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H.R. 4407 (114th): Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of May 17, 2016 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

H. R. 4407


May 17, 2016

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security a board to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to counterterrorism, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2016.


Department of Homeland Security Counterterrorism Advisory Board


In general

At the end of subtitle A of title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 121 et seq.) insert the following new section:


Departmental coordination on counterterrorism



There is in the Department a board to be composed of senior representatives of departmental operational components and headquarters elements. The purpose of the board shall be to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to the counterterrorism mission and functions of the Department.



There shall be a charter to govern the structure and mission of the board. Such charter shall direct the board to focus on the current threat environment and the importance of aligning departmental counterterrorism activities under the Secretary’s guidance. The charter shall be reviewed and updated every four years, as appropriate.





The Secretary shall appoint a Coordinator for Counterterrorism within the Department who will serve as the chair of the board.


Additional members

The Secretary shall appoint additional members of the board from among the following:


The Transportation Security Administration.


United States Customs and Border Protection.


United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency.


The Coast Guard.


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.


The United States Secret Service.


The National Protection and Programs Directorate.


The Office of Operations Coordination.


The Office of the General Counsel.


The Office of Intelligence and Analysis.


The Office of Policy.


The Science and Technology Directorate.


Other Departmental offices and programs as determined appropriate by the Secretary.



The board shall meet on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities, including coordination with other Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners, and shall make recommendations to the Secretary.


Terrorism alerts

The board shall advise the Secretary on the issuance of terrorism alerts pursuant to section 203 of this Act.


Prohibition on additional funds

No additional funds are authorized to carry out this section.



Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 210F the following new item:

Sec. 210G. Departmental coordination on counterterrorism.




Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the status and activities of the board established under section 210G of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by subsection (a).

Passed the House of Representatives May 16, 2016.

Karen L. Haas,