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116th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 4889

 To improve communication between the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
                  and State law enforcement agencies.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            October 28, 2019

 Mr. Steube (for himself, Mr. Cisneros, Mr. Balderson, Mr. Turner, Mr. 
 Diaz-Balart, Mr. Yoho, and Mr. Gaetz) introduced the following bill; 
          which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
 To improve communication between the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
                  and State law enforcement agencies.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Threat Information Protocol for 
Sharing Act of 2019''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Appropriate recipients.--The term ``appropriate 
        recipients'', with respect to a State, means--
                    (A) the primary law enforcement agency of the 
                State; and
                    (B) the State fusion center (as described in 
                section 210A of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 
                U.S.C. 124h)).
            (2) Bureau.--The term ``Bureau'' means the Federal Bureau 
        of Investigation.
            (3) Criminal event.--The term ``criminal event'' means a 
        misdemeanor or felony offense under Federal or State law 
        resulting in a criminal arrest recorded in the National Crime 
        Information Center of the Bureau.
            (4) National tip line.--The term ``national tip line'', 
        with respect to the Bureau, means--
                    (A) the online electronic tip form maintained by 
                the Bureau; and
                    (B) any toll-free telephone number maintained by 
                the Bureau.
            (5) State.--The term ``State'' means each of the several 
        States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto 
        Rico, and any other territory or possession of the United 
        States.

SEC. 3. FBI MONTHLY REPORT TO STATES.

    (a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
enactment of this Act, and each month thereafter, the Director of the 
Bureau shall submit to the appropriate recipients for a State a report 
that describes all information received by the Bureau through the 
national tip line relating to an individual or threat in the State 
during the preceding month.
    (b) Contents.--The report submitted to the appropriate recipients 
for a State under subsection (a) shall contain all information provided 
to the Bureau through the national tip line relating to an individual 
or threat in the State, including--
            (1) the name of each individual identified;
            (2) the nature of each threat reported;
            (3) the location of each threat reported;
            (4) the date on which the Bureau received the information; 
        and
            (5) the action taken by the Bureau, if any.

SEC. 4. PROGRAM INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

    (a) Annual Reporting.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
enactment of this Act, and each year thereafter, the Director of the 
Bureau shall submit to Congress a report detailing, for the preceding 
year--
            (1) the total number of reports received through the 
        national tip line relating to an individual or threat; and
            (2) the total number of reports submitted to the 
        appropriate recipients for each State under section 3(a).
    (b) Accountability Reporting.--Not later than September 30 of the 
year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act, and each year 
thereafter, the Director of the Bureau shall submit to Congress a 
report detailing, for the preceding year--
            (1) the total number of criminal events that took place 
        during the year involving an individual or threat that had been 
        the subject of a report received through the national tip line 
        prior to the criminal event;
            (2) any action taken by the Bureau--
                    (A) after the Bureau received a report described in 
                paragraph (1); and
                    (B) before the related criminal event described in 
                paragraph (1) occurred; and
            (3) for each criminal event described in paragraph (1) with 
        respect to which the Bureau did not take action after receiving 
        the related report and before the criminal event occurred, the 
        accountability measures employed by the Bureau to address the 
        failure to investigate the report, including any discipline, 
        suspension, or termination of an employee of the Bureau.
    (c) Government Accountability Office Report.--
            (1) Review.--Not later than 60 days after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United 
        States shall initiate a review of the processes and procedures 
        of the Bureau relating to the operation of the national tip 
        line.
            (2) Report.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United 
        States shall submit to Congress a report based on the review 
        conducted under paragraph (1) that includes--
                    (A) the manner in which the Bureau catalogues or 
                records information upon receipt through the national 
                tip line;
                    (B) the manner in which the Bureau evaluates 
                information described in subparagraph (A) for further 
                review;
                    (C) the frequency with which the evaluation of 
                information described in subparagraph (B) leads to 
                further review or investigation by the Bureau or 
                appropriate recipients for a State;
                    (D) the manner in which the Bureau refers 
                information to appropriate recipients for a State for 
                further review or investigation; and
                    (E) any recommended improvements to the processes 
                and procedures of the Bureau relating to the operation 
                of the national tip line.
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