Last week, U.S Rep. Curt Clawson, R-FL, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 5712, the DHS Private Sector Office Engagement Act to improve private sector engagement in protecting the homeland. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, joined in co-sponsoring the bill.
“Homeland Security promotes economic security and vice versa. With more than 85 percent of critical infrastructure owned by the private sector, DHS needs a robust mechanism to understand the needs of the private sector,” said Rep. Clawson. “H.R. 5712 is important legislation that will clearly focus the department on activities that will have a measurable impact on our security and our economy. Having come to the Congress as a former CEO, this is the kind of partnership our marketplace needs to help our economy grow.”
H.R. 5712 seeks to improve private sector engagement by:
- Requiring DHS to analyze and report on the economic impact of changes in homeland security policy including all new regulations
- Directing the department to determine what actions are needed to reduce associated burdens on the private sector including unnecessary barriers to private sector job creation
- Authorizing the Private Sector Office for four years with the streamlined functions of economic impact analysis and business liaison responsibilities
- Authorizing the Loaned Executive Program to provide top executive-level and subject matter experts from the private sector an opportunity to share their expertise with DHS
- Requiring the department to coordinate private sector efforts, with respect to functions of the department and throughout all department components, to identify private sector resources and capabilities that could be effective in augmenting Federal, State, and local government agency efforts to prevent or respond to an incident
- Requiring DHS to promote existing public-private partnerships and develop new public-private partnerships to address homeland security challenge
- Putting accountability mechanisms in place such as a strategic plan with objective outcome-based performance metrics to be validated by the GAO
- Preventing the Private Sector Office from duplicating procurement liaison functions
The full text of H.R. 5712 is available HERE.