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TRACED Act

S 151Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by John Thune on 2019-1-16

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-5-21

ACCESS BROADBAND Act

HR 1328Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Paul Tonko on 2019-2-25

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-5-9

Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2019

S 406Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Gary Peters on 2019-2-7

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-5-2

Save the Internet Act of 2019

HR 1644Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Michael Doyle on 2019-3-8

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-4-29

DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019

S 315Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Margaret Hassan on 2019-1-31

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-8

Small Business Cyber Training Act of 2019

S 771Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Marco Rubio on 2019-3-13

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-1

Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

S 590Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Chris Coons on 2019-2-27

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-3-28

National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2019

S 333Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by John Cornyn on 2019-2-5

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-3-12

PIRATE Act

HR 583Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Paul Tonko on 2019-1-16

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-2-26

Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019

HR 539Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Daniel Lipinski on 2019-1-14

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-2-26

Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

HR 425Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Neal Dunn on 2019-1-10

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-2-26

Hack Your State Department Act

HR 328Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Ted Lieu on 2019-1-8

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2019-1-23

Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act

S 141Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Gary Peters on 2017-1-12

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-1-3

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(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on March 30, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act

(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to:

  • coordinate the development and implementation of federal government activities to improve the nation's ability to prepare, avoid, mitigate, respond to, and recover from potentially devastating impacts of space weather events; and
  • coordinate the activities of the Space Weather Interagency Working Group, which shall be established by the National Science and Technology Council to continue coordination of executive branch efforts to understand, prepare, coordinate, and plan for space weather.

In order to understand and respond to the adverse effects of space weather, the working group shall leverage capabilities across participating federal agencies.

It is the sense of Congress that the interagency collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on terrestrial weather observations provides:

  • an effective mechanism for improving weather and climate data collection while avoiding unnecessary duplication of capabilities across federal agencies, and
  • an agency collaboration model that could benefit space weather observations.

NASA and NOAA shall enter into at least one interagency agreement that provides for cooperation and collaboration in the development of space weather spacecraft, instruments, and technologies.

It is U.S. policy to establish and sustain a baseline capability for space weather observations.

The OSTP, in coordination with NOAA, NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Defense (DOD), shall develop an integrated strategy for solar and solar wind observations beyond the lifetime of current assets that considers the provision of:

  • solar wind measurements and other measurements essential to space weather forecasting, and
  • solar and space weather measurements important for scientific purposes.

In developing such strategy, the OSTP shall consider small satellite options, hosted payloads, commercial options, international options, and prize authority.

In order to sustain current space-based observational capabilities, NASA shall:

  • in cooperation with the European Space Agency, maintain operations of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph (SOHO/LASCO) for as long as it continues to deliver quality observations, and
  • prioritize the reception of LASCO data.

NOAA shall secure reliable secondary capability for near real-time coronal mass ejection imagery.

NOAA, in coordination with DOD and NASA, shall develop options to build and deploy one or more instruments for near real-time coronal mass ejection imagery.

In developing such options, NOAA shall consider commercial solutions, prize authority, academic and international partnerships, microsatellites, ground-based instruments, and opportunities to deploy the instrument or instruments as a secondary payload on an upcoming planned launch.

In securing reliable secondary capability for near real-time coronal mass ejection imagery, NOAA shall make it a priority to achieve a cost-effective solution.

NOAA shall develop an operational contingency plan to provide continuous space weather forecasting in the event of a SOHO/LASCO failure.

Within 120 days of the enactment of this bill, NOAA shall brief Congress on the options for building and deploying the instrument or instruments and the operational contingency plan.

NOAA, in coordination with DOD, shall develop requirements and a plan for follow-on space-based observations for operational purposes.

The OSTP shall report to Congress on the integrated strategy, including the plans for follow-on space-based observations.

The NSF the Air Force, and where practicable in support of the Air Force, the Navy shall each:

  • maintain and improve, as necessary and advisable, ground-based observations of the sun; and
  • provide space weather data by means of ground-based facilities, including radars, lidars, magnetometers, radio receivers, aurora and airglow imagers, spectrometers, interferometers, and solar observatories.

The NSF shall:

  • provide key data streams from such platforms for research and to support space weather model development,
  • develop experimental models for scientific purposes, and
  • support the transition of such models to operations where appropriate.

