Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719, Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

H.R. 2719 - Senate Amendment

Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

Date
December 10, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the House will consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2719 was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on July 18, 2013 and was referred to the House Homeland Security Committee.[1]  The bill passed in the House on December 3, 2013 by a vote of 416-0.

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[1] House Committee Report 113-275.

Bill Summary

The Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719 directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator to develop a strategic five-year technology investment plan.  The plan should leverage the private sector to the extent possible.  Two years after the plan is submitted, and biennially thereafter, the Administrator is required to send an updated plan to Congress, along with a report on the extent to which the security-related technology acquired is consistent with the acquisition needs previously identified.

Before acquiring any security-related technology, the Administrator must conduct an analysis to determine whether the acquisition is justified.  The bill requires that the Administrator, at least thirty days before awarding security-related technology exceeding $30 million, submit to relevant congressional committees (1) the acquisition justification mentioned above; and (2) a certification that the transportation benefits justify the contract cost.

Before procuring new equipment, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719 requires TSA to utilize existing inventory to meet the need.  The Administrator must also establish a process for tracking and managing security-related equipment, and must implement internal controls to ensure up-to-date accurate data on security-related technology.  In addition, before TSA acquires any security-related technology, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719 requires the appropriate acquisition official to establish and document formal baseline requirements.  Within ninety days of the bill’s enactment and annually thereafter, the Administrator must report to Congress on TSA’s record with respect to meeting its small-business contracting goals during the preceding fiscal year.

The bill requires GAO to evaluate (1) TSA’s implementation of GAO recommendations on the security-related technology acquisition; (2) TSA’s progress in implementing the improvements required by the bill; and (3) TSA’s process for testing and evaluating security-related technology.

The Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719 provides that no additional funds are authorized to be appropriated.

Cost

According to CBO cost estimates, implementing the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2719 will not significantly impact the federal budget. In addition, the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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