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H.R. 6459 - TSA Opportunities to Pursue Expanded Networks for Business Act

Introduced: 2018-09-05
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6459


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 5, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


AN ACT

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require a strategy to diversify the technology stakeholder marketplace regarding the acquisition by the Transportation Security Administration of security screening technologies, 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 “TSA Opportunities to Pursue Expanded Networks for Business Act” or the “TSA OPEN for Business Act”.

SEC. 2. Strategy.

(a) In general.—Subtitle B of title XVI of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 563 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end following new section:

“SEC. 1617. Diversified technology stakeholder marketplace.

“(a) In general.—Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a strategy to diversify the technology stakeholder marketplace that the Administrator relies upon to acquire security screening technologies, including by increased participation of small business innovators.

“(b) Contents.—The strategy required under subsection (a) shall include the following:

“(1) Information on how Administration solicitation, testing, evaluation, piloting, acquisition, and procurement processes impact the Administrator’s ability to acquire from a technology stakeholder, including a small business innovator, that has not previously provided technology to the Administration, an innovative technology or capability with the potential to enhance transportation security.

“(2) Specific actions that the Administrator will take, including modifications to the processes described in paragraph (1), to foster diversification within the technology stakeholder marketplace, together with information on projected timelines for such actions.

“(3) Plans for how the Administrator may, to the extent practicable, assist a small business innovator at certain points in such processes, including when such an innovator lacks adequate resources to participate in such processes, to help ensure that an advanced technology or capability can be developed and acquired by the Administrator.

“(4) A feasibility assessment of partnering with an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code to help provide venture capital to businesses, particularly small business innovators, for commercialization of innovative homeland security technologies that are expected to be ready for commercialization in the near term and within 36 months. In conducting such feasibility assessment, the Administrator shall consider the following:

“(A) Establishing an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code, modeled after the In-Q-tel program, as a venture capital partnership between the private sector and the intelligence community to help businesses, particularly small business innovators, commercialize innovative security-related technologies.

“(B) Enhanced engagement, either through the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security or directly, with the In-Q-tel program described in subparagraph (A).

“(c) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this section may be construed as requiring changes to the Transportation Security Administration standards for security technology.

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.—The term ‘intelligence community’ has the meaning given such term in section 3(4) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003(4)).

“(2) SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN.—The term ‘small business concern’ has the meaning described under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).

“(3) SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATOR.—The term ‘small business innovator’ means a stakeholder that is a small business concern that has an advanced transportation security technology or capability.”.

(b) Comptroller general review.—Not later than one year after the submission of the strategy required under section 1617 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by subsection (a)), the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a review of the extent to which such strategy addresses the requirements of such section, has resulted in increased participation of small business innovators in the technology stakeholder marketplace, and has resulted in a diversification of the marketplace.

(c) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1616 the following new item:

“Sec. 1617. Diversified technology stakeholder marketplace.”.

Passed the House of Representatives September 4, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk.

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