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H.R. 6438 - DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

Sponsor: Scott Perry (R)
Introduced: 2018-09-05
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
 

DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate a DHS official as the Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Coordinator to coordinate with relevant DHS offices and components on the development of policies and plans to counter threats associated with UAS, including:

  • countering UAS that may be used in a terrorist attack;
  • promoting research and development of counter UAS technologies;
  • ensuring the dissemination of information and guidance related to countering such threats; and
  • serving as the DHS point of contact for federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement entities and the private sector regarding DHS activities to counter UAS.

The coordinator shall: (1) ensure that activities for identifying, assessing, or defeating a UAS are carried out in accordance with applicable federal laws; and (2) serve as the principal DHS official for disseminating information regarding counter-UAS technology to the private sector.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6438


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 5, 2018

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


AN ACT

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator, 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 Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act”.

SEC. 2. Unmanned Aircraft Systems Countermeasures Coordinator.

(a) In general.—Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 321. Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator.

“(a) Coordinator.—The Secretary shall designate an official of the Department as the Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Coordinator (in this section referred to as the ‘Coordinator’) to coordinate with relevant Department offices and components on the development of policies and plans to counter threats associated with UAS, including—

“(1) countering UAS that may be used in a terrorist attack;

“(2) promoting research and development of counter UAS technologies;

“(3) ensuring the dissemination of information and guidance related to countering UAS threats;

“(4) serving as the Department point of contact for Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement entities and the private sector regarding the Department’s activities related to countering UAS; and

“(5) carrying out other related UAS activities, as directed by the Secretary.

“(b) Coordination with applicable Federal laws.—The Coordinator shall, in addition to other assigned duties, coordinate with relevant Department components and offices to ensure testing, evaluation, or deployment of a system used to identify, assess, or defeat a UAS is carried out in accordance with applicable Federal laws.

“(c) Coordination with private sector.—The Coordinator shall, working with the Office of Partnership and Engagement and other relevant Department offices and components, or other Federal agencies, as appropriate, serve as the principal Department official responsible for disseminating to the private sector information regarding counter UAS technology, particularly information regarding instances in which counter UAS technology may impact lawful private sector services or systems.”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendments.—

(1) REDESIGNATION OF DUPLICATE SECTION NUMBER.—Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by redesignating the second section 319 (relating to EMP and GMD mitigation research and development) as section 320.

(2) TABLE OF CONTENTS.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by striking the items relating to sections 317, 319, 318, and 319 and inserting the following new items:

“Sec. 317. Promoting antiterrorism through international cooperation program.
“Sec. 318. Social media working group.
“Sec. 319. Transparency in research and development.
“Sec. 320. EMP and GMD mitigation research and development.
“Sec. 321. Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator.”.

Passed the House of Representatives September 4, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk.

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