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109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    109-259

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 RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO 
PROVIDE CERTAIN INFORMATION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RELATING TO 
                THE REAPPORTIONMENT OF AIRPORT SCREENERS

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  October 28, 2005.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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    Mr. King of New York, from the Committee on Homeland Security, 
                        submitted the following

                             ADVERSE REPORT

                       [To accompany H. Res. 463]

    The Committee on Homeland Security, to whom was referred 
the resolution (H. Res. 463) of inquiry directing the Secretary 
of Homeland Security to provide certain information to the 
House of Representatives relating to the reapportionment of 
airport screeners, having considered the same, report 
unfavorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the 
resolution not be agreed to.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose and Summary..............................................     1
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Committee Consideration..........................................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     2
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............     2
New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures     2
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     3
Constitutional Authority Statement...............................     3
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................     3
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................     3
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     3

                          PURPOSE AND SUMMARY

    The purpose of H. Res. 463, is to direct the Secretary of 
Homeland Security to furnish the House of Representatives, not 
later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this 
resolution, all documents and records in his possession 
relating to the review of the screener allocation model of the 
Transportation Security Administration and the subsequent 
reapportionment of airport screeners employed by the 
Transportation Security Administration, which was announced on 
or around July 26, 2005.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    On July 26th, 2005, the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) announced a major reallocation of airport 
screeners across the country. TSA notified airports of the 
changes but did not provide supporting documentation to explain 
its methodology. Several Members of the House of 
Representatives requested further information, and TSA offered 
to officially brief Members on the methodology behind the new 
screener allocations. The offer was not initially accepted by 
several Members, but TSA has subsequently briefed all Members 
that voiced concerns.

                                HEARINGS

    No Committee hearings were held on H. Res. 463.

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    H. Res. 463 was introduced by Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Holden, 
Ms. Hooley, Mr. Watt, Mr. Cooper, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Wu, Mr. 
Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Ford, Mr. Snyder, Mr. 
Grijalva, Mr. Pastor, and Mr. Terry on September 27, 2005 and 
referred solely to the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Res. 
463 was retained at the Full Committee for consideration.
    On October 26, 2005, the Full Committee met in open markup 
session ordered H. Res. 463 unfavorably reported to the House 
of Representatives, by voice vote, a quorum being present.

                            COMMITTEE VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires the Committee to list the record votes 
on the motion to report legislation and amendments thereto.
    No recorded votes were requested on H. Res. 463.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    The Committee has not held any oversight hearings on this 
measure and makes no oversight findings pursuant to clause 
3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

         STATEMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    The purpose of H. Res. 463 is to direct the Secretary of 
Homeland Security to provide certain information to the House 
of Representatives relating to the reapportionment of airport 
screeners.

   NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY, ENTITLEMENT AUTHORITY, AND TAX EXPENDITURES

    In compliance with clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee finds that H. 
Res. 463, would result in no new or increased budget authority, 
entitlement authority, or tax expenditures or revenues.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this 
legislation.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee finds that the 
Constitutional authority for this legislation is provided in 
Article I, section 8, clause 1, which grants Congress the power 
to provide for the common Defense of the United States.

                  APPLICABILITY TO LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act.

             SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF THE LEGISLATION

    The Resolution directs the Secretary of Homeland Security 
to furnish the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days 
after the date of the adoption of the resolution, all documents 
and records in his possession relating to the review of the 
screener allocation model of the Transportation Security 
Administration and the subsequent reapportionment of airport 
screeners employed by the Transportation Security 
Administration, which was announced on or around July 26, 2005.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    No changes are made to existing law as a result of H. Res. 
463.