Your Voice | Pending Legislation
The following are brief primers on the most important pieces of pending legislation related to the 9/11 Commission recommendations. All bills listed are currently under consideration by Congress:
H.R. 5017: “Ensuring Implementation of the 9/11 Commission Report Act”
On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project (PDP) released a report card containing more F’s than A’s on the status of the implementation of the 41 recommendations made by 9/11 Commission Report.
Recognizing that the full implementation of all 41 recommendations must remain a top priority of our government, we are introducing the “Ensuring Implementation of the 9/11 Commission Report Act”. This legislation has been developed as a comprehensive approach to assure the implementation of all 9/11 Commission recommendations.
Certification of Enacted Legislation
A number of the 41 recommendations have been enacted into law, but may not have been fully implemented. To ensure implementation, we devised a mechanism for executive branch agencies to report on their progress. Where recommendations have been enacted into law, this bill requires the relevant agency or agencies to certify they have completed the requirements of Public Law 108-458, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevent Act of 2004 and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report. This certification is to be submitted to the relevant congressional committees within 30 days of enactment of this legislation.
Following the submission to Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will certify the submission. Should the agency not be able to certify that it has implemented the recommendations of P.L. 108-458 and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, it must explain why and what, if any, resources are needed to complete implementation. This report must be updated every 30 days until the agency can certify its implementation.
In some cases, the recommendations have not been enacted into law, but legislation has been drafted to do so. In those cases, we used existing language. An example is the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act (H.R. 1544) to fulfill the recommendation that homeland security funding should be based on risk.
H.R.5000: 9/11 Commission Civil Liberties Board Act (Introduced in House)
H. R. 5000
To amend the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 with respect to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and for other purposes.
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