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H.R. 7496 (116th): COVID PREPARE Act of 2020

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 30, 2020 (Passed the House).



2d Session

H. R. 7496



To require Federal agencies to submit plans for responding to any resurgence of COVID–19, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the COVID Preparedness, Response, and Effective Planning for Advanced Requirements by the Executive Branch Act of 2020 or the COVID PREPARE Act of 2020.


Covid–19 resurgence plan


In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of each agency shall submit to Congress an initial report detailing an action plan, informed by research and best practices learned from the onset of COVID–19 and previous presidentially declared emergencies, for addressing the needs and mitigating and eliminating the risks and challenges associated with any resurgence in COVID–19 cases, that includes—


agency priorities for preparing for and responding to any resurgence of COVID–19, including continuity of operations and fulfilling the mission of the agency;


measurable goals specific to priorities and a time line for addressing each priority;


anticipated challenges to addressing priorities and how the agency will address such challenges;


how the agency will consult with Congress, the public, State and municipal governments, and relevant stakeholders while working remotely; and


how the agency plans to issue relevant guidance to entities under the jurisdiction of the agency.


Subsequent reports

Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and quarterly thereafter until the President ends the declared emergency, the head of each agency shall submit to Congress a report that provides an update of the details submitted in the plan under subsection (a), including—


the status of each priority;


an explanation for any goal that has not been met within the specified time frame; and


any changes or updates to the plan.



In this section:



The term agency has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code.



The term State means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, each commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States, and each federally recognized Indian Tribe.


Determination of Budgetary Effects

The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

Passed the House of Representatives September 30, 2020.

Cheryl L. Johnson,