House Passes Bill to Create Homeland Security Department

By Rigsby, Deborah | Nation's Cities Weekly, August 5, 2002 | Go to article overview

House Passes Bill to Create Homeland Security Department


Rigsby, Deborah, Nation's Cities Weekly


Before adjourning for its August recess, the House passed legislation to create a new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 5005). The Senate is expected to consider similar legislation this September, known as the "National Homeland Security and Combatting Terrorism Act of 2002" (S. 2452).

"For the first time, this new department will merge under one roof the capability to identify and assess threats to the homeland, to map those threats against vulnerabilities, and then to act to secure America," President Bush said. "The Department of Homeland Security will draw on the knowledge and experience of every sector in America. Well work in a collaborative way ... at all levels of government."

The legislation would create an Office for State and Local Government Coordination to oversee departmental programs and relationships with state and local governments.

Specific duties outlined in the legislation include: assessment and advocacy for resources needed by state and local governments to implement the national counterterrorism strategy; dissemination of regular information, research and technical support; and development of a "process for receiving meaningful input from state and local governments to assist in the development of the national strategy for combating terrorism and other homeland security activities."

Other provisions of H.R. 5005 include:

* Requirements that airports implement security plans for modifying terminals and deploying explosive detection systems to screen all checked baggage by December 31, 2003 (a one-year extension from current law);

* A sense of Congress encouraging states to implement trauma care and burn center care components within integrated emergency response plans, using funds authorized through the Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2001 for grants to improve state, local and hospital preparedness for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies;

* Establishment of a departmental Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to review and assess information alleging abuses of civil rights, civil liberties and racial and ethnic profiling by employees and officials of the department; and

* Directives for co-location of any regional or field offices of agencies that are transferred to the department, if such offices are located in the same municipality. …

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