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H.R. 1540: REPORT Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 5, 2022 (Passed the House).


I

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1540

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To provide for joint reports by relevant Federal agencies to Congress regarding incidents of terrorism, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism Act of 2021 or the REPORT Act.

2.

Duty to report

(a)

In general

Whenever an act of terrorism occurs in the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and, as appropriate, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees, by not later than one year after the completion of the investigation concerning such act by the primary Government agency conducting such investigation, an unclassified report (which may be accompanied by a classified annex) concerning such act.

(b)

Content of reports

A report under this section shall—

(1)

include a statement of the facts of the act of terrorism referred to in subsection (a), as known at the time of the report;

(2)

identify any gaps in homeland or national security that could be addressed to prevent future acts of terrorism; and

(3)

include any recommendations for additional measures that could be taken to improve homeland or national security, including recommendations relating to potential changes in law enforcement practices or changes in law, with particular attention to changes that could help prevent future acts of terrorism.

(c)

Exception

(1)

In general

If the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or, as appropriate, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center determines any information described in subsection (b) required to be reported in accordance with subsection (a) could jeopardize an ongoing investigation or prosecution, the Secretary, Attorney General, Director, or head, as the case may be—

(A)

may withhold from reporting such information; and

(B)

shall notify the appropriate congressional committees of such determination.

(2)

Saving provision

Withholding of information pursuant to a determination under paragraph (1) shall not affect in any manner the responsibility to submit a report required under subsection (a) containing other information described in subsection (b) not subject to such determination.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Act of terrorism

The term act of terrorism has the meaning given such term in section 3077 of title 18, United States Code.

(2)

Appropriate congressional committees

The term appropriate congressional committees means—

(A)

in the House of Representatives—

(i)

the Committee on Homeland Security;

(ii)

the Committee on the Judiciary; and

(iii)

the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and

(B)

in the Senate—

(i)

the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs;

(ii)

the Committee on the Judiciary; and

(iii)

the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Passed the House of Representatives April 5, 2022.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk.