Text of the GAPS Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 28, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 28, 2012 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

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2d Session

H. R. 4005



To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study and report to Congress on gaps in port security in the United States and a plan to address them.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Gauging American Port Security Act or the GAPS Act.


Study, report, and plan to address gaps in port security


In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act the Secretary of Homeland Security shall—


conduct a study of, and submit to the Congress a report on, remaining gaps in port security in the United States; and


include in such report a prioritization of such gaps and a plan for addressing them.



The report required under subsection (a) shall be submitted in classified form but shall contain an unclassified annex.


Information sharing

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall, in accordance with rules for the handling of classified information, share, as appropriate, with designated points of contact from Federal agencies and State, local, or tribal governments, and port system owners and operators, relevant information regarding remaining gaps in port security of the United States, prioritization of such gaps, and a plan for addressing such gaps. In the event that a designated point of contact does not have the necessary security clearance to receive such information, the Secretary shall help expedite the clearance process, as appropriate.

Passed the House of Representatives June 28, 2012.

Karen L. Haas,