H.R.3284 – Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017

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H.R.3284 – Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017


The purpose of H.R. 3284 is to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series. (JCTAWS)

To that end ‘JCTAWS brings together a wide range of first responders including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and public health officials, as well as the private sector and non-governmental organizations, to prepare for, prevent against, and respond to a coordinated terrorist attack. Since 2011, over 30 cities have hosted these workshops, where they test their current plans, policies, and procedures, while identifying gaps and best practices. After each workshop, the host city, with its Federal partners, develops a summary report with key findings and possible gap mitigation strategies. H.R. 3284 authorizes this program to ensure FEMA, NCTC, and the FBI continue to provide State and local jurisdictions with this vital resource.’

“Under current law, FEMA performs most of the activities authorized under H.R. 3284 through its Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop under the National Exercise Program (NEP). In 2017, $1 million was allocated to NEP for those workshops.” – CBO

 (Full text of H.R. 3284 congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] (Introduced 07/18/2017)



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 398 – 4 (Roll no. 529).

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Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that fully implementing the bill and conducting the training program each year over the 2018-2022 period would cost a total of about $5 million. That estimate is based on historical spending needs for the NEP; the spending would be subject to the availability of appropriations.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 3284 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 3284 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. 3284 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:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  The Committee estimates that H.R. 3284 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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