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Passed House amended (09/05/2002)

Dam Safety and Security Act of 2002 - Amends the National Dam Safety Program Act to direct the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety to encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective Federal (currently, Federal and State) programs, policies, and guidelines intended to enhance dam safety.

(Sec. 3) Requires the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prepare a strategic plan to establish: (1) goals, priorities, and target dates to improve dam safety; and (2) cooperation and coordination with, and assistance to, interested State governmental entities.

Requires the Director to: (1) provide assistance to assist States in establishing, maintaining, and improving dam safety programs; and (2) establish the National Dam Safety Review Board to monitor State implementation (authorized under current law), to monitor the safety of dams in the United States, and to advise the Director on national dam safety policy. Provides for participation of representatives from Federal or State agencies or dam safety experts as nonvoting members in Board meetings.

(Sec. 4) Requires technical and archival research to support: (1) development and maintenance of information resources systems needed to support managing dam safety; and (2) initiatives to guide the formulation of effective public policy and advance improvements in dam safety engineering, security, and management.

(Sec. 5) Requires the Director, at the request of any State that has or intends to develop a State dam safety program, to provide training for State dam safety staff and inspectors.

(Sec. 7) Increases and extends through FY 2006 the authorization of appropriations for the national dam safety program, national dam research, and dam safety training and staffing requirements.