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H.R. 549: Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 31, 2017 (Passed the House).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 549

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to clarify certain allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants and establish periods of performance for such grants, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act.

2.

Allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants

Subparagraph (A) of section 1406(b)(2) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (6 U.S.C. 1135(b)(2); Public Law 110–53) is amended by inserting and associated backfill after security training.

3.

Periods of performance for public transportation security assistance grants

Section 1406 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (6 U.S.C. 1135; Public Law 110–53) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (m) as subsection (n); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (l) the following new subsection:

(m)

Periods of performance

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), funds provided pursuant to a grant awarded under this section for a use specified in subsection (b) shall remain available for use by a grant recipient for a period of not fewer than 36 months.

(2)

Exception

Funds provided pursuant to a grant awarded under this section for a use specified in subparagraph (M) or (N) of subsection (b)(1) shall remain available for use by a grant recipient for a period of not fewer than 55 months.

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4.

GAO review

(a)

In general

The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a review of the transit security grant program under section 1406 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (6 U.S.C. 1135; Public Law 110–53).

(b)

Scope

The review required under paragraph (1) shall include the following:

(1)

An assessment of the type of projects funded under the transit security grant program referred to in such paragraph.

(2)

An assessment of the manner in which such projects address threats to transportation infrastructure.

(3)

An assessment of the impact, if any, of this Act (including the amendments made by this Act) on types of projects funded under the transit security grant program.

(4)

An assessment of the management and administration of transit security grant program funds by grantees.

(5)

Recommendations to improve the manner in which transit security grant program funds address vulnerabilities in transportation infrastructure.

(6)

Recommendations to improve the management and administration of the transit security grant program.

(c)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act and again not later than 5 years after such date of enactment, the Comptroller General shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the review required under this section.

Passed the House of Representatives January 31, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.