NOAA, the Air Force, and where practicable in support of the Air Force, the Navy, in conjunction with other relevant federal agencies, shall conduct a survey to identify and prioritize the needs of space weather forecast users, including space weather data and space weather forecast data needed to improve services and inform research priorities and technology needs.

NOAA, the Air Force, and where practicable in support of the Air Force, the Navy, shall:

  • make the survey's results publicly available; and
  • notify Congress of making those results available to the public.

The NSF, NASA, and DOD shall continue to carry out basic research activities on heliophysics, geospace science, and space weather and support competitive, merit-based, peer-reviewed proposals for research, modeling, and monitoring of space weather and its impacts, including science goals outlined in Solar and Space Physics Decadal surveys conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

The NSF, NOAA, and NASA shall pursue multidisciplinary research in subjects that further our understanding of solar physics, space physics, and space weather.

It is the sense of Congress that NASA and the NSF should support competitively awarded Heliophysics Science Centers.

NASA shall seek to implement missions meeting science objectives identified in NAS Solar and Space Physics Decadal surveys.

NASA, the NSF, NOAA, and the Air Force, and where practicable in support of the Air Force, the Navy shall:

  • develop a mechanism to transition NASA, NSF, Air Force, and Navy research findings, models, and capabilities to NOAA and DOD space weather operational forecasting centers; and
  • enhance coordination between research modeling centers and forecasting centers.

NOAA and DOD, in coordination with NASA and the NSF, shall develop a mechanism to communicate the operational needs of space weather forecasters to the research community.

NASA and the NSF shall support the development of technologies and instrumentation to improve space weather forecasting lead-time and accuracy to meet needs identified by NOAA.

NASA and the NSF shall:

  • make space weather related data obtained for scientific research available to space weather forecasters and operations centers, and
  • support model development and applications to space weather forecasting.

NOAA shall make space weather related data obtained from operational forecasting available for scientific research.

The provisions relating to space weather under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 are repealed.

(Sec. 3) The Space Weather Interagency Working Group shall:

  • assess existing data, the historical record, models, and peer-reviewed studies on space weather; and
  • develop preliminary benchmarks for measuring solar disturbances.

Within 18 months of the development of the preliminary benchmarks, the working group shall publish final benchmarks and NASA shall contract with the NAS to review them.

The working group shall update and revise the final benchmarks as necessary, based on:

  • the results of the review by the NAS,
  • any significant new data or advances in scientific understanding that become available, or
  • the evolving needs of entities impacted by solar disturbances.

(Sec. 4) NOAA shall inform the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about space weather hazards to protect national critical infrastructure from space weather events.

DHS shall:

  • include, in meeting national critical infrastructure reporting requirements, an assessment of the vulnerability of such infrastructure to space weather events; and
  • support critical infrastructure providers in managing the risks and impacts associated with space weather.

(Sec. 5) The National Security Council shall:

  • assess the vulnerability of the national security community to space weather events, and
  • develop mechanisms to protect national security assets from space weather threats.

DOD shall inform the National Security Council, the Director of National Intelligence, and the heads of the defense agencies about space weather hazards for purposes of the protection of those assets.

(Sec. 6) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shall assess:

  • the safety implications and vulnerability of the national airspace system by space weather events;
  • methods to mitigate the safety implications and effects of space weather on aviation communication systems, aircraft navigation systems, satellite and ground-based navigation systems, and potential health effects of radiation exposure; and
  • options for incorporating space weather into operational training for pilots, cabin crews, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, and engineers.

The FAA shall develop methods to increase the interaction between the aviation community and the space weather research and service provider community.

American Space SAFE Management Act

HR 6226Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Lamar Smith on 2018-6-26

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-28

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2018

HR 5503Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Brian Babin on 2018-4-13

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-21

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2018

This bill reauthorizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through FY2019.

The bill authorizes NASA programs, activities, and reports, including those regarding the International Space Station (ISS); launch, crew, and cargo vehicle critical path redundancy; space suits; earth observation; land remote sensing data collection; Landsat systems; the Goddard Institute for Space Studies; in-space nuclear fission power; civil supersonic transportation research; unmanned aircraft systems research; commercially provided space products and services; commercial in-space infrastructure; and NASA-funded institutes.

