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H.R. 1372 (115th): Homeland Security for Children Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 25, 2017 (Passed the House).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1372

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Homeland Security for Children Act.

2.

Responsibilities of the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans

Paragraph (6) of section 709(c) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 349(c)) is amended by inserting , including feedback from organizations representing the needs of children, after stakeholder feedback.

3.

Technical expert authorized

Paragraph (2) of section 503(b) of the Homeland Security Act (6 U.S.C. 313(b)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (G), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (H), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(I)

identify and integrate the needs of children into activities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the risk of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other manmade disasters, including catastrophic incidents, including by appointing a technical expert, who may consult with relevant outside organizations and experts, as necessary, to coordinate such integration, as necessary.

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4.

Report

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter for five years, the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans of the Department of Homeland Security 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 describing the efforts the Department has undertaken to review and incorporate feedback from organizations representing the needs of children into Department policy in accordance with paragraph (6) of section 709(c) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by section 2 of this Act), including information on the following:

(1)

The designation of any individual responsible for carrying out such paragraph (6).

(2)

Any review, formal or informal, of Department policies, programs, or activities to assess the suitability of such policies, programs, or activities for children and where feedback from organizations representing the needs of children should be reviewed and incorporated.

(3)

Any review, change, modification, or promulgation of Department policies, programs, or activities to ensure that such policies, programs, or activities are appropriate for children.

(4)

Coordination with organizations or experts outside the Department pursuant to such paragraph (6) conducted to inform any such review, change, modification, or promulgation of such policies, programs, or activities.

Passed the House of Representatives April 25, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.