CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the House will consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1204, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2014, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 1204 was introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on March 14, 2013 and was referred to the House Homeland Security Committee. The bill passed in the House on December 3, 2013 by a vote of 411-3.
 House Committee Report 113-278.
 Legislative Digest, H.R. 1204, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013.
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 1204 directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (TSA) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) to consult on aviation security matters. The Advisory Committee must develop recommendations for improving aviation security. In addition to submitting periodic reports on matters identified by the Assistant Secretary or a majority of the Advisory Committee’s members, the Advisory Committee is required to submit an annual report on its activities, findings, and recommendations for the preceding year. Within six months of receiving the report, the Assistant Secretary must publish a public version.
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 1204 requires that the Assistant Secretary, within ninety days of receiving the annual report, provide written feedback on each recommendation, an action plan to implement the recommendations with which the Assistant Secretary concurs, and a justification for rejecting any of the recommendations. Within thirty days of providing written feedback, the Assistant Secretary must notify Congress and provide a briefing upon request. Prior to briefing Congress, the Assistant Secretary must provide a report on the Advisory Committee’s recommendations.
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 1204 requires that the Advisory Committee be comprised of individuals representing no more than thirty-four member organizations. It must encompass a wide range of representatives, including air carriers, labor organizations representing employees of airport construction and maintenance contracts, the travel industry, airport-based business, businesses that conduct security screening operations at airports, and passenger advocacy groups. The bill provides that the Advisory Committee may establish subcommittees to address aviation security issues as needed; however, subcommittees must address the following issues: air cargo security, general aviation, perimeter access and control, and security technology. All subcommittees established by the Advisory Committee must consider risk-based security approaches that weigh the optimum balance of costs and benefits in transportation security.
According to CBO cost estimates, implementing the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1204 would have no significant additional cost. In addition, the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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