H. R. 6025
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 28, 2012
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To provide for annual reports on the status of operational control of the international land and maritime borders of the United States and unlawful entries, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Mandatory Operational Control
Reporting and Performance Measures Act of 2012.
Annual reports on operational control of international land and maritime borders
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, as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Annual Performance Report, an annual report on the number of miles of the international land and maritime border between the United States and Canada and the United States and Mexico that are under operational control of the Department, cumulatively and by sector.
Estimates of unlawful entries
Each report under subsection (a) shall include the estimated number of unlawful entries between ports of entry along the international land and maritime borders of the United States during the period covered by the report, determined using all available sources of data.
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall make available to the Government Accountability Office the data and methodology used to compile the statistics used in preparing each report under subsection (a), to ensure the suitability and statistical validity of such data and methodology.
Terminology and methodology
Except as provided in subsection (e), for purposes of consistent usage of terminology and methodology in the annual reports required under subsection (a), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall use the methodology used to measure such operational control in accordance with the Department’s Annual Performance Reports for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2010.
Alternate terminology and methodology
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall use the terminology and methodology described in subsection (d) until such time as an alternate terminology and methodology is—
required by an Act of Congress; or
certified as suitable and statistically valid by a Department of Energy National Laboratory with prior expertise in border security.
Passed the House of Representatives November 27, 2012.
Karen L. Haas,