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H.R. 4567 (115th): DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 6, 2017 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4567 seeks to build on existing requirements for an updated strategy for Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) overseas footprint, while identifying barriers to information sharing and collaboration among DHS components and other partner entities.

Specifically, the bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to brief the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate on personnel with primary duties that take place outside the United States. Additionally, the bill requires the Secretary to submit a plan to enhance the effectiveness of personnel at foreign locations to the respective committees.

While the role of DHS personnel stationed …


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4567

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 6, 2017

(for himself, Mr. McCaul, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Vela, and Ms. Meng) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To require a Department of Homeland Security overseas personnel enhancement plan, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017.

2.

Overseas personnel briefing

(a)

In general

Not later than 90 days after submission of the comprehensive three-year strategy required under section 1910 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall brief the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate regarding Department of Homeland Security personnel with primary duties that take place outside of the United States.

(b)

Requirements

The briefing required under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A detailed summary of each type of personnel position with primary duties that take place outside of the United States and how each such position contributes to the Department of Homeland Security’s counterterrorism mission.

(2)

Information related to how the geographic and regional placement of such positions contributes to the Department’s counterterrorism mission.

(3)

Information related to the position-specific training received by such personnel before and during placement at a foreign location.

(4)

Challenges that may impede the communication of counterterrorism information between Department personnel at foreign locations and Department entities in the United States, including technical, resource, and administrative challenges.

3.

Overseas personnel enhancement plan

(a)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the briefing required under section 2, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a plan to enhance the effectiveness of Department of Homeland Security personnel at foreign locations.

(b)

Plan requirements

The plan referred to in subsection (a) shall include proposals to—

(1)

improve efforts of Department of Homeland Security personnel at foreign locations, as necessary, for purposes of providing foreign partner capacity development and furthering the Department’s counterterrorism mission;

(2)

as appropriate, redeploy Department personnel to respond to changing threats to the United States;

(3)

enhance collaboration among Department personnel at foreign locations, other Federal personnel at foreign locations, and foreign partners; and

(4)

improve the communication of counterterrorism information between Department personnel at foreign locations and Department entities in the United States, including to address technical, resource, and administrative challenges.