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H.R. 1850: Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 20, 2021 (Passed the House).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1850

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 relating to the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act.

2.

National Urban Security Technology Laboratory

(a)

In general

Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

322.

National Urban Security Technology Laboratory

(a)

In general

The Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Science and Technology, shall designate the laboratory described in subsection (b) as an additional laboratory pursuant to the authority under section 308(c)(2). Such laboratory shall be used to test and evaluate emerging technologies and conduct research and development to assist emergency response providers in preparing for, and protecting against, threats of terrorism.

(b)

Laboratory described

The laboratory described in this subsection is the laboratory—

(1)

known, as of the date of the enactment of this section, as the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory; and

(2)

transferred to the Department pursuant to section 303(1)(E).

(c)

Laboratory activities

The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory shall—

(1)

conduct tests, evaluations, and assessments of current and emerging technologies, including, as appropriate, the cybersecurity of such technologies that can connect to the internet, for emergency response providers;

(2)

act as a technical advisor to emergency response providers; and

(3)

carry out other such activities as the Secretary determines appropriate.

(d)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section may be construed as affecting in any manner the authorities or responsibilities of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office of the Department.

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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 321 the following new item:

Sec. 322. National Urban Security Technology Laboratory.

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Passed the House of Representatives July 20, 2021.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk.