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H.R. 4028: Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 21, 2021 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4028

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 21, 2021

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

AN ACT

To require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to report on and develop a whole-of-Government strategy with respect to the economic competitiveness of the information and communication technology supply chain, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act.

2.

Economic competitiveness of information and communication technology supply chain

(a)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the information and communication technology supply chain that—

(1)

identifies—

(A)

information and communication technology critical to the economic competitiveness of the United States; and

(B)

the industrial capacity of—

(i)

United States vendors that produce information and communication technology identified under subparagraph (A); and

(ii)

trusted information and communication technology vendors that produce information and communication technology identified under subparagraph (A);

(2)

assesses the economic competitiveness of vendors described under paragraph (1)(B);

(3)

assesses whether, and to what extent, there is a dependence by providers of advanced telecommunications capability in the United States on information and communication technology identified under paragraph (1)(A) that is not trusted;

(4)

identifies—

(A)

what actions by the Federal Government are needed to support, and bolster the economic competitiveness of, trusted information and communication technology vendors; and

(B)

what Federal resources are needed to reduce dependence by providers of advanced telecommunications capability in the United States on companies that—

(i)

produce information and communication technology; and

(ii)

are not trusted; and

(5)

defines lines of effort and assigns responsibilities for a whole-of-Government response to ensuring the competitiveness of the information and communication technology supply chain in the United States.

(b)

Whole-of-Government strategy

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall develop, on the basis of the report required by subsection (a), a whole-of-Government strategy to ensure the economic competitiveness of trusted information and communication technology vendors that includes—

(A)

recommendations on how—

(i)

to strengthen the structure, resources, and authorities of the Federal Government to support the economic competitiveness of trusted information and communication technology vendors, including United States vendors that are trusted information and communication technology vendors; and

(ii)

the Federal Government can address any barriers to a market-based solution for increasing the economic competitiveness of such information and communication technology vendors;

(B)

defined lines of effort and responsibilities for Federal agencies to implement the strategy; and

(C)

a description of—

(i)

any change to a Federal program, Federal law, or structure of the Federal Government necessary to implement any recommendation under subparagraph (A); and

(ii)

any additional Federal resource necessary to implement any recommendation under subparagraph (A).

(2)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the submission of the report required by subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report containing the strategy developed under paragraph (1).

(c)

Consultation required

In carrying out subsections (a) and (b), the Secretary shall consult with—

(1)

a cross-section of trusted information and communication technology vendors; and

(2)

the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission and any other head of an agency the Secretary determines necessary.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Advanced telecommunications capability

The term advanced telecommunications capability has the meaning given that term in section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C. 1302).

(2)

Information and communication technology supply chain

The term information and communication technology supply chain means all of the companies that produce information and communication technology.

(3)

Information and communication technology

The term information and communication technology means a technology (including software), component, or material that enables communications by radio or wire.

(4)

Not trusted

The term not trusted means, with respect to a company or information and communication technology, that the company or information and communication technology is determined by the Secretary to pose an unacceptable risk to national security of the United States, or the security and safety of the United States persons based solely on one or more determination described under paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 2(c) of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (Public Law 116–124).

(5)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.

(6)

Trusted

The term trusted means, with respect to a company, that the Secretary has not determined that the company is not trusted.

(7)

Trusted information and communication technology vendor

The term trusted information and communication technology vendor means a company—

(A)

that produces information and communication technology; and

(B)

that is trusted.

Passed the House of Representatives October 20, 2021.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk