H.R. 2719: Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

Jul 18, 2013
Passed House
28% chance of being enacted
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S. 1893 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Dec 20, 2013

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Richard Hudson
Representative for North Carolina's 8th congressional district
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Dec 09, 2013
20 pages
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S. 1893 (Related)
Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 20, 2013


This bill passed in the House on December 3, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Introduced Jul 18, 2013
Referred to Committee Jul 18, 2013
Reported by Committee Oct 29, 2013
Passed House Dec 03, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

28% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To require the Transportation Security Administration to implement best practices and improve transparency with regard to technology acquisition programs, and for other purposes.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Dec 03, 2013 2:42 p.m.
Passed 416/0

3 cosponsors (2D, 1R) (show)

House Homeland Security

Transportation Security

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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Library of Congress Summary

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12/3/2013--Passed House amended.
Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act -
Section 3 -
Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop, update biennially, and report to Congress a strategic multiyear technology investment plan, which may include a classified addendum to report sensitive transportation security risks, technology vulnerabilities, or other sensitive security information.
Requires the plan to include: (1) an analysis of transportation security risks and associated technology gaps, and (2) a set of the TSA's transportation security-related technology acquisition needs.
Directs the Administrator, in accordance with TSA policies and directives, and before implementing any security-related technology, to analyze whether it is justified, including its privacy and civil liberties implications. Requires the Administrator, by 30 days before any TSA award of a contract for acquisitions exceeding $30 million, to report to Congress the results of the acquisition analysis and certify that the security benefits justify the contract cost.
Directs the appropriate TSA acquisition official to establish certain performance baseline requirements before any TSA security-related technology acquisition. Requires that official to review and assess each acquisition for meeting the baseline requirements and to report those results to Congress.
Requires the Administrator, before the procurement of additional quantities of equipment to fulfill a TSA mission need, to utilize, to the extent practicable, any existing units in the TSA's inventory to meet that need.
Directs the Administrator to report annually to Congress on TSA's goals for contracting with small businesses, including small and disadvantaged businesses.
Section 4 -
Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to assess TSA's implementation of GAO recommendations regarding the acquisition of security-related technology that were made before enactment of this Act.
Directs the GAO to evaluate TSA's progress in implementing this Act.
Section 5 -
Directs the Administrator to report to Congress on the feasibility of tracking TSA transportation security-related technology through automated information and data capture technologies.
Section 6 -
Directs the GAO to evaluate TSA's testing and evaluation of security-related technologies.
Section 7 -
States that no additional funds are authorized to carry out this Act. Requires this Act to be carried out using amounts otherwise available for the purpose.

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