Press Release


Committee to Markup Eleven Homeland Security Bills

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

** The markup will be streamed live here **

Wednesday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. ET


Committee on Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas)

311 Cannon House Office Building

This markup will consider the legislation passed last week from a Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency markup, a Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications markup, and other homeland security related bills.

·         H.R. 1300, the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, introduced by Rep. Peter King, R- N.Y., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers.

·         H.R. 1615, the DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., directs DHS’s Chief FOIA Officer to make certain improvements in the implementation the Freedom of Information Act.

·         H.R. 1626, the DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, seeks to reduce duplication of information technology at the department.

·         H.R. 1633, the DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R- Ga., requires improvements to the tracking and reporting of DHS employees placed on administrative leave, or any other type of paid non-duty status, for personnel matters.

·         H.R. 1637, the Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, requires the Department of Homeland Security to produce annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of their federally funded research and development centers.

·         H.R. 1640, the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Mark Walker, R- N.C., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress a report on DHS’s headquarters consolidation project at St. Elizabeth’s.

·         H.R. 1646, the Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., requires the Secretary of DHS to research how small and medium sized unmanned aerial systems could be used in an attack and how to prevent or mitigate the effects of such an attack.

·         H.R. 1738, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to modernize and implement an effective public alert and warning system to relay important security information.

·         H.R. 2200, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., establishes a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing function within DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and requires that information to be distributed by the Department to the appropriate homeland security related entities.

·         H.R. 2206, the State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., requires recipients of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to preserve and strengthen interoperable emergency communications capabilities.

·         H.R. 2390, the Homeland Security University-based Centers Review Act, requires a review of university-based centers for homeland security.