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Text of the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on September 21, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 21, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6489

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 21, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Boren) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

A BILL

To reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2012.

2.

NIDIS program amendments

Section 3 of the National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006 (15 U.S.C. 313d) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a) by inserting before the period at the end the following: to better inform and provide for more timely decisionmaking to reduce drought related impacts and costs;

(2)

by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following:

(b)

System functions

The National Integrated Drought Information System shall—

(1)

provide an effective drought early warning system that—

(A)

collects and integrates information on the key indicators of drought in order to make usable, reliable, and timely forecasts of drought, including assessments of the severity of drought conditions and impacts; and

(B)

provides such information, forecasts, and assessments on both national and regional levels;

(2)

communicate drought forecasts, drought conditions, and drought impacts on an ongoing basis to—

(A)

decisionmakers at the Federal, regional, State, tribal, and local levels of government;

(B)

the private sector; and

(C)

the public;

(3)

provide timely data, information, and products that reflect local, regional, and State differences in drought conditions;

(4)

coordinate, and integrate as practicable, Federal research in support of a drought early warning system;

(5)

build upon existing forecasting and assessment programs and partnerships; and

(6)

continue ongoing research activities related to drought.

; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Report

(1)

In general

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2012, the Under Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that contains—

(A)

an analysis of the implementation of the National Integrated Drought Information System program, including how the information, forecasts, and assessments are utilized in drought policy planning and response activities;

(B)

specific plans for continued development of such program, including future milestones; and

(C)

an identification of research, monitoring, and forecasting needs to enhance the predictive capability of—

(i)

drought early warnings;

(ii)

the length and severity of droughts; and

(iii)

the contribution of weather events to reducing the severity or ending drought conditions.

(2)

Consultation

In developing the report under paragraph (1), the Under Secretary shall consult with relevant Federal, regional, State, tribal, and local government agencies, research institutions, and the private sector.

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3.

Authorization of appropriations

Section 4 of such Act is amended to read as follows:

4.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $13,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017.

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