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H.R. 2454 (115th): Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 12, 2017 (Passed the House).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2454

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a data framework to provide access for appropriate personnel to law enforcement and other information of the Department, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017.

2.

Department of Homeland Security data framework

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall develop a data framework to integrate existing Department of Homeland Security datasets and systems, as appropriate, for access by authorized personnel in a manner consistent with relevant legal authorities and privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies and protections. In developing such framework, the Secretary shall ensure, in accordance with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, the following information is included:

(1)

All information acquired, held, or obtained by an office or component of the Department that falls within the scope of the information sharing environment, including homeland security information, terrorism information, weapons of mass destruction information, and national intelligence.

(2)

Any information or intelligence relevant to priority mission needs and capability requirements of the homeland security enterprise, as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(b)

Data framework access

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that the data framework required under this section is accessible to employees of the Department of Homeland Security who the Secretary determines—

(A)

have an appropriate security clearance;

(B)

are assigned to perform a function that requires access to information in such framework; and

(C)

are trained in applicable standards for safeguarding and using such information.

(2)

Guidance

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall—

(A)

issue guidance for Department of Homeland Security employees authorized to access and contribute to the data framework pursuant to paragraph (1); and

(B)

ensure that such guidance enforces a duty to share between offices and components of the Department when accessing or contributing to such framework for mission needs.

(3)

Efficiency

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall promulgate data standards and instruct components of the Department of Homeland Security to make available information through the data framework under this section in a machine-readable format, to the greatest extent practicable.

(c)

Exclusion of information

The Secretary of Homeland Security may exclude from the data framework information that the Secretary determines access to or the confirmation of the existence of could—

(1)

jeopardize the protection of sources, methods, or activities;

(2)

compromise a criminal or national security investigation;

(3)

be inconsistent with the other Federal laws or regulations; or

(4)

be duplicative or not serve an operational purpose if included in such framework.

(d)

Safeguards

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall incorporate into the data framework systems capabilities for auditing and ensuring the security of information included in such framework. Such capabilities shall include the following:

(1)

Mechanisms for identifying insider threats.

(2)

Mechanisms for identifying security risks.

(3)

Safeguards for privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

(e)

Deadline for implementation

Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure the data framework required under this section has the ability to include appropriate information in existence within the Department of Homeland Security to meet its critical mission operations.

(f)

Notice to Congress

(1)

Operational notification

Not later than 60 days after the date on which the data framework required under this section is fully operational, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide notice to the appropriate congressional committees of such.

(2)

Regular status

The Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees regular updates on the status of the data framework required under this section, including, when applicable, the use of such data framework to support classified operations.

(g)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Appropriate congressional committees

The term appropriate congressional committees has the meaning given the term appropriate congressional committee in section 2(2) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101(2)).

(2)

National intelligence

The term national intelligence has the meaning given such term in section 3(5) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003(5)).

Passed the House of Representatives September 12, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.