Text: H.R.7343 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (12/19/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7343


To require the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to jointly establish a robocaller bounty pilot program, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 19, 2018

Mr. Graves of Louisiana (for himself and Mr. Crist) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To require the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to jointly establish a robocaller bounty pilot program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Robocaller bounty pilot program.

(a) Establishment.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission shall jointly establish a robocaller bounty pilot program to reduce violations of section 227 of the Communications Act of 1947 (47 U.S.C. 227) and the do-not-call registry.

(b) Requirements.—In establishing the pilot program under subsection (a), the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission shall jointly—

(1) provide monetary compensation for the identification, apprehension, and prevention of future robocalls and fraudulent callers;

(2) develop an expeditious process for participants in the pilot program to submit an expedited background check, as determined by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and approval for participation into the program;

(3) develop a fee-sharing structure for participants to share in funds recovered from violations in addition to payment for participation in program;

(4) consult with the Attorney General on how to ensure participants of the pilot program are protected from prosecution for specific activities authorized under the pilot program;

(5) award competitive contracts as necessary to manage the pilot program and for addressing the vulnerabilities identified as a consequence of the pilot program; and

(6) solicit interested persons, including the private sector, about the structure of the pilot program and constructive feedback.

(c) Report.—Not later than 90 days after the date on which the pilot program is complete, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission shall submit a joint report to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Judiciary of the Senate. The report shall include the following:

(1) The number of individuals and companies that were approved and received compensation.

(2) The number of identified and apprehended robocallers.

(3) The number of identified vulnerabilities in existing law, apprehension, and enforcement of robocallers.

(4) The number of resulting prosecutions.

(5) The recommendations for overseas identification and apprehension of robocallers.

(6) The obstacles encountered with apprehending robocallers and any other lessons learned from the pilot program.

(7) The payouts per participant.


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