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112th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     112-648

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                  REPORTING EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT ACT

                                _______
                                

 September 10, 2012.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

Mr. Smith of Texas, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 6189]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the 
bill (H.R. 6189) to eliminate unnecessary reporting 
requirements for unfunded programs under the Office of Justice 
Programs, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page

Purpose and Summary..............................................     1
Background and Need for the Legislation..........................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Committee Consideration..........................................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     2
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     3
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     3
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     4
Advisory on Earmarks.............................................     4
Section-by-Section Analysis......................................     4
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     4

                          Purpose and Summary

    H.R. 6189, the ``Reporting Efficiency Improvement Act,'' 
(hereinafter ``the Bill'') will eliminate statutory 
requirements for the Attorney General to make annual reports 
regarding two unfunded, dormant programs that previously were 
administered by the Office of Justice Programs in the 
Department of Justice.

                Background and Need for the Legislation

    The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 
2010 requires agencies to identify plans and reports that may 
be outdated or duplicative, and to ``consult with the 
congressional committees that receive the plans and reports . . 
. to determine whether those plans and reports are no longer 
useful to the committees and could be eliminated. . . .''\1\ 
The Department of Justice recommends eliminating both of the 
reports covered by the Bill.
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    \1\111 P.L. 352, Sec. 11(b), codified at 31 U.S.C. Sec. 1125(a)(3).
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    The ``DNA Identification Act of 1994'' authorized 
appropriations for the Attorney General to make grants to 
states ``to develop or improve the capability to analyze [DNA] 
in a forensic laboratory.''\2\ The reporting requirements 
eliminated by the Bill require states receiving grants to 
report to the Attorney General how the funds are spent; the 
Attorney General, in turn, must make summary reports annually 
to Congress.\3\ These reporting requirements are no longer 
necessary because Congress has not made any appropriations for 
these grants since FY2003.
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    \2\103 P.L. 322, Sec. 210302(c), codified at 42 U.S.C. Sec. 3796kk.
    \3\See 42 U.S.C. Sec. 3796kk-5.
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    The ``Police Corps Act'' authorized appropriations to 
increase the number of police officers on community patrol, 
including through educational assistance.\4\ The reporting 
requirement eliminated by the Bill requires the Director of the 
Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education at the 
Department of Justice to file annual reports documenting the 
program's status.\5\ This reporting requirement is no longer 
necessary because Congress has not made any appropriations for 
these grants since FY2005.
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    \4\See 103 P.L. 322, Title XX, Subtitle A, codified at 42 U.S.C. 
Sec. 14091.
    \5\See 42 U.S.C. Sec. 14102.
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                                Hearings

    The Committee on the Judiciary held no hearings on H.R. 
6189.

                        Committee Consideration

    On August 1, 2012, the Committee met in open session and 
ordered the bill H.R. 6189 favorably reported without 
amendment, by voice vote, a quorum being present.

                            Committee Votes

    In compliance with clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee advises that there 
were no recorded votes during the Committee's consideration of 
H.R. 6189.

                      Committee Oversight Findings

    In compliance with clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee advises that the 
findings and recommendations of the Committee, based on 
oversight activities under clause 2(b)(1) of rule X of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, are incorporated in the 
descriptive portions of this report.

               New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives is inapplicable because this legislation does 
not provide new budgetary authority or increased tax 
expenditures.

               Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate

    In compliance with clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee sets forth, with 
respect to the bill, H.R. 6189, the following estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                   Washington, DC, August 28, 2012.
Hon. Lamar Smith, Chairman,
Committee on the Judiciary,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 6189, the 
``Reporting Efficiency Improvement Act.''
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Mark 
Grabowicz, who can be reached at 226-2860.
            Sincerely,
                                      Douglas W. Elmendorf,
                                                  Director.

Enclosure

cc:
        Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
        Ranking Member




            H.R. 6189--Reporting Efficiency Improvement Act.

      As ordered reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary 
                           on August 1, 2012.




    H.R. 6189 would eliminate two annual reports that the 
Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently required to submit to 
the Congress. The reports are related to DOJ programs that have 
not been funded for many years, so the department has not 
prepared those reports recently. Thus, CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 6189 would have no significant effect on DOJ 
spending. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or 
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    H.R. 6189 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect the budgets of State, local, or tribal 
governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Mark Grabowicz. 
The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                    Performance Goals and Objectives

    The Committee states that pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, H.R. 
6189 will eliminate reporting requirements for two unfunded, 
dormant programs that previously were administered by the 
Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice.

                          Advisory on Earmarks

    In accordance with clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, H.R. 6189 does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of Rule XXI.

                      Section-by-Section Analysis

    The following discussion describes the bill as reported by 
the Committee.
    Sec. 1. Short Title. Establishes that the Act may be cited 
as the ``Reporting Efficiency Improvement Act.''
    Sec. 2. Elimination of Reports for Unfunded Programs Under 
the Office of Justice Programs. Section 2(a) eliminates the 
reporting requirements for grants made under the ``DNA 
Identification Act of 1994,'' at 42 U.S.C. Sec. 3796kk-5(b). 
Section 2(b) eliminates the reporting requirement for grants 
made under the ``Police Corps Act,'' at 42 U.S.C. Sec. 14102.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets and 
existing law in which no change is proposed is shown in roman):

              OMNIBUS CRIME CONTROL AND SAFE STREETS ACT 
                                OF 1968



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TITLE I--JUSTICE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT

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PART X--DNA IDENTIFICATION GRANTS

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SEC. 2406. REPORTS.

    [(a) Reports to Attorney General.--] Each State or unit of 
local government which receives a grant under this part shall 
submit to the Attorney General, for each year in which funds 
from a grant received under this part is expended, a report at 
such time and in such manner as the Attorney General may 
reasonably require which contains--
            (1) * * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    [(b) Reports to Congress.--Not later than 90 days after the 
end of each fiscal year for which grants are made under this 
part, the Attorney General shall submit to the Speaker of the 
House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the 
Senate, a report that includes--
            [(1) the aggregate amount of grants made under this 
        part to each State or unit of local government for such 
        fiscal year; and
            [(2) a summary of the information provided in 
        compliance with subsection (a)(1).]

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                 SECTION 200113 OF THE POLICE CORPS ACT

[SEC. 200113. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.

    [(a) In General.--Not later than April 1 of each year, the 
Director shall submit a report to the Attorney General, the 
President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the 
President of the Senate.
    [(b) Contents.--A report under subsection (a) shall--
            [(1) state the number of current and past 
        participants in the Police Corps program, broken down 
        according to the levels of educational study in which 
        they are engaged and years of service they have served 
        on police forces (including service following 
        completion of the 4-year service obligation);
            [(2) describe the geographic, racial, and gender 
        dispersion of participants in the Police Corps program; 
        and
            [(3) describe the progress of the Police Corps 
        program and make recommendations for changes in the 
        program.]