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H.R. 5206 - Office of Biometric Identity Management Authorization Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-06-26
Bill Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 717.
 

Office of Biometric Identity Management Authorization Act of 2018 or the OBIM Authorization Act of 2018

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Management Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the Office of Biometric Identity Management, which shall be administered by a director with significant management experience and experience in biometrics and identity management. The director shall have specified duties, including leading DHS's biometric identity services to support anti-terrorism, counterterrorism, border security, credentialing, national security, and public safety.

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Calendar No. 717

115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5206

[Report No. 115–413]


    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Biometric Identity Management, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 26, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

December 4, 2018

    Reported by Mr. Johnson, with amendments

[Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]


AN ACT

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Biometric Identity Management, 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 “Office of Biometric Identity Management Authorization Act of 2018” or the “OBIM Authorization Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Establishment of the Office of Biometric Identity Management.

(a) In general.—Title VII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 341 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 710. Office of Biometric Identity Management.

“(a) Establishment.—The Office of Biometric Identity Management is established within the Management Directorate of the Department.

“(b) Director.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Office of Biometric Identity Management shall be administered by the Director of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (in this section referred to as the ‘Director’) who shall report to the Secretary, or to another official of the Department, as the Secretary may direct.

“(2) QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES.—The Director shall—

“(A) have significant professional management experience, as well as experience in the field of biometrics and identity management;

“(B) lead the Department’s biometric identity services to support anti-terrorism, counter-terrorism, border security, credentialing, national security, and public safety;

“(C) enable operational missions across the Department by receiving, matching, storing, sharing, and analyzing biometric and associated biographic and encounter data;

“(D) deliver biometric identity information and analysis capabilities to—

“(i) the Department and its components;

“(ii) appropriate Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies;

“(iii) appropriate foreign governments; and

“(iv) appropriate private sector entities;

“(E) support the law enforcement, public safety, national security, and homeland security missions of other Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies, as appropriate;

“(F) manage the operation of the Department’s primary biometric repository and identification system;

“(G) manage Biometric Support Centers to provide biometric identification and verification analysis and services to the Department, appropriate Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies, appropriate foreign governments, and appropriate private sector entities;

“(H) oversee the implementation of Department-wide standards for biometric conformity, and work to make such standards Government-wide;

“(I) in coordination with the Department’s Office of Policy Strategy, Policy, and Plans , and in consultation with relevant component offices and headquarters offices, enter into data sharing agreements with appropriate Federal, State, local, and foreign agencies to support immigration, law enforcement, national security, and public safety missions;

“(J) maximize interoperability with other Federal, State, local, and foreign biometric systems, as appropriate;

“(K) ensure the activities of the Office of Biometric Identity Management are carried out in compliance with the policies and procedures established by the Privacy Officer appointed under section 222; and

“(L) consult with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department about biometric technologies that may result in disparities in the treatment of individuals on the basis of their race or ethnicity; and

(L)(M) carry out other duties and powers prescribed by law or delegated by the Secretary.

“(c) Deputy Director.—There shall be in the Office of Biometric Identity Management a Deputy Director, who shall assist the Director in the management of the Office.

“(d) Other authorities.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Director may establish such other offices within the Office of Biometric Identity Management as the Director determines necessary to carry out the missions, duties, functions, and authorities of the Office.

“(2) NOTIFICATION.—If the Director exercises the authority provided by paragraph (1), the Director shall notify the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate not later than 30 days before exercising such authority.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by adding after the item relating to section 709 the following new item:

“Sec. 710. Office of Biometric Identity Management.”.


Calendar No. 717

115th CONGRESS
     2d Session
H. R. 5206
[Report No. 115–413]

AN ACT
    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Biometric Identity Management, and for other purposes.

December 4, 2018
    Reported with amendments

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