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house Bill H.R. 1637

Increased Reporting on DHS Research and Development Projects

Argument in favor

Taxpayer dollars are being used to fund these research and development projects in the Department of Homeland Security, so its only right that Congress brings them into greater public visibility.

Mikeizzo1993's Opinion
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10/13/2015
DHS gets plenty of funding. Making their reports public and more easily accessible isn't a difficult task.
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Lloyd's Opinion
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10/29/2015
We have a right to what our government is doing!
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Dusty's Opinion
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10/28/2015
It's our money, we should see how it's being spent.
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Argument opposed

The Department of Homeland Security is supposed to produce these reports without any new funding? How exactly does that happen?

LibertyForAll's Opinion
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01/16/2016
The DHS, in its entirety, is a bureaucratic organization witch undermines the Constitutional Rights of all Americans. The DHS can search ones electronic belongings/records for no reason, no suspicion, no reasonable cause... With an end result of making Americans less safe and eroding Individual Liberties of her people.
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Tom's Opinion
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09/05/2016
The Department of Homeland Security is supposed to produce these reports without any new funding. Don't pay more for something our government owes you, that's oppression or extortion.
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John's Opinion
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09/03/2015
WE ARE 18 TRILLION IN DEBT - STOP SPENDING. There should be no need for oversight - DHS should not be funding research and development at all!
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What is House Bill H.R. 1637?

This bill would require annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of federally funded research and development centers within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Reports would entail a list of all ongoing and completed projects that are funded with federal dollars to be carried out by DHS research and development centers.


The Secretary of DHS would provide these reports annually to the Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives. In the Senate, reports would go to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Appropriations Committee.


This bill would prohibit the authorization of any new funding to carry out the production and dissemination of the annual reports.

Impact

DHS research and development centers, DHS, Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1637

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an audit of DHS’ research and development (R&D) activities in September 2014 and found that DHS didn’t actually know how much it was spending on R&D on an annual basis. GAO attributed this to lackluster definitions and oversight of R&D activities -- which led to overlapping and duplicated projects.


Eventually, the GAO found that DHS
spent more than $1 billion per year on research and development activities, with an additional $265 million in related activities that weren’t included in that budget category in its reports.


The House Homeland Security Committee
passed this legislation by voice vote.

Media:


Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user USDAgov)

AKA

Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015

Official Title

To require annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of federally funded research and development centers within the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • 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 June 23rd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
      Oversight, Management, and Accountability
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 25th, 2015

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