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H.R. 4176 (115th): Air Cargo Security Improvement Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 19, 2018 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 461

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4176

[Report No. 115–605]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 31, 2017

(for himself and Mrs. Watson Coleman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

March 19, 2018

Additional sponsors: Mr. Correa and Ms. Wilson of Florida

March 19, 2018

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on October 31, 2017


A BILL

To strengthen air cargo security, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Strengthening Aviation Security Act of 2017.

2.

Use of risk-based strategies by Federal Air Marshal Service

(a)

In general

Subsection (a) of section 44917 of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (7), by striking and after the semicolon at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (8), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(9)

shall require the Federal Air Marshal Service to utilize a risk-based strategy when allocating resources between international and domestic flight coverage, including when initially setting its annual target numbers of average daily international and domestic flights to cover;

(10)

shall require the Federal Air Marshal Service to utilize a risk-based strategy to support domestic allocation decisions;

(11)

shall require the Federal Air Marshal Service to utilize a risk-based strategy to support international allocation decisions; and

(12)

shall ensure that the seating arrangements of Federal air marshals on aircraft are determined in a manner that is risk-based and most capable of responding to current threats to aviation security.

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(b)

Report

Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that describes the compliance of the Federal Air Marshal Service with the requirements specified in paragraphs (9) through (12) of subsection (a) of section 44917 of title 49, United States Code, as added by this Act, and the documented methodology used by the Federal Air Marshal Service to conduct risk assessments in accordance with such paragraphs.

(c)

Effective date

The Transportation Security Administration shall begin carrying out the requirements specified in paragraphs (9) through (12) of subsection (a) of section 44917, United States Code, added by this Act, by not later than the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

March 19, 2018

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed