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H.R. 687: First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 24, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 687

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, and Mr. Donovan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a process to review applications for certain grants to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed any applicable national voluntary consensus standards, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act.

2.

Approval of certain equipment

(a)

In general

Section 2008 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 609) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (f)—

(A)

by striking If an applicant and inserting the following:

(1)

Application requirement

If an applicant

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(2)

Review process

The Administrator shall implement a uniform process for reviewing applications that, in accordance with paragraph (1), contain explanations to use grants provided under section 2003 or 2004 to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed any applicable national voluntary consensus standards developed under section 647 of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006.

(3)

Factors

In carrying out the review process under paragraph (2), the Administrator shall consider the following:

(A)

Current or past use of proposed equipment or systems by Federal agencies or the Armed Forces.

(B)

The absence of a national voluntary consensus standard for such equipment or systems.

(C)

The existence of an international consensus standard for such equipment or systems, and whether such equipment or systems meets such standard.

(D)

The nature of the capability gap identified by the applicant and how such equipment or systems will address such gap.

(E)

The degree to which such equipment or systems will serve the needs of the applicant better than equipment or systems that meet or exceed existing consensus standards.

(F)

Any other factor determined appropriate by the Administrator.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(g)

Review process

The Administrator shall implement a uniform process for reviewing applications to use grants provided under section 2003 or 2004 to purchase equipment or systems not included on the Authorized Equipment List maintained by the Administrator.

.

(b)

Inspector General report

Not later than three years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security 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 assessing the implementation of the review process established under paragraph (2) of subsection (f) of section 2008 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by subsection (a) of this section), including information on the following:

(1)

The number of requests to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed any applicable consensus standard evaluated under such review process.

(2)

The capability gaps identified by applicants and the number of such requests granted or denied.

(3)

The processing time for the review of such requests.