H.R. 5762 authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a Joint Task Force to better coordinate the interdiction of illicit fentanyl and other opioids entering the United States. Specifically, the legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance the integration of the Department’s border security operations to “detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States.” The legislation also authorizes the Department to engage the private sector in carrying out the mission of the Task Force.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 19, 2018.
Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a joint task force to enhance DHS border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States. The task force may coordinate with: (1) the private sector, which may include a two-year assignment of a private sector employee to a task force; and (2) other federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, or international task forces and entities.
(Sec. 3) DHS shall determine whether to establish the task force and notify Congress of its determination within 90 days.