NASA shall:

  • continue the operation of the ISS;
  • establish a research office at the Johnson Space Center to build upon its expertise in human space flight missions for future challenges;
  • partner with private sector and philanthropic organizations to search for technosignatures, such as radio transmissions, in the search for life's origin and future in the universe;
  • establish the 21st Century Aeronautics Research Capabilities Initiative;
  • more effectively and efficiently share its electromagnetic spectrum with U.S. nongovernmental entities operating or proposing to operate space objects; and
  • restrict contracting with contractors who have a history of poor performance on space contracts.

The bill extends NASA's authority to lease nonexcess properties through 2020.

The National Space Council shall publish a report that relates the strategic national importance of space to the inherent risk of exploring and using it.

Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2017

S 278Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Steve Daines on 2017-2-2

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-19

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Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2017

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the research, development, testing, evaluation, and transition of cybersecurity technologies.

Such research and development shall:

  • advance the development and accelerate the deployment of more secure information systems;
  • improve and create technologies for detecting and preventing attacks or intrusions;
  • improve and create mitigation and recovery methodologies and development of resilient networks and information systems;
  • support the review of source code that underpins critical infrastructure information systems; and
  • assist the development, support, or deployment of technologies for industrial control systems, cyber forensics, attack attribution capabilities, full information lifecycle security technologies, information security measures and perimeter-based protections, detection of improper information access by authorized users, cryptography, assurance that software is free from vulnerabilities and functioning as intended, automatic updates of software and firmware, and identification of unidentified or future threats.

The Under Secretary shall:

  • support projects carried out under this bill through their full life cycle;
  • identify mature technologies that address existing or imminent cybersecurity gaps in public or private information systems and networks, protect sensitive information within and outside networks, identify and support necessary improvements, and introduce new cybersecurity technologies throughout the homeland security enterprise through partnerships and commercialization; and
  • target federally funded cybersecurity research that demonstrates a high probability of successful transition to the commercial market within two years and that is expected to have a notable impact on information systems and networks.

The bill: (1) extends the authority of the DHS to carry out a research and development projects pilot program until September 30, 2021; (2) requires a DHS component to obtain the DHS Secretary's approval before utilizing authority for such a project by providing a proposal that includes the rationale, funds to be spent, and expected outcome for the project; and (3) requires DHS's annual report on such program to include the extent of cost-sharing for projects among federal and nonfederal sources and the extent to which utilization of project authority has addressed a homeland security capability gap or threat to the homeland.

DHS must develop training for acquisitions staff on the utilization of DHS's authority to enter into transactions (other than contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants) for research and development projects to ensure accountability and effective management of projects consistent with the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act.

READI Act

S 3238Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Brian Schatz on 2018-7-18

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-18

National Quantum Initiative Act

S 3143Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by John Thune on 2018-6-26

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-27

Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

S 3321Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Chris Coons on 2018-8-1

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-16

Strengthening the Cooperative Observer Program Act of 2018

S 2941Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by John Thune on 2018-5-23

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-14

COASTAL Implementation Act of 2018

S 2242Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Roger Wicker on 2017-12-18

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-13

National Institute of Standards and Technology Reauthorization Act of 2018

HR 6229Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Barbara Comstock on 2018-6-26

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-9-26

Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018

HR 4824Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by John Curtis on 2018-1-18

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-9-17

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Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior to establish a program to enter into memoranda of understanding with states and Indian tribes to allow for the permitting of broadband within an operational right-of-way to enable broadband providers to install infrastructure that allows users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications, with respect to National Forest System land, land managed by Interior, and Indian land.

The "operational right-of-way" is defined as all real property interests (including easements) acquired for the construction or operation of a project.

A state's governor, the governor's designee, or an officer designated by the governing body of the Indian tribe may enter into such a memorandum for a term not to exceed 10 years if the state or Indian tribe consents to: (1) federal court jurisdiction, (2) federal environmental review procedures, (3) judicial review of decisions regarding the public availability of documents, (4) maintenance of necessary financial resources, (5) the provision of any information that USDA or Interior needs to ensure that the state is carrying out its responsibilities, (6) the provision of revenues generated from the use of public lands to the United States, and (7) the provision of a copy of authorizing documents to the United States for proper notation and recordkeeping.

