H.R. 3859, HSA Technical Corrections Act, as amended

H.R. 3859

HSA Technical Corrections Act, as amended

December 8, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 3859, the HSA Technical Corrections Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 3859 was introduced on October 29, 2015 by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on November 4, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3859 makes technical corrections to the Homeland Security Act (HSA) of 2002.


Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress passed the HSA, the organizing document of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “to enhance the ability of the federal government to prevent future acts of domestic terrorism.”[1] The law “marked one of the most dramatic reorganizations of the federal government in decades and introduced a number of new offices and reporting requirements.”[2]  In the years since its passage, agencies have changed names, roles and responsibilities have shifted, and a number of the required reports have been completed. H.R. 3859

updates the HSA to ensure it more accurately reflects the current organization and mission of DHS and allows Congress to conduct more effective oversight of the Department.

[1] See House Report 114-333 at 2.
[2] Id.


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 3859 would have no significant cost to the federal government.  Because enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.