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H.R. 4567 - DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017

Sponsor: John Katko (R)
Introduced: 2018-01-11
Bill Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 548.
 

DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), by 90 days after the submission of the 3-year strategy for DHS international programs required under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and every 180 days thereafter, to brief the congressional homeland security committees on DHS personnel with primary duties that take place outside of the United States.

The briefing shall include:

  • a detailed summary of each type of personnel position with such duties and how each such position contributes to DHS's counterterrorism mission,
  • information related to how the geographic and regional placement of such positions contributes to such mission,
  • information related to the position-specific training received by such personnel before and during placement at a foreign location,
  • challenges that may impede the communication of counterterrorism information between DHS personnel at foreign locations and DHS entities in the United States,
  • the status of efforts to implement the three-year strategy for DHS international programs, and
  • the status of efforts to implement a plan to enhance the effectiveness of DHS personnel at foreign locations.

(Sec. 3) DHS shall submit to the congressional homeland security committees a plan to enhance the effectiveness of DHS personnel at foreign locations, which shall include proposals to:

  • improve efforts of DHS personnel for purposes of providing foreign partner capacity development and furthering DHS's counterterrorism mission;
  • redeploy DHS personnel to respond to changing threats to the United States;
  • enhance collaboration among DHS personnel at foreign locations, other federal personnel at foreign locations, and foreign partners;
  • improve the communication of counterterrorism information between DHS personnel at foreign locations and DHS entities in the United States; and
  • maintain practices to guard against counter-espionage threats associated with DHS personnel.

(Sec. 4) The briefing requirement shall terminate four years after the submission of the three-year strategy for DHS international programs.

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    115th CONGRESS
    2d Session
    H. R. 4567


    AN ACT

      To require a Department of Homeland Security overseas personnel enhancement plan, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. Short title.

    This Act may be cited as the “DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017”.

    SEC. 2. Overseas personnel briefing.

    (a) In general.—Not later than 90 days after submission of the comprehensive 3-year strategy required under section 1910 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328) and every 180 days thereafter, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall brief the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate regarding Department of Homeland Security personnel with primary duties that take place outside of the United States.

    (b) Requirements.—The briefing required under subsection (a) shall include the following:

    (1) A detailed summary of each type of personnel position with primary duties that take place outside of the United States and how each such position contributes to the Department of Homeland Security’s counterterrorism mission.

    (2) Information related to how the geographic and regional placement of such positions contributes to the Department’s counterterrorism mission.

    (3) Information related to the position-specific training received by such personnel before and during placement at a foreign location.

    (4) Challenges that may impede the communication of counterterrorism information between Department personnel at foreign locations and Department entities in the United States, including technical, resource, and administrative challenges.

    (5) The status of efforts to implement the strategy referred to in subsection (a).

    (6) The status of efforts (beginning with the second briefing required under this section) to implement the enhancement plan under section 3.

    SEC. 3. Overseas personnel enhancement plan.

    (a) In general.—Not later than 90 days after the briefing required under section 2, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a plan to enhance the effectiveness of Department of Homeland Security personnel at foreign locations.

    (b) Plan requirements.—The plan referred to in subsection (a) shall include proposals to—

    (1) improve efforts of Department of Homeland Security personnel at foreign locations, as necessary, for purposes of providing foreign partner capacity development and furthering the Department’s counterterrorism mission;

    (2) as appropriate, redeploy Department personnel to respond to changing threats to the United States;

    (3) enhance collaboration among Department personnel at foreign locations, other Federal personnel at foreign locations, and foreign partners;

    (4) improve the communication of counterterrorism information between Department personnel at foreign locations and Department entities in the United States, including to address technical, resource, and administrative challenges; and

    (5) maintain practices to guard against counter-espionage threats associated with Department personnel.

    SEC. 4. Termination.

    The briefing requirement under section 2 shall terminate on the date that is 4 years after the submission of the strategy referred to in such section.

    Passed the House of Representatives January 10, 2018.

    Attest:





    Clerk.  


    115th CONGRESS
         2d Session
    H. R. 4567

    AN ACT
      To require a Department of Homeland Security overseas personnel enhancement plan, and for other purposes.

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