Credit: Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU)

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued a cost estimate focused on S. 4503, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.

Dated November 22, 2022, the CBO document notes establishing a secure system to collect information on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP).

As a bill, S. 4503 would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2023 for intelligence activities of the U.S. government, including the establishment of a program to analyze the United States’ leadership in the technology sector, and establish a system to collect information on unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena (UAP).

Credit: DOD/U.S. Navy/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Historical information

Section 704 of the bill would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to “establish a secure system to gather and share information related to unidentified aerospace undersea phenomena (UAP). That system would be used to receive reports and to collect historical information on UAP. The system also would need to be capable of exchanging information with other secure information systems of the federal government,” the CBO document adds.

As noted in CBO documentation, the bill would enhance whistleblower protections; allow people to sue the United States government for compensatory and punitive damages; and “void some provisions of nondisclosure agreements that would prevent reports from being filed with the Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office and prohibit private-sector entities from seeking damages in federal court from individuals who file reports.”

Authorization and outlays

According to a table in the CBO document, a “Secure Reporting System” has an “Estimated Authorization” pegged at $30 million. The “Estimated Outlays” in fiscal year, millions of dollars, are listed as $14 million in 2023; $12 million in 2024; $3 million in 2025 with zero dollars in fiscal year 2027 – all equaling the $30 million estimated authorization.

The CBO document is available at:

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