S. 683: Border Security Results Act of 2013

Apr 09, 2013
Referred to Committee
2% chance of being enacted
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H.R. 1417 (same title)
Reported by Committee — May 15, 2013

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John Cornyn
Senior Senator from Texas
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Apr 09, 2013
12 pages
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H.R. 1417 (Related)
Border Security Results Act of 2013

Reported by Committee
Last Action: May 15, 2013


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 9, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Apr 09, 2013
Referred to Committee Apr 09, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

7% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain operational control of the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes.


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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Border Security Results Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to: (1) report, every 180 days, on the state of operational control of the international borders of the United States; and (2) achieve situational awareness of such borders within two years.
Requires the Secretary to submit:
(1) a comprehensive strategy for gaining and maintaining operational control of all sectors of such borders within a two-year period,
(2) an implementation plan for each DHS border security component to carry out such strategy, and
(3) an updated strategy and implementation plan after submission of each Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. Requires such strategy to include:
(1) an assessment of principal border security threats,
(2) efforts to analyze and disseminate border security and threat information between DHS border security components,
(3) a comprehensive border security technology plan,
(4) Department of Defense (DOD) surveillance capabilities,
(5) the use of manned aircraft and unmanned aerial systems,
(6) agreements with foreign governments that support U.S. border security efforts,
(7) staffing requirements for all border security functions,
(8) measures necessary to achieve a 50% reduction in the average wait times for vehicles at international land ports of entry, and
(9) specified metrics.
Directs the Secretary to:
(1) implement metrics to measure the effectiveness of security between ports of entry, at ports of entry, and in the maritime environment;
(2) request the head of a national laboratory within the DHS laboratory network with prior expertise in border security to provide an independent assessment of, and ensure statistical validity of, such metrics; and
(3) make such assessment and the metrics data and methodology available to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for a report to Congress.
Directs: (1) the Secretary to submit a certification to Congress and the Comptroller General upon determining that operational control of such borders has been achieved, and (2) the Comptroller General to verify the accuracy of such certification.
Directs the Comptroller General to submit a report addressing areas of overlap in responsibilities within DHS's border security functions.
Directs the Secretary to report annually on: (1) a resource allocation model for current and future year staffing requirements for optimal staffing levels at all land, air, and sea ports of entry; (2) detailed information on the level of manpower available at and between such ports of entry; and (3) detailed information describing the difference between such optimal and actual levels.

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