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H.R. 1895: Transportation Security Public Health Threat Preparedness Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 16, 2021 (Preprint (Suspension)).


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                                                                                                                            Union Calendar No. 13
                                                                       117TH CONGRESS
                                                                          1ST SESSION
                                                                                                             H. R. 1895
                                                                                                               [Report No. 117–26]

                                                                       To enhance the preparedness of the Transportation Security Administration
                                                                           for public health threats to the transportation security system of the
                                                                           United States, and for other purposes.




                                                                                     IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                               MARCH 16, 2021
                                                                              Mr. GIMENEZ           introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
                                                                                                       Committee on Homeland Security

                                                                                                     APRIL 30, 2021
                                                                        Additional sponsors: Mrs. WATSON COLEMAN, Mr. KATKO, and Mrs. MILLER-
                                                                                                         MEEKS

                                                                                                   APRIL 30, 2021
                                                                       Reported from the Committee on Homeland Security; committed to the Com-
                                                                           mittee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be
                                                                           printed
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2 A BILL To enhance the preparedness of the Transportation Security Administration for public health threats to the transpor- tation security system of the United States, and for other purposes. kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1895 RH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:47 Apr 30, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6652 E:\BILLS\H1895.RH H1895
3 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- 2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Transportation Secu- 5 rity Public Health Threat Preparedness Act of 2021’’. 6 SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. 7 For purposes of this Act: 8 (1) ADMINISTRATOR.—The term ‘‘Adminis- 9 trator’’ means the Administrator of the Transpor- 10 tation Security Administration. 11 (2) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMIT- 12 TEES.—The term ‘‘appropriate congressional com- 13 mittees’’ means— 14 (A) the Committee on Homeland Security 15 of the House of Representatives; and 16 (B) the Committee on Homeland Security 17 and Governmental Affairs and the Committee 18 on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of 19 the Senate. 20 (3) DEPARTMENT.—The term ‘‘Department’’ 21 means the Department of Homeland Security. 22 (4) STERILE AREA.—The term ‘‘sterile area’’ 23 has the meaning given such term in section 1540.5 24 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations. kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1895 RH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:47 Apr 30, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1895.RH H1895
4 1 (5) TSA.—The term ‘‘TSA’’ means the Trans- 2 portation Security Administration. 3 SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF TSA PERSONNEL DETAILS. 4 (a) COORDINATION.—Pursuant to sections 106(m) 5 and 114(m) of title 49, United States Code, the Adminis- 6 trator may provide TSA personnel, who are not engaged 7 in front line transportation security efforts, to other com- 8 ponents of the Department and other Federal agencies to 9 improve coordination with such components and agencies 10 to prepare for, protect against, and respond to public 11 health threats to the transportation security system of the 12 United States. 13 (b) BRIEFING.—Not later than 180 days after the 14 date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall 15 brief the appropriate congressional committees regarding 16 efforts to improve coordination with other components of 17 the Department and other Federal agencies to prepare for, 18 protect against, and respond to public health threats to 19 the transportation security system of the United States. 20 SEC. 4. TSA PREPAREDNESS. 21 (a) ANALYSIS.— 22 (1) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator shall con- 23 duct an analysis of preparedness of the transpor- 24 tation security system of the United States for pub- kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1895 RH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:47 Apr 30, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1895.RH H1895
5 1 lic health threats. Such analysis shall assess, at a 2 minimum, the following: 3 (A) The risks of public health threats to 4 the transportation security system of the 5 United States, including to transportation hubs, 6 transportation security stakeholders, TSA per- 7 sonnel, and passengers. 8 (B) Information sharing challenges among 9 relevant components of the Department, other 10 Federal agencies, international entities, and 11 transportation security stakeholders. 12 (C) Impacts to TSA policies and proce- 13 dures for securing the transportation security 14 system. 15 (2) COORDINATION.—The analysis conducted of 16 the risks described in paragraph (1)(A) shall be con- 17 ducted in coordination with the Chief Medical Offi- 18 cer of the Department of Homeland Security, the 19 Secretary of Health and Human Services, and trans- 20 portation security stakeholders. 21 (b) BRIEFING.—Not later than 180 days after the 22 date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall 23 brief the appropriate congressional committees on the fol- 24 lowing: kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS 25 (1) The analysis required under subsection (a). •HR 1895 RH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:47 Apr 30, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1895.RH H1895
6 1 (2) Technologies necessary to combat public 2 health threats at security screening checkpoints to 3 better protect from future public health threats TSA 4 personnel, passengers, aviation workers, and other 5 personnel authorized to access the sterile area of an 6 airport through such checkpoints, and the estimated 7 cost of technology investments needed to fully imple- 8 ment across the aviation system solutions to such 9 threats. 10 (3) Policies and procedures implemented by 11 TSA and transportation security stakeholders to 12 protect from public health threats TSA personnel, 13 passengers, aviation workers, and other personnel 14 authorized to access the sterile area through the se- 15 curity screening checkpoints, as well as future plans 16 for additional measures relating to such protection. 17 (4) The role of TSA in establishing priorities, 18 developing solutions, and coordinating and sharing 19 information with relevant domestic and international 20 entities during a public health threat to the trans- 21 portation security system, and how TSA can im- 22 prove its leadership role in such areas. kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1895 RH VerDate Sep 11 2014 22:47 Apr 30, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1895.RH H1895
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Union Calendar No. 13 117TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R. 1895 [Report No. 117–26] H1895 A BILL E:\BILLS\H1895.RH To enhance the preparedness of the Transportation Security Administration for public health threats to the transportation security system of the United States, and for other purposes. Sfmt 6651 APRIL 30, 2021 Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the Fmt 6651 State of the Union and ordered to be printed Frm 00008 PO 00000 Jkt 019200 22:47 Apr 30, 2021 VerDate Sep 11 2014 kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS