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H.R. 2627 (115th): Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 24, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2627

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 24, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Vela, Mr. McCaul, and Mr. Katko) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To authorize the development of open-source software based on certain systems of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State to facilitate the vetting of travelers against terrorist watchlists and law enforcement databases, enhance border management, and improve targeting and analysis, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act.

2.

Open-source screening software

(a)

In general

Subject to subsection (c), the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State—

(1)

are authorized to develop open-source software based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s global travel targeting and analysis systems and the Department of State’s watchlisting, identification, and screening systems in order to facilitate the vetting of travelers against terrorist watchlists and law enforcement databases, enhance border management, and improve targeting and analysis; and

(2)

may make such software and any related technical assistance or training available to foreign governments or multilateral organizations for such purposes.

(b)

Report to Congress

Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of State shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a plan to implement subsection (a).

(c)

Provision of software and congressional notification

Not later than 15 days before the open-source software described in subsection (a) is made available to foreign governments or multilateral organizations pursuant to such subsection, the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Director of National Intelligence, shall—

(1)

certify to the appropriate congressional committees that such availability is in the national security interests of the United States; and

(2)

provide to such committees information on how such software or any related technical assistance or training will be made available.

(d)

Rule of construction

The authority provided under this section shall be exercised in accordance with applicable provisions of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.), the Export Administration Regulations, or any other similar provision of law.

(e)

No additional funds authorized

No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized.

(f)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Appropriate congressional committees

The term appropriate congressional committees means—

(A)

in the House of Representatives—

(i)

the Committee on Homeland Security; and

(ii)

the Committee on Foreign Affairs; and

(B)

in the Senate—

(i)

the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and

(ii)

the Committee on Foreign Relations.

(2)

Export Administration Regulations

The term Export Administration Regulations means—

(A)

the Export Administration Regulations as maintained and amended under the authority of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) and codified in subchapter C of chapter VII of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations; or

(B)

any successor regulations.

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