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house Bill H.R. 2825

Reauthorizing and Reforming the Dept. of Homeland Security

Argument in favor

It’s been 15 years since the Dept. of Homeland Security was created, so it’s due for a reauthorization and reforms to its key programs to ensure it operates as efficiently as possible.

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07/20/2017
This certainly is a "shotgun" bill involving the DHS. This Department is gigantic, a monster leftover from the post 9/11 disaster. Now is the time for readjustment. DHS was a consequence of poor data sharing between agencies. Let's just hope Congress does do diligence and approach with budget savings for "We The People,"
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07/20/2017
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs substantial reform and improvement in order to fulfill its important roles in the areas of security, emergency preparedness and response, and enforcement of immigration laws. This will require changes in nearly every part of DHS as well as a better prioritization of resources within each of the components and between the components. We, the American people, need DHS to succeed. A successful DHS will deter terrorism and threats to critical infrastructure. A successful DHS will make our cyber networks more secure. A successful DHS will save lives in the aftermath of major disruptions. It is up to the new Secretary to maximize the success of the organization and to keep the reform process moving forward.
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Ken's Opinion
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07/20/2017
Absolutely needed and must be a lot more ICE enforcement because until illegals understand there is a right way and wrong way to come to our country and Make America Great Again there must be enforcement like it or not. Also the work with FEMA must be improved and agents also making sure no one "CHEATS" the government or private agencies because of reported damage. Also a greater protection and FAST RESPONSE by HOMELAND security with training and professional aspects of their job. Coordinate work with State and local enforcement working to train, communications with local agencies, and preparing for any possible strike by any invasion force. Preparing for nuclear response and training on how, when and where to do things. Forcing Congress to work with the Commander and Chief whether they like it or not and arresting those Congress men and women who refuse to help protect our country and investigate all Congress, Agencies and peoples plotting against our Great President Trump and our nation. I volunteer to help anyway I can and will work for free as long as all bills are paid, food, clothing, transportation and amenities and fir that I will pickup and transport any illegal aliens to and from what ever agency refuses to support the arrest, detention and housing of illegals. Call me, I will help.
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Homeland Security’s creation 15 years was rushed in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, and this reauthorization should address more of the agency’s problems.

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07/20/2017
The Department of Homeland Security is nothing more than a domestic militia that will eventually be used to suppress domestic US citizens. The militarization of this force tantamount to the Brown Shirts of Nazi Germany. Trump and the Republican Congress are one step closer to the fascist authoritarian government they are working toward.
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07/20/2017
The department of homeland security doesn't need as much money, and could get some cuts. I am not suggesting a complete elimination, but I prefer healthcare. Not to mention, if this country cannot afford to educate our children, build bridges and ensure clean water and air, what exactly are we defending?
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Clifford's Opinion
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07/20/2017
No longer trust our present government to use this 911 created department to PROTECT US citizens. I now see it as a department to possibly be used against us during protests.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2825?

This bill would comprehensively reauthorize the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and enact various reforms to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DHS acquisition programs, maritime security, and intelligence sharing while providing for emergency preparedness and response. The bill would authorize Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the first time, while reauthorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the TSA, and the Secret Service. It also consolidates and eliminates unnecessary programs and offices.


Acquisition Accountability & Efficiency

This section would give the Chief Acquisitions Officer authority to approve, pause, modify, or cancel major acquisition programs. All major acquisition programs would be required to have documentation showing its department-approved cost, schedule, and performance requirements. An internal notification system would be established for cost overruns or delays, and any cost overrun greater than 15 percent of the program’s baseline or delay longer than 180 days would trigger a notification of Congress.

DHS would be required to provide congressional homeland security with a multiyear acquisition strategy within one year of the bill’s enactment, and every year thereafter it would update and include the strategy in its report to Congress. The strategy would include a prioritized list of acquisition investments; a plan to develop a DHS-wide inventory of investments and property, addressing funding gaps, delays and bid protests; and a plan to ensure competition or the option of competition for major acquisition programs.


Intelligence & Information Sharing

The Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS’s Chief Intelligence Officer would develop and disseminate a department-wide guidance about the processing, analysis, production, and dissemination of information related to homeland security and terrorism. The guidance would be in an unclassified format, with a classified annex included as needed.

DHS’s annual homeland terrorist threat assessment — which considers threats to cyber, transportation, and border security — would be required to be completed within 180 days of enactment. Congress would receive the assessment in a classified format, with unclassified summaries available as appropriate.


Maritime Security

The Coast Guard would be given operational control over cybersecurity at ports. It would also be required to inspect every security at every port facility at least once per year, with additional inspections carried out in a risk-based manner instead of being required to carry out two inspections per year.

Every three years DHS would be required to submit a strategic plan to Congress to address threats to the international supply chain


Transportation Security Administration

The TSA Administrator would be required to develop a plan and timeline for reducing the number of Senior Executive Service positions in the agency by 20 percent. TSA’s use of advanced technologies such as biometrics, explosives detection dogs, and next-generation bomb detection would be expanded.

By the end of 2018, TSA would be required to implement a secure, automated system at all airports for verifying travel and identity documents of passengers who aren’t part of a DHS trusted traveler program. The system would assess the need for screening personnel to verify identity and travel documents for such passengers, reduce the average wait time of passengers, reduce operating costs, and be integrated with the TSA’s watch list matching programs to allow for risk-based screening.


Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Communications

DHS’s Urban Area Security Initiative would require states to provide a detailed accounting of items, services, or activities it acquires using funds from the initiative to avoid duplication of efforts by states and urban areas. For each fiscal year from 2018 through 2022, $800 million would be provided for the initiative.

States participating in the State Homeland Security Grant Program would be required to submit a threat and hazard identification and risk assessment that includes input from local and tribal governments, including their first responders. For each fiscal year from 2018 through 2022, $600 million would be provided for the grant program.


DHS Headquarters

This section of the bill makes minor adjustments to reports produced by DHS executives, such as the Chief Privacy Officer and the Chief Security Officer, among others. It would also specify the offices that make up DHS headquarters and outlines the functions of headquarters as:

  • Establishing an overall strategy to further the mission of DHS;

  • Establishing initiatives that improve DHS’s overall performance;

  • Managing and encouraging shared services between units of DHS;

  • Establishing and implementing policies in consultation with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties that preserve individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

Impact

State and local governments participating in DHS grant programs; and the Dept. of Homeland Security, including its subagencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2825

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced this bill to reauthorize the Dept. of Homeland Security and make the agency more efficient:

“[This bill] will make DHS more efficient by consolidating and eliminating unnecessary programs and offices. This will be made possible by streamlining offices with overlapping duties, cutting unnecessary positions and better outlining respective responsibilities… This is not a one-time deal. It is the establishment of a regular process that will ensure robust oversight and improve the operation of the department for the benefit of the American people.”

The House Homeland Security Committee reported this legislation favorably. It has the support of 11 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force / Public Domain)

AKA

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 20th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 386 Yea / 41 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    IntroducedJune 8th, 2017

