The Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015 would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit an annual report to Congress on the activities and accomplishments of all of its federally funded research. DHS has a Science and Technology division which does research on technologies that may have security benefits. For example, at the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility, DHS develops technologies to prevent foreign contamination of the food supply. The bill has been reported by committee and may head to a House vote next.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 23, 2015.
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.)
Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015
(Sec. 2) Directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to annually submit to the Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate a list of ongoing and completed projects that federally funded research and development centers within DHS have been tasked to complete.
Prohibits additional funds from being authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act.