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H.R. 3387 (114th): Open and Transparent Smithsonian Act of 2016


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 12, 2016 (Reported by House Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.


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Union Calendar No. 677

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3387

[Report No. 114–864]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 29, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

December 12, 2016

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on July 29, 2015


A BILL

To amend the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act to apply the requirements of such Acts to the Smithsonian Institution, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Open and Transparent Smithsonian Act of 2016.

2.

Application of open government laws to Smithsonian Institution

(a)

Freedom of Information Act

Section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), as amended by section 2(7) of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(n)

For purposes of this section, the Smithsonian Institution shall be considered an agency, and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution shall be considered the head of the agency.

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(b)

Privacy Act

Section 552a(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act), is amended by striking the semicolon at the end and inserting , except that such term also includes the Smithsonian Institution;.

(c)

Requiring Open Meetings

Section 552b(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code (relating to open meetings) is amended by striking the semicolon at the end and inserting , except that such term also includes the Smithsonian Institution;.

3.

Effective date and application

(a)

Effective Date

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Application

(1)

Freedom of Information Act; Privacy Act

Subsections (a) and (b) of section 2 and the amendments made by such subsections shall apply to any record created before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Open meetings

Subsection (c) of section 2 and the amendments made by such subsection shall apply to any meeting held on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act to apply the requirements of such Acts to the Smithsonian Institution, and for other purposes..

December 12, 2016

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed