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H.R.4289: Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about emergency management
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Sponsor Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Republicans)
Introduced March 24, 2014
Latest Major Action July 9, 2014
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act or the DHS Interoperable Communications Act - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to include among the responsibilities of the Under Secretary for Management responsibilities with respect to policies and directives to achieve and maintain interoperable communications among the components of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Requires such Under Secretary to submit to the House and Senate homeland security committees a strategy, which shall be updated as necessary, for achieving and maintaining interoperable communications, including for daily operations, planned events, and emergencies, with corresponding milestones, that includes:

  • an assessment of interoperability gaps in radio communications among the DHS components, as of this Act's enactment date;
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    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 9, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
July 8, 2014

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 393 - 0 (Roll no. 370). (text: CR H5857)

July 8, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5861)
July 8, 2014 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
July 8, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4289.
July 8, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5856-5859)
July 8, 2014 Mrs. Brooks (IN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
June 19, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 360.
June 19, 2014 Reported by the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Rept. 113-484.
June 11, 2014 Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
June 11, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
March 27, 2014 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .
March 27, 2014 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
March 25, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.
March 24, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.