Press Release


House Passes Legislation to Improve DHS Accountability and Transparency

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The U.S. House of Representatives passed four bills today with overwhelming bipartisan votes to curb waste, fraud, and abuse and to increase transparency at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bills were incorporated in an initiative introduced within the first 100 days of Congress by freshman Members of the Committee on Homeland Security.

Chairman Michael McCaul: “The American people deserve a government that is accountable and transparent. The freshmen on my Committee have put forward common-sense legislation to further this goal and make the Department of Homeland Security a more efficient and effective organization. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to move these bills to the President’s desk.”

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. 1626 passed the House by voice vote.

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. 1633 passed the House by voice vote.

H.R. 1637,  the Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, chairman of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee, requires annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of DHS’s federally funded research and development centers. H.R. 1637 passed the House by voice vote.

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. 1640 passed the House by voice vote.

The House also passed by voice vote, H.R. 615, the DHS Interoperable Communications Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., H.R. 2390, the Homeland Security University-based Centers Review Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and H.R. 1646, the Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.