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H.R. 6742 (115th): Secure Border Communications Act


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 25, 2018 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 751

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6742

[Report No. 115–963, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 7, 2018

(for himself and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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

September 25, 2018

Reported from the Committee on Homeland Security

September 25, 2018

Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that appropriate officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are equipped with secure radios or other two-way communication devices, supported by system interoperability, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Secure Border Communications Act.

2.

Secure border communications

(a)

In general

Subtitle B of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

420.

Secure border communications

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall ensure that each U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer or agent, if appropriate, is equipped with a secure radio or other two-way communication device, supported by system interoperability, that allows each such officer or agent to communicate—

(1)

between ports of entry and inspection stations; and

(2)

with other Federal, State, Tribal, and local law enforcement entities.

(b)

U.S. Border Patrol agents

The Secretary shall ensure that each U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned or required to patrol in remote mission critical locations, and at border checkpoints, has a multi- or dual-band encrypted portable radio.

(c)

Commercial mobile broadband connectivity

In carrying out subsection (b), the Secretary shall acquire radios or other devices with the option to connect to appropriate commercial mobile broadband networks for deployment in areas where such networks enhance operations and are cost effective.

(d)

Emerging communications technologies considered

In carrying out this section, the Secretary may evaluate new or emerging communications technologies to determine their suitability for the unique conditions of border security operations.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 419 the following new item:

Sec. 420. Secure border communications.

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September 25, 2018

Reported from the Committee on Homeland Security

September 25, 2018

Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed