H. Rept. 112-719 - 112th Congress (2011-2012)
December 21, 2012, As Reported by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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House Report 112-719 - OUTREACH TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING EMERGENCIES ACT

[House Report 112-719]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


112th Congress                                            Rept. 112-719
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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      OUTREACH TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING EMERGENCIES ACT

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 December  21, 2012.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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  Mr. Mica, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 5806]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 5806) to amend the Homeland 
Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the 
Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and 
coordination for outreach to people with disabilities during 
emergencies, and for other purposes, having considered the 
same, report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend 
that the bill as amended do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose of Legislation...........................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Legislative History and Consideration............................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     3
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     3
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     3
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     4
Advisory of Earmarks.............................................     4
Federal Mandate Statement........................................     4
Preemption Clarification.........................................     4
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     4
Applicability of Legislative Branch..............................     4
Section-by-Section Analysis of Legislation.......................     5
Changes in Existing Law made by the Bill, as Reported............     5
    The amendment is as follows:
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Outreach to People With Disabilities 
During Emergencies Act''.

SEC. 2. GUIDANCE AND COORDINATION FOR OUTREACH TO PEOPLE WITH 
                    DISABILITIES.

  (a) In General.--Title V of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 
U.S.C. 311 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new 
section:

``SEC. 526. GUIDANCE AND COORDINATION FOR OUTREACH TO PEOPLE WITH 
                    DISABILITIES.

  ``To enhance domestic preparedness for a natural disaster, act of 
terrorism, or other man-made disaster, the Administrator of the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, through the Disability Coordinator in 
section 513, shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate 
individuals, officials, and organizations for outreach to people with 
disabilities during a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-
made disaster.''.
  (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents in section 1(b) of the 
Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by adding after the item 
relating to section 525 the following new item:

``Sec. 526. Guidance and coordination for outreach to people with 
disabilities.''.

                         Purpose of Legislation

    H.R. 5806 would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to 
require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency to provide guidance and coordination for outreach to 
people with disabilities during emergencies, and for other 
purposes.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    H.R. 5806, the Outreach to People with Disabilities During 
Emergencies Act, would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 
to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for 
outreach to people with disabilities during a natural disaster, 
act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, and for other 
purposes.
    H.R. 5806 would require the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency (FEMA) to provide guidance to and coordinate with 
individuals, officials, and organizations to outreach to people 
with disabilities during a disaster.

                                Hearings

    No hearings were held on H.R. 5806.

                 Legislative History and Consideration

    On May 17, 2012, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, introduced 
H.R. 5806, the ``Outreach to People With Disabilities During 
Emergencies Act''. H.R. 5806 has one co-sponsor.
    On August 1, 2012, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session. An amendment was offered by 
Congresswoman Richardson to make clarifications to the bill and 
ensure consistency with existing law. The amendment was adopted 
by voice vote and the Committee ordered the bill, as amended, 
reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a quorum 
present.

                            Committee Votes

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives 
requires each committee report to include the total number of 
votes cast for and against on each record vote on a motion to 
report and on any amendment offered to the measure or matter, 
and the names of those members voting for and against. There 
were no record votes taken in connection with consideration of 
H.R. 5806, or ordering the bill reported. An amendment was 
offered by Ms. Richardson and adopted by voice vote. A motion 
to order H.R. 5806 as amended reported favorably to the House 
was agreed to by voice vote with a quorum present.

                      Committee Oversight Findings

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

               New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the 
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is 
included in this report.

               Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 5806 from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                      U.S. Congress
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                   Washington, DC, August 23, 2012.
Hon. John L. Mica,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
                          House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 5806, the Outreach 
to People With Disabilities During Emergencies Act.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Daniel 
Hoople.
            Sincerely,
                                              Douglas W. Elmendorf.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 5806--Outreach to People With Disabilities During Emergencies Act

    H.R. 5806 would direct the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency (FEMA) to provide outreach to people with disabilities 
during a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made 
disaster. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5806 would have 
no significant impact on the federal budget.
    The legislation would direct the disability coordinator of 
FEMA to provide guidance and to coordinate with individuals, 
officials, and organizations to provide outreach to people with 
disabilities during a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or 
other man-made disaster. CBO does not expect that implementing 
this legislation would result in a significant change to the 
activities or expenditures currently undertaken by the agency 
over the next five years.
    Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation 
because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.
    H.R. 5806 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Daniel Hoople. 
The estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                    Performance Goals and Objectives

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goal and objective of this legislation is to amend 
the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator 
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance 
and coordination for outreach to people with disabilities 
during a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made 
disaster.

                          Advisory of Earmarks

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee is required to include a list 
of congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited 
tariff benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of 
rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. No 
provision in the bill includes an earmark, limited tax benefit, 
or limited tariff benefit under clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of 
rule XXI.

                       Federal Mandate Statement

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the ``Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act'' (P.L. 104-4).

                        Preemption Clarification

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 5806 does not 
preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      Advisory Committee Statement

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

                  Applicability Of 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 (P.L. 104-1).

               Section-by-Section Analysis of Legislation


Section 1. Short title

    This section establishes the short title as the Outreach to 
People With Disabilities During Emergencies Act.

Section 2. Guidance and coordination for Outreach to People with 
        Disabilities

    This section amends Title V of the Homeland Security Act of 
2002 by adding at the end a new section that would require FEMA 
to provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate 
individuals, officials, and organizations to implement plans 
for outreach to people with disabilities during a natural 
disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.

         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 (new matter is 
printed in italic and existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

                     HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

  (a) * * *
  (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is 
as follows:
     * * * * * * *

                 TITLE V--NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

     * * * * * * *
Sec. 526. Guidance and coordination for outreach to people with 
          disabilities.

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


TITLE V--NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


SEC. 526. GUIDANCE AND COORDINATION FOR OUTREACH TO PEOPLE WITH 
                    DISABILITIES.

  To enhance domestic preparedness for a natural disaster, act 
of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, the Administrator of 
the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the Disability 
Coordinator in section 513, shall provide guidance to and 
coordinate with appropriate individuals, officials, and 
organizations for outreach to people with disabilities during a 
natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.

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