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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side    

First Votes: 1:30 p.m.                    
Last Votes: ???

 


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Consideration of House Amendment to S. 1301 - Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit

This bill will suspend the debt ceiling through December 16, 2022, to meet our already incurred obligations and protect the full faith and credit of the United States.

Suspensions (7 bills)

1. H.R. 4611 – DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Torres (NY) – Homeland Security)

This bill seeks to enhance DHS’s ability to protect its networks from malicious cyberattacks by modernizing how the Department procures information and communications technology or services (ICT(S)). The bill would require the Under Secretary for Management to issue Department-wide guidance that improves DHS’s insight into the software purchased from new and existing ICT(S) contractors. Specifically, the bill requires that contractors provide a software bill of materials that identifies key information, such as the origin, on each part or component of open-source or third-party software supplied to the Department. It also requires contractors to certify that each item listed on the software bill of materials is free from all known security vulnerabilities or defects and to notify DHS of any identified issues and plans for addressing them. Moreover, the guidance is to include information for DHS contracting officers on how and when to enforce the new requirements to ensure contractors are accountable for the ICT(S) capabilities they deliver to the Department.

2. H.R. 4089 – Darren Drake Act, as amended (Rep. Gottheimer – Homeland Security)

This bill seeks to enhance DHS’ efforts to prevent and mitigate acts of terrorism committed using rental vehicles. Specifically, the bill requires DHS to develop and disseminate best practices for vehicle rental facilities and dealers to report suspicious behavior to law enforcement. These best practices will be developed and updated in consultation with rental industry stakeholders. The bill also requires DHS to report to Congress regarding the implementation of these best practices and other ways to improve coordination between DHS and rental vehicle providers. The bill, which was named in honor of a victim of a 2017 ISIS-inspired truck attack in New York City, was introduced in the 115th, 116th, and current Congresses, each time with bipartisan support.

3. S. 1917 – K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 (Sen. Peters – Homeland Security)

This bill, the Senate companion to H.R. 4691, directs CISA to collaborate with teachers, school administrators, other Federal agencies, and private sector organizations to conduct a study of the cybersecurity risks facing K-12 educational institutions. Based on the study’s findings, CISA will develop recommendations that include cybersecurity guidelines for K-12 educational institutions and will provide an online training toolkit with information on the guidelines and how to implement them. S. 1917 was introduced by Senator Peters (D-MI) and Senator Scott (R-FL) and was reported out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee by voice vote on July 14, 2021 and passed the full Senate by unanimous consent on August 9, 2021. Representatives Matsui (D-CA), Garbarino (R-NY) and Clyde (R-GA) are original cosponsors of the House version of the bill.

4. H.R. 4094 – One-Stop Pilot Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)

This bill would establish a multi-year TSA pilot program to create “one-stop” screening procedures for foreign last point of departure (LPD) airports with direct flights to allow international passengers to continue on to their connecting flights upon arrival in the United States without needing to be rescreened by TSA. TSA would need to determine that security screening standards and procedures at the LPD airport are comparable to TSA security screening measures for airports to participate. The pilot is loosely modeled after Customs and Border Protection’s Preclearance program, where CBP Officers screen and carry out customs processing at LPDs for outbound passengers. TSA must also specify baseline security features.

5. H.R. 4682 – UAS Act, as amended (Rep. Guest – Homeland Security)

This bill would prohibit DHS from operating, providing financial assistance for, or entering into or renewing a contract for the procurement of certain unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Specifically, the prohibition applies to UAS manufactured in or consisting of parts made in foreign countries deemed to be an adversary by either the intelligence community’s Annual Threat Assessment or the Secretary of Homeland Security. The prohibition also applies to UAS that use software developed in countries labeled as strategic competitors as well as UAS that use network connectivity or data storage located in such countries. The Secretary may waive the prohibition for certain reasons, such as national interest. The justification would have to be made in writing to the homeland security Committees in both the House and Senate. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary to report to Congress on information related to covered UAS, including the results of any threat assessments conducted by DHS and a list of covered UAS in operation by the Department. A version of this bill (H.R. 4753) passed the House by voice vote on February 10, 2020 in the 116th Congress.

6. H.R. 4426 – Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended (Rep. Payne – Homeland Security)

This bill amends the Secretary of Homeland Security’s statutory responsibilities to include ensuring all components and offices take into account the needs of children, including children in underserved communities, in mission planning and execution and require advice and feedback from organizations representing the needs of children to be sought. Additionally, it requires the DHS Secretary to report to Congress on the Department’s efforts to integrate the needs of children into DHS policies, programs, and activities and authorizes the Children’s Technical Expert position to ensure FEMA incorporates the needs of children into its emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Similar legislation was approved in the 116th (H.R. 2932) and 115th Congresses (H.R. 1372).

7. H.R. 4363 – DHS Contract Reporting Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Harshbarger – Homeland Security)

This bill seeks to enhance transparency and oversight of DHS procurements by requiring the Department to provide a daily report of contracts awarded by its headquarters or components on a public website. For contract awards of $4 million or more, the bill would require DHS to report key information, such as contract type, the purpose of the contract, the number of proposals or bids received, and the name of the company that received the award. In addition, the bill requires that the website allow interested parties to subscribe to automatic notifications when the daily reports are published to ensure timely access to the information. This legislation is similar to an existing public reporting requirement for contract awards made by the Department of Defense.

Possible Consideration of Legislation Providing Funding for FY22

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (5 votes)

1. H.R. 1029 – Free Veterans from Fees Act (Rep. Steube – Natural Resources)

This bill waives special use permit application fees for special events at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and its environs when a majority of attendees are veterans or Gold Star Families.

2. H.R. 3533 – To establish occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Obernolte – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require the Office of Personnel Management to update or establish occupational series for federal government positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management within 270 days of enactment.

3. H.R. 3599 – Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Khanna – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would establish a personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies.  OPM would issue an operational plan providing policies, processes, and procedures for the program, and GAO would report on agency and employee participation in the program.

4. H.R. 1204 – District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would give the District of Columbia the authority to pass a law to increase the pay of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) above the existing statutory allowable pay for the CFO

5. H.R. 978 – Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require federal agencies to create evidence-based reentry plans for employees required to return to federal offices after a public health emergency  The bill would require agency officials to develop and make public the requirements and specifications for how the government would protect the health and safety of federal employees while continuing operations and providing vital services to the public

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost."

-Barack Obama 

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