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house Bill H.R. 2719

Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

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  • EnactedDecember 18th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 9th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 425 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Transportation and Maritime Security
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2013

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Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act

Official Title

To require the Transportation Security Administration to implement best practices and improve transparency with regard to technology acquisition programs, and for other purposes.


Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act - (Sec. 3) Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop, update biennially, and report to Congress a strategic multiyear technology investment plan, which may include a classified addendum to report sensitive transportation security risks, technology vulnerabilities, or other sensitive security information. Requires the plan to include: (1) an analysis of transportation security risks and associated technology gaps, and (2) a set of the TSA's transportation security-related technology acquisition needs. Directs the Administrator, in accordance with TSA policies and directives, and before implementing any security-related technology, to analyze whether it is justified, including its privacy and civil liberties implications. Requires the Administrator, by 30 days before any TSA award of a contract for acquisitions exceeding $30 million, to report to Congress the results of the acquisition analysis and certify that the security benefits justify the contract cost. Directs the appropriate TSA acquisition official to establish certain performance baseline requirements before any TSA security-related technology acquisition. Requires that official to review and assess each acquisition for meeting the baseline requirements and to report those results to Congress. Requires the Administrator, before the procurement of additional quantities of equipment to fulfill a TSA mission need, to utilize, to the extent practicable, any existing units in the TSA's inventory to meet that need. Directs the Administrator to report annually to Congress on TSA's goals for contracting with small businesses, including small and disadvantaged businesses. (Sec. 4) Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to assess TSA's implementation of GAO recommendations regarding the acquisition of security-related technology that were made before enactment of this Act. Directs the GAO to evaluate TSA's progress in implementing this Act. (Sec. 5) Directs the Administrator to report to Congress on the feasibility of tracking TSA transportation security-related technology through automated information and data capture technologies. (Sec. 6) Directs the GAO to evaluate TSA's testing and evaluation of security-related technologies. (Sec. 7) States that no additional funds are authorized to carry out this Act. Requires this Act to be carried out using amounts otherwise available for the purpose.

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