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H.R. 1353 (115th): Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 2017 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1353 requires annual updates from the Transportation Security Administration on strategic investment goals relating to technology procurement. In addition, the bill requires congressional notification for any changes in procurement costs.


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1353

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 2, 2017

(for herself, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Keating, and Mr. Katko) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain additional information to be submitted to Congress regarding the strategic 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017.

2.

Information required to be submitted to Congress under the strategic 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration

(a)

Additional information required

Section 1611 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 563) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (g)—

(A)

in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking biennially and inserting annually;

(B)

in paragraph (1), by striking and;

(C)

in paragraph (2), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(D)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

information about acquisitions completed during the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year during which the report is submitted.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsections:

(h)

Notice of covered changes to Plan

(1)

Notice required

The Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives notice of any covered change to the Plan by not later than 90 days after the date on which the change is made.

(2)

Definition of change

In this subsection, the term covered change means an increase or decrease in the dollar amount allocated to the procurement of a technology or an increase or decrease in the number of a technology.

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(b)

Report on equipment in operation post-Life-Cycle

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report describing any equipment of the Transportation Security Administration that is in operation after—

(1)

the end of the life-cycle of the equipment specified by the manufacturer of the equipment; or

(2)

the end of the useful life projection for the equipment under the strategic 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration, as required by section 1611 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 563).

(c)

Notice to airports and airlines

Upon the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration shall notify airports and airlines of any changes to the 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration.