H.R. 4005 (112th): GAPS Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 30, 2012 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 352

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4005

[Report No. 112–499]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 9, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

May 30, 2012

Additional sponsors: Mr. Rangel, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas, Mr. Poe of Texas, and Mr. Broun of Georgia

May 30, 2012

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

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A BILL

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.


1.

Short title

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

2.

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

(a)

In general

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

(1)

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

(2)

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

(b)

Form

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

3.

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.

May 30, 2012

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed