434 bills CBO reviewed in 2011, 56 (13 percent) contained inter-governmental mandates and 67 (15 percent) contained private-sector mandates. Of the 81 public laws enacted in 2011, 12 contained intergovernmental mandates and 16 contained private-sector mandates. Many of those mandates were temporary extensions of existing mandates and were included in continuing resolutions that provided funding for federal programs until full-year appropriations were enacted.”
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