H.R.1282 – DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017

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H.R.1282 – DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017


Although the activity the bill requires is already a department policy, the bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to establish an Acquisition Review Board. The Board would have the responsibility of reviewing DHS acquisition programs for the purpose of increasing accountability and having a uniform process. The Board would review major acquisition programs and look towards best practices.

Major acquisition program would require authorization to proceed from one decision event to another throughout the acquisition life cycle and if it meets approved requirements or additional review. Or a non-major acquisition program requiring review.

The Board would also oversee whether a proposed acquisition’s business strategy, resources, management and accountability is executable and aligned with strategies.

The Board would also conduct systematic reviews of acquisitions to ensure they are in compliance and review documents for each major acquisitions.

The Board must report to congress on details of how the effort is performing.

    ‘The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) have consistently reported on the longstanding challenges DHS faces in managing its major acquisition programs, which cost the Department over $7 billion each year. Every 2 years, GAO identifies areas in the Federal Government that are “high risk” due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Since 2003, GAO has identified DHS’s transformation of 22 agencies into one department, and the Department’s subsequent challenges with its management functions, as high risk.’

 (Full text of H.R.1282  at congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5] (Introduced 03/01/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote

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Cost to the taxpayers:  The bill’s requirements are largely consistent with existing DHS procurement policies. Therefore, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1282 would cost less than $500,000 annually; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply

Regulatory and Other Impact:    H.R. 1282 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1282 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:      In compliance with Rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, this bill, as reported, contains no congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of the Rule XXI.

Duplication of programs: Pursuant to clause 3(c) of Rule XIII, the Committee finds that H.R. 1282 does not contain any provision that establishes or reauthorizes a program

Direct Rule-Making:  The Committee estimates that H.R. 1282 would require no

directed rule makings.

Advisory Committee Statement:    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this legislation.

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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