(Sec. 4) USDA or Interior must establish a broadband permit streamlining team in each state or regional office with responsibility for issuing permits for broadband projects. Under the program, USDA or Interior shall coordinate and expedite permitting decisions for broadband projects through a memorandum of understanding with USDA or Interior, as appropriate, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PIRATE Act

HR 5709Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Leonard Lance on 2018-5-8

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-7-24

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Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act or the PIRATE Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to address unlicensed radio broadcasting (called "pirating"), including:

  • increasing the fine for a pirate radio broadcasting violation to not more than $2 million,
  • imposing a fine of up to $100,000 per day for pirating violations subject to the $2 million limit, and
  • establishing a fine of up to $2 million for any person who facilitates pirate radio broadcasting ("facilitating" includes providing access to property or providing physical goods or services).   

The FCC must: (1) annually report to Congress summarizing implementation of this bill and associated enforcement activities for the previous fiscal year; and (2) at least once a year, assign appropriate enforcement personnel to focus specific and sustained attention on the elimination of pirate radio broadcasting within the top five radio markets.

The FCC may not preempt any state or local law prohibiting pirate radio broadcasting.

The FCC shall: (1) revise its rules to require that, absent good cause, in any case alleging a violation, it shall proceed directly to issue a Notice of Apparent Liability without first issuing a Notice of Unlicensed Operations; and (2) publish a database of all licensed radio stations operating in the AM and FM bands, which shall be easily accessible from the FCC home page, identifying each licensed station and all entities that have received a Notice of Unlicensed Operation, Notice of Apparent Liability, or Forfeiture Order by the FCC.

(Sec. 3) No additional funds are authorized to carry out this bill.

Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018

HR 4881Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Robert Latta on 2018-1-25

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-7-24

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Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States.

The task force's duties include:

  • identifying and measuring current gaps in the availability of broadband Internet access service on agricultural land;
  • developing policy recommendations to promote the rapid, expanded deployment of fixed and mobile broadband Internet access service on unserved agricultural land, with a goal of achieving reliable capabilities on 95% of agricultural land in the United States by 2025;
  • promoting effective policy and regulatory solutions that encourage the adoption of broadband Internet access service on farms and ranches and promote precision agriculture;
  • recommending specific new rules or amendments to existing FCC rules;
  • recommending specific steps that the FCC should take to obtain reliable and standardized data measurements of the availability of broadband Internet access service as necessary to target funding support, from future FCC programs dedicated to the deployment of such service, to unserved agricultural land; and
  • recommending specific steps that the FCC should consider to ensure that the expertise of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and available farm data are reflected in such future FCC programs.

USDA and the FCC shall jointly submit to the task force a list of all federal programs or resources available for the expansion of broadband Internet access service on unserved agricultural land.

The task force must submit annually to the FCC a report that details: (1) the status of fixed and mobile broadband Internet access service coverage of agricultural land; (2) the projected future connectivity need of agricultural operations, farmers, and ranchers; and (3) steps taken to accurately measure the availability of broadband Internet access service on agricultural land and the limitations of current measurement processes.

The FCC shall renew the task force every two years until it terminates on January 1, 2025.

(Sec. 4) No additional funds are authorized to carry out this bill.

ACCESS BROADBAND Act

HR 3994Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Paul Tonko on 2017-10-6

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-7-24

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Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act or the ACCESS BROADBAND Act

(Sec. 2) This bill requires the Department of Commerce to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

(Sec. 3) The office shall:

  • connect with communities that need access to high-speed Internet and improved digital inclusion efforts,
  • hold regional workshops to share best practices and effective strategies for promoting broadband access and adoption,
  • develop targeted broadband training and presentations for various demographic communities through media,
  • develop and distribute publications providing guidance to communities for expanding broadband access and adoption, and
  • track construction and use of and access to any broadband infrastructure built using federal support.

The office must report annually: (1) a description of the office's work, (2) the number of U.S. residents who received broadband as result of federal broadband programs and the Universal Service Fund program, and (3) an estimate of the economic impact of such broadband deployment efforts on the local economy.

(Sec. 4) The office shall consult with any agency offering a federal broadband support program in order to streamline the application process for financial assistance or grants and create one application that may be submitted to apply for all federal broadband support programs.

(Sec. 5) The office, any agency that offers a federal broadband support program, and the Federal Communications Commission through the Universal Service Fund shall coordinate to ensure that broadband support is being distributed in an efficient, technology-neutral, and financially sustainable manner.

(Sec. 7) No additional funds are authorized to carry out this bill.

ARPA-E Act of 2018

HR 5906Science, Technology, Communications • Introduced by Frank Lucas on 2018-5-22

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-6-28

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