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H.R. 480: Homeland Threat Assessment Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 10, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 480


January 10, 2019

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


To require an annual homeland threat assessment, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Homeland Threat Assessment Act.


Annual homeland threat assessments


In general

Subtitle A of title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 121 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:


Homeland threat assessments


In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section and for each of the next five fiscal years (beginning in the fiscal year that begins after the date of the enactment of this section) the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, and using departmental information, including component information, and information provided through State and major urban area fusion centers, shall conduct an assessment of the terrorist threat to the homeland.



Each assessment under subsection (a) shall include the following:


Empirical data assessing terrorist activities and incidents over time in the United States, including terrorist activities and incidents planned or supported by persons outside of the United States targeting the homeland.


An evaluation of current terrorist tactics, as well as ongoing and possible future changes in terrorist tactics.


An assessment of criminal activity encountered or observed by officers or employees of components in the field which is suspected of financing terrorist activity.


Detailed information on all individuals denied entry to or removed from the United States as a result of material support provided to a foreign terrorist organization (as such term is used in section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189)).


The efficacy and spread of foreign terrorist organization propaganda, messaging, or recruitment.


An assessment of threats, including cyber threats, to the homeland, including to critical infrastructure and Federal civilian networks.


An assessment of current and potential terrorism and criminal threats posed by individuals and organized groups seeking to unlawfully enter the United States.


An assessment of threats to the transportation sector, including surface and aviation transportation systems.


Additional information

The assessments required under subsection (a)—


shall, to the extent practicable, utilize existing component data collected from the field; and


may incorporate relevant information and analysis from other agencies of the Federal Government, agencies of State and local governments (including law enforcement agencies), as well as the private sector, disseminated in accordance with standard information sharing procedures and policies.



The assessments required under subsection (a) shall be shared with the appropriate congressional committees and submitted in classified form, but—


shall include unclassified summaries; and


may include unclassified annexes, if appropriate.



Conforming amendment

Subsection (d) of section 201 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 121) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


To carry out section 210H (relating to homeland threat assessments).



Clerical amendment

The table of contents of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 210F the following new item:

Sec. 210H. Homeland threat assessments.