H.R. 2719: Transportation Acquisition Security Reform Act

H.R. 2719

Transportation Acquisition Security Reform Act

December 3, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 2719, the Transportation Acquisition Security Reform Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on July 18, 2013 by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2719 amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and transmit to Congress a strategic multi-year technology investment plan.  The plan may include a classified addendum to report sensitive transportation security risks, technological vulnerabilities, or other sensitive security information.  Moreover, this legislation directs the Administrator to, before implementing any security-related technology acquisition, conduct a comprehensive analysis to determine whether the acquisition is justified.  This includes a requirement that the Administrator submit a report to Congress (30 days before the award of a contract for acquisitions exceeding $30 million) justifying the contract’s cost.

This legislation also directs the TSA to: (1) establish performance-based requirements before security-related technology acquisition; (2) assess each acquisition engaging in meeting these requirements; and (3) submit a report to Congress.  Moreover, the Administrator is directed to utilize any existing units in the Administration’s inventory before procuring additional quantities of equipment required to fulfill a mission need.

H.R. 2719 further directs the Administrator to submit a report, 90 days after enactment of this legislation, to submit a report that evaluates TSA’s goals for prime contracting with small and disadvantaged businesses.  Finally, this legislation requires the Comptroller General to evaluate and report to Congress on the TSA’s progress in implementing this legislation, one year after enactment.


CBO estimates that this legislation “would not impose any new significant costs on the agency,” and that any increased costs to the GAO, “would be negligible, assuming the availability of appropriated funds.”[1]   

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.