House Passes Bill to Improve TSA’s Technology Acquisition Programs

February 19, 2014

House Passes Bill to Improve TSA’s Technology Acquisition Programs

On December 3, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the “Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act” (H.R. 2719), which was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and co-sponsors Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) on July 18, 2013. If enacted, the bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296) to require the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and update biennially a multiyear technology acquisition plan. The bill also requires the administrator to establish baseline acquisition requirements for performance, exhaust existing inventory prior to new acquisitions, and annually report to Congress TSA’s goals for contracting with small and disadvantaged businesses. Additionally, the bill calls for increased industry participation early in the acquisition process, and requires the comptroller general to report to Congress regarding TSA’s progress in implementing its acquisition plan. The bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 






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