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H.R. 1494: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1494

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 5, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Ms. Norton, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Richmond, Mr. Cleaver, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Green of Texas, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Payne, Ms. Lee of California, Mrs. Beatty, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Adams, Ms. Bass, Mr. Clyburn, and Mr. Johnson of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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

A BILL

To strengthen partnerships between historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions and the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act.

2.

Department-wide strategy for enhanced partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans of the Department, shall—

(1)

issue a Department-wide strategy to enhance partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions that includes yearly goals through fiscal year 2024; and

(2)

require the head of each component of the Department to—

(A)

not later than 150 days after the date of the issuance under paragraph (1) of the Department-wide strategy, develop a component-specific action plan to implement such strategy;

(B)

monitor progress on such implementation; and

(C)

not later than one year after the date of such issuance, report to the Secretary regarding progress on such implementation.

3.

Enhancement of research and development partnerships

The Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the Department shall seek to enhance partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions with respect to administering the primary research and development activities of the Department by, among other things—

(1)

encouraging the participation of such colleges, universities, and institutions in the research, development, testing, and evaluation programs and activities of the Department;

(2)

facilitating partnerships between such colleges, universities, and institutions and private sector stakeholders, national laboratories, and other academic institutions in areas important to homeland security; and

(3)

distributing funds through Science and Technology Directorate grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to such colleges, universities, and institutions for enhancements in areas important to homeland security.

4.

Career opportunities partnerships

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Chief Human Capitol Officer of the Department, shall make available to historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions a current list of internship, fellowship, scholarship, and recruitment opportunities within the Department for students and recent graduates of such colleges, universities, and institutions.

5.

Opportunities for 8(a) program partnerships

(a)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall publish eligibility criteria on how historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions may qualify to participate in Federal acquisitions authorized pursuant to section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a); Public Law 85–536).

(b)

Department actions

Upon publication of eligibility criteria in accordance with subsection (a), the Secretary shall disseminate information to historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions regarding—

(1)

how to establish such eligibility; and

(2)

current and future opportunities to participate in Federal acquisitions authorized pursuant to section 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

6.

Annual report

(a)

Annual report

Not later than December 31, 2020, and annually thereafter through 2026, the Secretary 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 efforts of the Department to partner with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions to carry out this Act.

(b)

Reporting requirements

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

(1)

A list of awards, including the corresponding monetary value for each such award, to historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions, disaggregated by grant, contract, cooperative agreement, and other research development test and evaluation activity, initiative, and program.

(2)

A description of how the Department is partnering with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions under the programs referred to in sections 3 and 5, and how such programs have helped such colleges, universities, and institutions participate in acquisitions with the Department.

(3)

A summary of outreach efforts to historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions, and an identification of any Department programs and initiatives in which such colleges, universities, and institutions are under-represented among institutions of higher education.

(4)

A description of the status of efforts made by the Department pursuant to sections 2 and 4, including—

(A)

for section 2, Department-wide goals pursuant to the Department-wide strategy to enhance partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions under such section, and the status of efforts to implement action plans throughout the Department to carry out such strategy; and

(B)

for section 4, participation rates in each internship, fellowship, scholarship, and recruitment opportunity referred to in such section, listed by historically Black college and university and minority-serving institution so participating.

7.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Department

The term Department means the Department of Homeland Security.

(2)

Historically Black colleges and universities

The term historically Black colleges and universities means a part B institution described in section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1061(2)).

(3)

Institution of higher education

The term institution of higher education has the meaning given such term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001).

(4)

Minority-serving institutions

The term minority-serving institutions means an institution of higher education described in section 371(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067q(a)).

(5)

Secretary

The term Secretary means Secretary of Homeland Security.