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H.R. 1589: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 28, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 10

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1589

[Report No. 116–24]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2019

(for himself and Mr. King of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

March 28, 2019

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 7, 2019


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2019.

2.

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing

(a)

In general

Subtitle A of title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 121 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 210E the following new section:

210F.

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing

(a)

In general

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security shall—

(1)

support homeland security-focused intelligence analysis of terrorist actors, their claims, and their plans to conduct attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials against the United States, including critical infrastructure;

(2)

support homeland security-focused intelligence analysis of global infectious disease, public health, food, agricultural, and veterinary issues;

(3)

support homeland security-focused risk analysis and risk assessments of the homeland security hazards described in paragraphs (1) and (2), including the transportation of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological materials, by providing relevant quantitative and nonquantitative threat information;

(4)

leverage existing and emerging homeland security intelligence capabilities and structures to enhance early detection, prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts with respect to a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack;

(5)

share information and provide tailored analytical support on such threats to State, local, Tribal, and territorial authorities, and other Federal agencies, as well as relevant national biosecurity and biodefense stakeholders, as appropriate; and

(6)

perform other responsibilities, as assigned by the Secretary.

(b)

Coordination

Where appropriate, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis shall coordinate with other relevant Department components, including the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office and the National Biosurveillance Integration Center, agencies within the intelligence community, including the National Counter Proliferation Center, and other Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial authorities, including officials from high-threat urban areas, State and major urban area fusion centers, and local public health departments, as appropriate, and enable such entities to provide recommendations on optimal information sharing mechanisms, including expeditious sharing of classified information, and on how such entities can provide information to the Department.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Intelligence community

The term intelligence community has the meaning given such term in section 3(4) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003(4)).

(2)

National biosecurity and biodefense stakeholders

The term national biosecurity and biodefense stakeholders means officials from Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial authorities and individuals from the private sector who are involved in efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from a biological attack or other phenomena that may have serious health consequences for the United States, including infectious disease outbreaks.

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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 210E the following new item:

Sec. 210F. Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing.

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(c)

Report

(1)

In general

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter for each of the following four years, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall report to the appropriate congressional committees on the following:

(A)

The intelligence and information sharing activities under section 210F of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by subsection (a) of this section) and of all relevant entities within the Department of Homeland Security to counter the threat from attacks using chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials.

(B)

The Department’s activities in accordance with relevant intelligence strategies.

(2)

Assessment of implementation

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

(A)

An assessment of the progress of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security in implementing such section 210F.

(B)

A description of the methods established to carry out such assessment.

(3)

Definition

In this subsection, the term appropriate congressional committees means the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and any committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate having legislative jurisdiction under the rules of the House of Representatives or Senate, respectively, over the matter concerned.

3.

Dissemination of information analyzed by the department to state, local, tribal, territorial, and private entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security

Paragraph (6) of section 201(d) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 121(d)) is amended by striking and to agencies of State and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting to State, local, tribal, territorial, and private entities with such responsibilities, and, as appropriate, to the public, in order to assist in preventing, deterring, or responding to acts of terrorism against the United States..

March 28, 2019

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed