Summary: H.R.6438 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (09/04/2018)

DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate a DHS official as the Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Coordinator to coordinate with relevant DHS offices and components on the development of policies and plans to counter threats associated with UAS, including:

  • countering UAS that may be used in a terrorist attack;
  • promoting research and development of counter UAS technologies;
  • ensuring the dissemination of information and guidance related to countering such threats; and
  • serving as the DHS point of contact for federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement entities and the private sector regarding DHS activities to counter UAS.

The coordinator shall: (1) ensure that activities for identifying, assessing, or defeating a UAS are carried out in accordance with applicable federal laws; and (2) serve as the principal DHS official for disseminating information regarding counter-UAS technology to the private sector.