DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BLUE CAMPAIGN AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 160
(Senate - October 05, 2017)

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   DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BLUE CAMPAIGN AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 
                                  2017

   Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the 
Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of Calendar No. 221, S. 
1103.
   The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the bill by title.
   The senior assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

        A bill (S. 1103) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 
     2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue 
     Department-wide guidance and to develop training programs as 
     part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, 
     and for other purposes.

   There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.
   Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill 
be considered read a third time and passed and the motion to reconsider 
be considered made and laid upon the table.
   The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
   The bill (S. 1103) was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, 
was read the third time, and passed, as follows:

                                S. 1103

       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 ``Department of Homeland 
     Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017''.

     SEC. 2. ENHANCED DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY COORDINATION 
                   THROUGH THE BLUE CAMPAIGN.

       (a) In General.--Subtitle C of title IV of the Homeland 
     Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 231 et seq.) is amended by 
     adding at the end the following:

     ``SEC. 434. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BLUE CAMPAIGN.

       ``(a) Definition.--In this section, the term `human 
     trafficking' means an act or practice described in paragraph 
     (9) or (10) of section 103 of the Trafficking Victims 
     Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102).
       ``(b) Establishment.--There is established within the 
     Department a program, which shall be known as the `Blue 
     Campaign'. The Blue Campaign shall be headed by a Director, 
     who shall be appointed by the Secretary.
       ``(c) Purpose.--The purpose of the Blue Campaign shall be 
     to unify and coordinate Department efforts to address human 
     trafficking.
       ``(d) Responsibilities.--The Secretary, working through the 
     Director, shall, in accordance with subsection (e)--
       ``(1) issue Department-wide guidance to appropriate 
     Department personnel;
       ``(2) develop training programs for such personnel; and
       ``(3) coordinate departmental efforts, including training 
     for such personnel.
       ``(e) Guidance and Training.--The Blue Campaign shall 
     provide guidance and training to appropriate Department 
     personnel and other Federal, State, tribal, and law 
     enforcement personnel, as appropriate regarding--
       ``(1) programs to help identify instances of human 
     trafficking;
       ``(2) the types of information that should be collected and 
     recorded in information technology systems utilized by the 
     Department to help identify individuals suspected or 
     convicted of human trafficking;
       ``(3) systematic and routine information sharing within the 
     Department and among Federal, State, tribal, and local law 
     enforcement agencies regarding--
       ``(A) individuals suspected or convicted of human 
     trafficking; and
       ``(B) patterns and practices of human trafficking;
       ``(4) techniques to identify suspected victims of 
     trafficking along the United States border and at airport 
     security checkpoints;
       ``(5) methods to be used by the Transportation Security 
     Administration and personnel from other appropriate 
     agencies--
       ``(A) to train employees of the Transportation Security 
     Administration to identify suspected victims of trafficking; 
     and
       ``(B) to serve as a liaison and resource regarding human 
     trafficking prevention to appropriate State, local, and 
     private sector aviation workers and the traveling public;
       ``(6) utilizing resources, such as indicator cards, fact 
     sheets, pamphlets, posters, brochures, and radio and 
     television campaigns--
       ``(A) to educate partners and stakeholders; and
       ``(B) to increase public awareness of human trafficking;
       ``(7) leveraging partnerships with State and local 
     governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector 
     organizations to raise public awareness of human trafficking; 
     and
       ``(8) any other activities the Secretary determines 
     necessary to carry out the Blue Campaign.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents of the 
     Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296) is amended 
     by inserting after the item relating to section 433 the 
     following:


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``Sec. 434. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign.''.

     SEC. 3. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.

       Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure, in 
     accordance with the Department of Homeland Security-wide 
     guidance required under section 434(d) of the Homeland 
     Security Act of 2002, as added by section 2, the integration 
     of information technology systems utilized within the 
     Department to record and track information regarding 
     individuals suspected or convicted of human trafficking.

     SEC. 4. REPORT.

       Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit a 
     report to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 
     Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security 
     of the House of Representatives that--
       (1) describes the status and effectiveness of the 
     Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign; and
       (2) provides a recommendation regarding the appropriate 
     office within the Department of Homeland Security for the 
     Blue Campaign.

     SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

       There is authorized to be appropriated $819,000 to carry 
     out section 434 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as 
     added by section 2.

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