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    This certainly is a "shotgun" bill involving the DHS. This Department is gigantic, a monster leftover from the post 9/11 disaster. Now is the time for readjustment. DHS was a consequence of poor data sharing between agencies. Let's just hope Congress does do diligence and approach with budget savings for "We The People,"
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    The Department of Homeland Security is nothing more than a domestic militia that will eventually be used to suppress domestic US citizens. The militarization of this force tantamount to the Brown Shirts of Nazi Germany. Trump and the Republican Congress are one step closer to the fascist authoritarian government they are working toward.
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    The department of homeland security doesn't need as much money, and could get some cuts. I am not suggesting a complete elimination, but I prefer healthcare. Not to mention, if this country cannot afford to educate our children, build bridges and ensure clean water and air, what exactly are we defending?
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    No longer trust our present government to use this 911 created department to PROTECT US citizens. I now see it as a department to possibly be used against us during protests.
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    The TSA has been proven not effective at fighting terrorism and violates the Fourth Amendment on a daily basis. It should be defunded and disbanded, and replaced with a more effective system of aviation security that is not tied into corporate interests.
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    This government agency, and others like it, is more of a threat to liberty and freedom than the terrorists are.
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    I think DHS could be disbanded & other agencies could take over the functions of DHS. Let's take the extra tax dollars to improve the Affordable Care Act & maybe throw some towards education, primary & secondary. Let's not lose sight of priorities. Thank you.
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    The DHS has shown itself to be a bloated and ineffective agency that needs to either be seriously reformed or eliminated all together. The TSA, for example, has been proven to be incredibly ineffective at detecting security threats. It's time to stop throwing money at security theater. These agencies make us look safer without actually being safer.
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    Disastrous assault on civil liberties.
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    Please do not reauthorize illegal search and seizure at all airports. I've had enough of TSA. And Homeland Security. Make travel safe, use some other method without invading my personal space. Ridiculous, ineffective, waste of tax payer $.
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    This agency is a Frankenstein's monster, a mash-up of various preexisting departmental authorities and furthermore, in its current state, is utterly and dangerously inefficient.
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    No more militirization of our supposed protectors to unleash their brute Force on us citizens when they feel it's necessary like our local cops do every day. Cut the waste, fraud, n abuse and stop with this fear machine to keep this agency around when we have local cops and the FBI who are suppose to take care of domestic issues along with the national guard. More tax money wasted on an another incompetent agency.
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    We should be cutting the funding for this and adding more money into education and healthcare. TSA doesn't do a whole lot. I've witnessed this because I fly frequently. Create a system that only exists in big traffic airports that see a lot of coming and going from different countries like O'Hare, Atlanta, DFW, JFK, LAX, etc.
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    DH should be disbanded.
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    In the United States of America we have the constitution and due process. Giving any organization right to skirt that responsibility is dangerous to the freedom of this country and the people in it.
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    Can we first focus on fixing the ACA and the infrastructure thereby creating a slew of jobs. Can we prioritize the things which are truly important. I understand we lack true leadership for the first time in years but we have the input of the people to make the things happen. Constant bickering with the press along with trust, honesty, bullying and moral issues sidetrack attacking the issues that are truly important. We need the cooperation and input from both sides of the aisles. We have serious issues which require serious people to get the job done they were elected to do. Nothing is getting done. The things that are getting done is in dark private rooms the American public is made aware of after the fact buried in a 200 page document.
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    Absolutely needed and must be a lot more ICE enforcement because until illegals understand there is a right way and wrong way to come to our country and Make America Great Again there must be enforcement like it or not. Also the work with FEMA must be improved and agents also making sure no one "CHEATS" the government or private agencies because of reported damage. Also a greater protection and FAST RESPONSE by HOMELAND security with training and professional aspects of their job. Coordinate work with State and local enforcement working to train, communications with local agencies, and preparing for any possible strike by any invasion force. Preparing for nuclear response and training on how, when and where to do things. Forcing Congress to work with the Commander and Chief whether they like it or not and arresting those Congress men and women who refuse to help protect our country and investigate all Congress, Agencies and peoples plotting against our Great President Trump and our nation. I volunteer to help anyway I can and will work for free as long as all bills are paid, food, clothing, transportation and amenities and fir that I will pickup and transport any illegal aliens to and from what ever agency refuses to support the arrest, detention and housing of illegals. Call me, I will help.
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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs substantial reform and improvement in order to fulfill its important roles in the areas of security, emergency preparedness and response, and enforcement of immigration laws. This will require changes in nearly every part of DHS as well as a better prioritization of resources within each of the components and between the components. We, the American people, need DHS to succeed. A successful DHS will deter terrorism and threats to critical infrastructure. A successful DHS will make our cyber networks more secure. A successful DHS will save lives in the aftermath of major disruptions. It is up to the new Secretary to maximize the success of the organization and to keep the reform process moving forward.
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    We may need a reauthorization, but I don't trust 45 or Sessions to not use this authorization to turn the US into a police state. I would prefer that we wait until the Putin/Russia investigations are completed to work on this.
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    Trott is bought & paid for. I haven't seen him make a decision that benefits his people or the environment. I demand a recall on Trott! Get him out of office!
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