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H.R. 4091: ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 30, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4091

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2019

(for herself and Mr. Lamb) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

A BILL

To amend the America COMPETES Act to reauthorize the ARPA–E program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019.

2.

ARPA–E amendments

(a)

Establishment

Section 5012(b) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(b)) is amended by striking development of energy technologies and inserting development of transformative science and technology solutions to address the energy and environmental missions of the Department.

(b)

Goals

Section 5012(c) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(c)) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (1)(A) and inserting the following:

(A)

to enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that—

(i)

reduce imports of energy from foreign sources;

(ii)

reduce energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases;

(iii)

improve the energy efficiency of all economic sectors;

(iv)

provide transformative solutions to improve the management, clean-up, and disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel; and

(v)

improve the resilience, reliability, and security of infrastructure to produce, deliver, and store energy; and

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking energy technology projects and inserting advanced technology projects.

(c)

Responsibilities

Section 5012(e)(3)(A) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(e)(3)(A)) is amended by striking energy.

(d)

Reports and roadmaps

Section 5012(h) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(h)) is amended to read as follows:

(h)

Reports and roadmaps

(1)

Annual report

As part of the annual budget request submitted for each fiscal year, the Director shall provide to the relevant authorizing and appropriations committees of Congress a report describing—

(A)

projects supported by ARPA–E during the previous fiscal year; and

(B)

current, proposed, and planned projects to be carried out pursuant to subsection (e)(3)(D).

(2)

Strategic vision roadmap

Not later than October 1, 2021, and every four years thereafter, the Director shall provide to the relevant authorizing and appropriations committees of Congress a roadmap describing the strategic vision that ARPA–E will use to guide the choices of ARPA–E for future technology investments over the following 4 fiscal years.

.

(e)

Evaluation

Section 5012(l) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(l)) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of the ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019, the Secretary is authorized to enter into a contract with the National Academy of Sciences under which the National Academy shall conduct an evaluation of how well ARPA–E is achieving the goals and mission of ARPA–E.

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking shall and inserting may; and

(B)

in subparagraph (A), by striking the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences and inserting a recommendation.

(f)

Authorization of appropriations

Paragraph (2) of section 5012(o) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(o)) is amended to read as follows:

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

Subject to paragraph (4), there are authorized to be appropriated to the Director for deposit in the Fund, without fiscal year limitation—

(A)

$428,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;

(B)

$550,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;

(C)

$675,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;

(D)

$825,000,000 for fiscal year 2023; and

(E)

$1,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.

.

(g)

Technical amendments

Section 5012 of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (g)(3)(A)(iii), by striking subpart each place it appears and inserting subparagraph; and

(2)

in subsection (o)(4)(B), by striking (c)(2)(D) and inserting (c)(2)(C).