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H.R. 2719 (113th): Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2719

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 18, 2013

(for himself, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, and Mr. Richmond) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

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

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act .

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

The Transportation Security Administration (in this Act referred to as TSA) does not consistently implement Department of Homeland Security policies and Government best practices for acquisition and procurement.

(2)

TSA has not developed a multiyear technology acquisition plan. As a result, TSA has underutilized innovation opportunities within the private sector, including from small businesses.

(3)

Due in part to the deficiencies referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2), TSA has faced challenges in meeting key performance requirements for several major acquisitions and procurements, resulting in reduced security effectiveness and wasted expenditures.

3.

Transportation security administration acquisition reform

(a)

In general

Title XVI of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (116 Stat. 2312) is amended to read as follows:

XVI

Transportation Security

A

General Provisions

1601.

Definitions

In this title:

(1)

Administration

The term Administration means the Transportation Security Administration.

(2)

Administrator

The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

B

Transportation Security Administration Acquisition Improvements

1611.

Multiyear technology acquisition plan

(a)

In general

The Administrator

(1)

not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, shall develop and transmit to Congress a strategic multiyear technology acquisition plan, which may include a classified addendum to report sensitive transportation security risks, technology vulnerabilities, or other sensitive security information; and

(2)

to the extent possible, shall publish such plan in an unclassified format within the public domain.

(b)

Consultation

The Administrator shall develop the multiyear acquisition plan in consultation with the Under Secretary for Management, the Chief Information Officer, and the Under Secretary for Science and Technology.

(c)

Contents of plan

The multiyear acquisition plan shall include the following:

(1)

An analysis of transportation security risks and the associated technology gaps, including consideration of the most recent Quadrennial Homeland Security Review under section 707.

(2)

A set of transportation security-related technology acquisition needs that—

(A)

is prioritized based on risk and gaps identified under paragraph (1); and

(B)

includes technology acquisition roadmaps with defined objectives, goals, and measures.

(3)

An identification of test, evaluation, modeling, and simulation capabilities that will be required to support the acquisition of the security-related technologies to meet those needs.

(4)

An identification of opportunities for public-private partnerships, small and disadvantaged company participation, intragovernment collaboration, university centers of excellence, and national laboratory technology transfer.

(5)

An identification of the Administration’s acquisition workforce needs that will be required for the management of planned security-related technology acquisitions, including consideration of leveraging acquisition expertise of other Federal agencies.

(d)

Leveraging the private sector

To the extent possible, and in a manner that is consistent with fair and equitable practices, the plan shall—

(1)

leverage emerging technology trends and research and development investment trends within the public and private sectors; and

(2)

incorporate feedback and input received from the private sector through requests for information, industry days, and other innovative means consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

(e)

Disclosure

The Administrator shall include with the plan required under this section a list of any nongovernment persons that contributed to the writing of the plan.

(f)

Update

Once every 2 years after the initial strategic plan is transmitted to Congress, the Administrator shall transmit to Congress an update of the plan.

1612.

Acquisition justification and reports

(a)

Acquisition justification

Before the Administration implements any security-related technology acquisition, the Administrator shall conduct a comprehensive analysis to determine whether the acquisition is justified. The analysis shall include, but may not be limited to, the following:

(1)

An identification of the type and level of risk to transportation security that would be addressed with the technology acquisition.

(2)

An assessment of how the proposed acquisition aligns to the multiyear plan developed under section 1611.

(3)

A comparison of the total expected lifecycle cost against the total expected quantitative and qualitative benefits to transportation security.

(4)

An analysis of alternative security solutions to determine if the proposed technology acquisition is the most effective and cost-efficient solution based on cost-benefit considerations.

(5)

A determination that the means of achieving such expected benefit to transportation security is consistent with fair information practice principles issued by the Privacy Officer of the Department.

(b)

Reports and certification to congress

(1)

In general

Not later than the end of the 30-day period preceding the award by the Administration of a contract for any security-related technology acquisition exceeding $30,000,000, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate the results of the comprehensive acquisition analysis required under this section and a certification by the Administrator that the security benefits justify the contract cost.

(2)

Extension due to imminent terrorist threat

If there is a known or suspected imminent threat to transportation security, the Administrator may reduce the 30-day period under paragraph (1) to 5 days in order to rapidly respond.

(3)

Notice to Congress

The Administrator shall provide immediate notice of such imminent threat to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate.

1613.

Acquisition baseline establishment and reports

(a)

Baseline requirements

(1)

In general

Before the Administration implements any security-related technology acquisition, the Administrator shall establish and document a set of formal baseline requirements.

(2)

Contents

The baseline requirements shall—

(A)

include the estimated costs (including lifecycle costs), schedule, and performance milestones for the planned duration of the acquisition; and

(B)

identify the acquisition risks and a plan for mitigating these risks.

(3)

Feasibility

In establishing the performance milestones under paragraph (2), the Administrator shall, to the extent possible and in consultation with the Under Secretary for Science and Technology, ensure that achieving these milestones is technologically feasible.

(4)

Test and evaluation plan

The Administrator, in consultation with the Under Secretary for Science and Technology, shall develop a plan for testing and evaluating the acquired technologies against the performance requirements established under paragraph (2). The test and evaluation plan shall describe the necessary and cost-effective combination of laboratory testing, field testing, modeling, simulation, and supporting analysis to ensure that the technologies meet the Administration’s mission needs.

(5)

Verification and validation

The Administrator may utilize independent reviewers to verify and validate the performance milestones and cost estimates developed under paragraph (2).

(b)

Review of baseline requirements and deviation; report to Congress

(1)

Review

(A)

In general

The Administrator shall review and assess each implemented acquisition to determine if the acquisition is meeting the baseline requirements established under subsection (a).

(B)

Test and evaluation assessment

The review shall include an assessment of whether the planned testing and evaluation activities have been completed and the results of such testing and evaluation demonstrate that the performance milestones are technologically feasible.

(2)

Report

(A)

In general

The Administrator shall report to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate the results of any assessment that finds that—

(i)

the actual or planned costs exceed the baseline costs by more than 10 percent;

(ii)

the actual or planned schedule for delivery has been delayed by more than 180 days; or

(iii)

there is a failure to meet any performance milestone that directly impacts security effectiveness.

(B)

Cause

The report shall include the cause for such excessive costs, delay, or failure, and a plan for corrective action.

(C)

Timeliness

The report required under this section shall be provided to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate no later than 30 days after identifying such excessive costs, delay, or failure.

1614.

Inventory utilization

(a)

In general

Before the procurement of additional quantities of equipment to fulfill a mission need, the Administrator shall, to the extent practicable, utilize any existing units in the Administration’s inventory to meet that need.

(b)

Tracking of inventory

The Administrator shall establish a process for tracking the location, utilization status, and quantity of security-related equipment in such inventory.

(c)

Logistics management

(1)

In general

The Administrator shall establish logistics principles for managing inventory in an effective and efficient manner.

(2)

Limitation on just-in-time logistics

The Administrator may not use just-in-time logistics if doing so would—

(A)

inhibit necessary planning for large-scale delivery of equipment to airports or other facilities; or

(B)

unduly diminish surge capacity for response to a terrorist threat.

1615.

Small business contracting goals

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act , and annually, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that includes the following:

(1)

A restatement of the Administration’s published goals for contracting with small and disadvantaged businesses and the Administration’s performance record with respect to meeting those goals during the preceding fiscal year.

(2)

If such goals were not met, or the Administration's performance was below the published goals of the Department, an itemized list of challenges that contributed to the level of performance during the preceding fiscal year.

(3)

An action plan, with benchmarks, for addressing each of the challenges identified in paragraph (2).

(4)

The status of implementing such action plan that was developed in the preceding fiscal year in accordance with paragraph (3).

1616.

Consistency with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and departmental policies and directives

The Administrator shall execute responsibilities set forth in this subtitle in a manner consistent with, and not duplicative of, the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Department’s acquisition policies and directives.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by striking the items relating to title XVI and inserting the following:

Title XVI—Transportation Security

Subtitle A—General Provisions

Sec. 1601. Definitions.

Subtitle B—Transportation Security Administration Acquisition Improvements

Sec. 1611. Multiyear technology acquisition plan.

Sec. 1612. Acquisition justification and reports.

Sec. 1613. Acquisition baseline establishment and reports.

Sec. 1614. Inventory utilization.

Sec. 1615. Small business contracting goals.

Sec. 1616. Consistency with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and departmental policies and directives.

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(c)

Prior amendments not affected

This section shall not be construed to affect any amendment made by title XVI of such Act as in effect before the date of enactment of this Act.

4.

Government Accountability Office report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act and 3 years thereafter, the Comptroller General of the United States shall evaluate and report to Congress the Transportation Security Administration’s progress in implementing subtitle B of title XVI of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (116 Stat. 2312), as amended by this Act (including provisions added to such subtitle after the date of enactment of this Act).

5.

No additional authorization of appropriations

No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act and the amendments made by this Act, and this Act and such amendments shall be carried out using amounts otherwise available for such purpose.