McCaul on Passage of 17 Bills to Enhance Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Homeland Security Committee continues its efforts to shield the homeland and protect Americans right out of the gate in the 115th Congress. Today the House passed 17 Committee bills that touch on a wide array of homeland security issues—from the security of our border, transportation, and cyber networks, to counterterrorism, first responder capabilities, and ensuring the Department of Homeland Security runs efficiently. On the heels of this package of bills approved by the House, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul issued the following statement praising the Committee’s efforts in putting forth legislative solutions that better protect our homeland:
Chairman McCaul: “The 17 bills that passed the House today are all unified in their purpose to better protect our homeland and our people. These bills improve our border security, transportation security, and cybersecurity defenses, enhance first responder capabilities, and streamline the management efficiency of the Department of Homeland Security. My Committee is working to get common sense legislation signed into law as soon as possible and make our country safer by doing so.”
Legislation passed today includes:
- H.R. 347, The DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), requires the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to request component heads to maintain specific types of acquisition documentation.
- H.R. 366, The DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess (SAVE) Act, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), directs the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department’s vehicle fleet.
- H.R. 437, The Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing the use of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) funding for enhancing medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities.
- H.R. 505, The Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), strengthens accountability for deployment of border security technology at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 526, The Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), establishes a board in the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to counterterrorism.
- H.R. 549, The Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), clarifies certain allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants and establish periods of performance for such grants, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 584, The Cyber Preparedness Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), enhances preparedness and response capabilities for cyberattacks and bolsters the sharing of information related to cyber threats.
- H.R. 612, The United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), establishes a grant program at the Department of Homeland Security to promote cooperative research and development between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity.
- H.R. 642, The Fusion Center Enhancement Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), enhances the partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the National Network of Fusion Centers.
- H.R. 655, The Securing the Cities Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) establishes the Securing the Cities program, which will enhance the ability of the United States to detect and prevent terrorist attacks and other high consequence events utilizing nuclear or other radiological materials that pose a high risk to homeland security in high-risk urban areas.
- H.R. 665, The Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Act, introduced by Rep. William Keating (D-MA), requires the Transportation Security Administration to update risk assessments at airports—specifically along airport perimeters and points of access to secure areas—and report to Congress strategic plans to increase security measures.
- H.R. 666, The Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), requires the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to establish an insider threat program within the Department.
- H.R. 677, The CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security.
- H.R. 678, The Department of Homeland Security Support to Fusion Centers Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), requires an assessment of fusion center personnel needs.
- H.R. 687, The First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), directs FEMA to develop a uniform process for reviewing grant applications seeking to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed applicable national voluntary consensus standards using funds from the Urban Area Security Initiative or the State Homeland Security Grant Program.
- H.R. 690, The Gains in Global Nuclear Detection Architecture Act, introduced by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), directs the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to develop and maintain documentation that provides information on how the Office’s research investments align with gaps in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the research challenges identified by the DNDO Director.
- H.R. 697, The Department of Homeland Security Clearance Management and Administration Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), improves the management and administration of the security clearance processes throughout the Department of Homeland Security.