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H.R. 1616 (115th): Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of May 16, 2017 (Passed the House).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1616

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017.

2.

Authorization of the national computer forensics institute of the department of homeland security

(a)

In general

Subtitle C of title VIII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 381 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

822.

National computer forensics institute

(a)

In general

There is authorized for fiscal years 2017 through 2022 within the United States Secret Service a National Computer Forensics Institute (in this section referred to as the Institute). The Institute shall disseminate information related to the investigation and prevention of cyber and electronic crime and related threats, and educate, train, and equip State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges.

(b)

Functions

The functions of the Institute shall include the following:

(1)

Educating State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges on current—

(A)

cyber and electronic crimes and related threats;

(B)

methods for investigating cyber and electronic crime and related threats and conducting computer and mobile device forensic examinations; and

(C)

prosecutorial and judicial challenges related to cyber and electronic crime and related threats, and computer and mobile device forensic examinations.

(2)

Training State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers to—

(A)

conduct cyber and electronic crime and related threat investigations;

(B)

conduct computer and mobile device forensic examinations; and

(C)

respond to network intrusion incidents.

(3)

Training State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges on methods to obtain, process, store, and admit digital evidence in court.

(c)

Principles

In carrying out the functions specified in subsection (b), the Institute shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that timely, actionable, and relevant expertise and information related to cyber and electronic crime and related threats is shared with State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

(d)

Equipment

The Institute may provide State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers with computer equipment, hardware, software, manuals, and tools necessary to conduct cyber and electronic crime and related threat investigations and computer and mobile device forensic examinations.

(e)

Electronic crime task forces

The Institute shall facilitate the expansion of the network of Electronic Crime Task Forces of the United States Secret Service through the addition of State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers educated and trained at the Institute.

(f)

Savings provision

All authorized activities and functions carried out by the Institute at any location as of the day before the date of the enactment of this section are authorized to continue to be carried out at any such location on and after such date.

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(b)

Funding

For each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022, amounts appropriated for United States Secret Service, Operations and Support, may be used to carry out this Act and the amendments made by this Act.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.) is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 821 the following new item:

Sec. 822. National Computer Forensics Institute.

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Passed the House of Representatives May 16, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.