H. R. 6162
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 28, 2006
November 13, 2006
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To require financial accountability with respect to certain contract actions related to the Secure Border Initiative of the Department of Homeland Security.
This Act may be cited as the
Secure Border Initiative Financial
Accountability Act of 2006.
Secure border initiative financial accountability
The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security shall review each contract action related to the Department’s Secure Border Initiative having a value greater than $20,000,000, to determine whether each such action fully complies with applicable cost requirements, performance objectives, program milestones, inclusion of small, minority, and women-owned business, and timelines. The Inspector General shall complete a review under this subsection with respect to a contract action—
not later than 60 days after the date of the initiation of the action; and
upon the conclusion of the performance of the contract.
Report by Inspector General
Upon completion of each review described in subsection (a), the Inspector General shall submit to the Secretary of Homeland Security a report containing the findings of the review, including findings regarding any cost overruns, significant delays in contract execution, lack of rigorous departmental contract management, insufficient departmental financial oversight, bundling that limits the ability of small business to compete, or other high risk business practices.
Report by Secretary
Not later than 30 days after the receipt of each report required under subsection (b), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the findings of the report by the Inspector General and the steps the Secretary has taken, or plans to take, to address the problems identified in such report.
Authorization of appropriations
In addition to amounts that are otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Office of the Inspector General, an additional amount equal to at least five percent for fiscal year 2007, at least six percent for fiscal year 2008, and at least seven percent for fiscal year 2009 of the overall budget of the Office for each such fiscal year is authorized to be appropriated to the Office to enable the Office to carry out this section.
Action by Inspector General
In the event the Inspector General becomes aware of any improper conduct or wrongdoing in accordance with the contract review required under subsection (a), the Inspector General shall, as expeditiously as practicable, refer information related to such improper conduct or wrongdoing to the Secretary of Homeland Security or other appropriate official in the Department of Homeland Security for purposes of evaluating whether to suspend or debar the contractor.
Passed the House of Representatives September 28, 2006.
Karen L. Haas,