|TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (7 bills)
This bill would require that all security designations are assigned in a consistent manner by utilizing uniform designation tools throughout the Department. It also directs the Secretary to conduct a review of all sensitivity level designations and an audit of compliance. Additionally, it requires the Secretary to develop a plan to enhance the integrity of adjudications of eligibility for a security clearance and to submit a report to Congress. Ranking Member Thompson introduced this legislation to address DHS designation of security positions that do not require a security designation, which has resulted in increased costs to the Department for investigations and the need to meet security-related hiring standards.
This bill would require the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement to submit an annual report on the activities of the DHS Office of State and Local Law Enforcement to Congress on an annual basis for five years. The report is to include information about efforts to coordinate and share information with State and locals, establish performance metrics, and any feedback received from State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies about the Office.
This bill requires the Under Secretary for I&A to, within 120 days of enactment, develop and disseminate a threat assessment of terrorist use of virtual currencies in furtherance of terrorism, including the provision of material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. The bill requires the threat assessment to be shared with State, local, and tribal law enforcement, including those offices that operate within State, local, and regional fusion centers.
This bill would require the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement to produce and disseminate an annual catalog to State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that summarizes opportunities for training, publications, programs, and services available to such non-Federal law enforcement agencies from the Department. The catalog is to be widely disseminated including through posting the catalog on the DHS website and on the Homeland Security Information Network, coordinating with State and local stakeholders and sharing with Congress.
This bill requires DHS to develop and update once every five years a strategy for DHS engagement with fusion centers. The strategy will include specific goals and objectives for sharing information and engaging with fusion centers, performance metrics, and a five-year plan for continued engagement with fusion centers.
H.R. 769 authorizes an existing intra-Departmental counter-terrorism board within the Department of Homeland Security comprised of top leadership from throughout DHS. Among the board’s key responsibilities is (1) advising the DHS Secretary on the issuance of terrorism alerts and (2) meeting on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities. Last Congress, the House approved this measure (H.R. 526) on suspension on January 31, 2017.
H. Res. 77 expresses the sense of Congress that financial institutions and other entities, such as landlords and credit reporting agencies, should work proactively to help all consumers affected, through no fault of their own, by any shutdown of the Federal Government, including the historic 35-day shutdown that began on December 22, 2018. This includes waiving fees, ceasing evictions and foreclosures, and otherwise providing forbearance for any affected consumer – including Federal employees, government contractors, small businesses, and other individuals – as well as taking steps to ensure their creditworthiness is not impaired.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. The fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court. And, in a 5-4 decision, they stood on the side of those who shortchanged my pay, my overtime, and my retirement just because I am a woman.”
– Lilly Ledbetter