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114th Congress    }                                       {     Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session       }                                       {    114-899

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    SUMMARY ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND 
                 INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

  December 30, 2016.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

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

                                 REPORT

       JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND 
                             INFRASTRUCTURE


    The jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, as prescribed by clause 1(r) of rule X of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, is as follows:
    (1) Coast Guard, including lifesaving service, lighthouses, 
lightships, ocean derelicts, and the Coast Guard Academy.
    (2) Federal management of emergencies and natural 
disasters.
    (3) Flood control and improvement of rivers and harbors.
    (4) Inland waterways.
    (5) Inspection of merchant marine vessels, lights and 
signals, lifesaving equipment, and fire protection on such 
vessels.
    (6) Navigation and laws relating thereto, including 
pilotage.
    (7) Registering and licensing of vessels and small boats.
    (8) Rules and international arrangements to prevent 
collisions at sea.
    (9) The Capitol Building and the Senate and House Office 
Buildings.
    (10) Construction or maintenance of roads and post roads 
(other than appropriations therefor).
    (11) Construction or reconstruction, maintenance, and care 
of buildings and grounds of the Botanic Garden, the Library of 
Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
    (12) Merchant marine (except for national security aspects 
thereof).
    (13) Purchase of sites and construction of post offices, 
customhouses, Federal courthouses, and Government buildings 
within the District of Columbia.
    (14) Oil and other pollution of navigable waters, including 
inland, coastal, and ocean waters.
    (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone management, as 
they relate to oil and other pollution of navigable waters.
    (16) Public buildings and occupied or improved grounds of 
the United States generally.
    (17) Public works for the benefit of navigation, including 
bridges and dams (other than international bridges and dams).
    (18) Related transportation regulatory agencies (except the 
Transportation Security Administration).
    (19) Roads and the safety thereof.
    (20) Transportation, including civil aviation, railroads, 
water transportation, transportation safety (except automobile 
safety and transportation security functions of the Department 
of Homeland Security), transportation infrastructure, 
transportation labor, and railroad retirement and unemployment 
(except revenue measures related thereto).
    (21) Water power.

  RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, UNITED 
            STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 114TH CONGRESS


                       (Adopted January 27, 2015)


Rule I. General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.----
          (1) In general.--The Rules of the House are the rules 
        of the Committee and its subcommittees so far as 
        applicable, except that a motion to recess from day to 
        day, and a motion to dispense with the first reading 
        (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed copies 
        are available, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
        the Committee and its subcommittees.
          (2) Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee is part of the 
        Committee, and is subject to the authority and 
        direction of the Committee and its rules so far as 
        applicable.
          (3) Incorporation of House Rule on Committee 
        procedure.--Rule XI of the Rules of the House, which 
        pertains entirely to Committee procedure, is 
        incorporated and made a part of the rules of the 
        Committee to the extent applicable. Pursuant to clause 
        2(a)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman of the Committee is authorized to offer a 
        motion under clause 1 of Rule XXII of the Rules of the 
        House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.
  (b) Publication of Rules.--Pursuant to clause 2(a) of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House, the Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chairman 
is elected in each odd-numbered year.
  (c) Vice Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint a vice 
chairman of the Committee and of each subcommittee. If the 
Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee is not present at any 
meeting of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, 
the vice chairman shall preside. If the vice chairman is not 
present, the ranking member of the majority party on the 
Committee or subcommittee who is present shall preside at that 
meeting.

Rule II. Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

  (a) Regular Meetings.--Regular meetings of the Committee 
shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month to transact 
its business unless such day is a holiday, or the House is in 
recess or is adjourned, in which case the Chairman shall 
determine the regular meeting day of the Committee for that 
month. A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed with 
if, in the judgment of the Chairman, there is no need for the 
meeting. This paragraph shall not apply to meetings of any 
subcommittee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chairman may call and 
convene, as he or she considers necessary, additional meetings 
of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Special Meetings.--If at least three members of the 
Committee desire that a special meeting of the Committee be 
called by the Chairman, those members may file in the offices 
of the Committee their written request to the Chairman for that 
special meeting. Such request shall specify the measure or 
matter to be considered. Immediately upon the filing of the 
request, the clerk of the Committee shall notify the Chairman 
of the filing of the request. If, within 3 calendar days after 
the filing of the request, the Chairman does not call the 
requested special meeting to be held within 7 calendar days 
after the filing of the request, a majority of the members of 
the Committee may file in the offices of the Committee their 
written notice that a special meeting of the Committee will be 
held, specifying the date and hour thereof, and the measure or 
matter to be considered at that special meeting. The Committee 
shall meet on that date and hour. Immediately upon the filing 
of the notice, the clerk of the Committee shall notify all 
members of the Committee that such meeting will be held and 
inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered; and only the measure or matter specified in that 
notice may be considered at that special meeting. Such notice 
shall also be made publicly available in electronic form and 
shall be deemed to satisfy paragraph (d)(1).
    (d) Notice.----
          (1) Minimum notice period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting, which may not commence earlier 
        than the third day on which members have notice 
        thereof.
          (2) Changes in meeting times.--A meeting may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the meeting sooner or the Committee 
        or subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a 
        quorum being present for the transaction of business. 
        The Chairman shall make a public announcement of the 
        meeting time change at the earliest possible 
        opportunity.
          (3) Notification of Daily Digest Clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting is made under this paragraph.
    (e) Prohibition on Sitting During Joint Session.--The 
Committee may not sit during a joint session of the House and 
Senate or during a recess when a joint meeting of the House and 
Senate is in progress.

Rule III. Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) Minimum Period For Availability of Committee Markup 
Text.--Pursuant to clause 2(g)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House, the Chairman shall make publicly available, in 
electronic form, the text of any legislation to be marked up at 
least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a meeting for the 
markup of legislation, or at the time of a meeting announcement 
under paragraph (d)(2) of Committee Rule II if made within 24 
hours before such meeting.
    (b) Open Meetings.--Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, and each hearing 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall be open to the public, 
except as provided by clause 2(g) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House.
    (c) Meetings To Begin Promptly.--Each meeting or hearing of 
the Committee shall begin promptly at the time so stipulated in 
the public announcement of the meeting or hearing.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--Except as provided under 
paragraph (e) of Committee Rule VI, a Committee member may 
address the Committee or a subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration----
          (1) only when recognized by the Chairman for that 
        purpose; and
          (2) only for 5 minutes, or for a period of time 
        designated by the Chairman with concurrence of the 
        ranking minority member, until such time as each member 
        of the Committee or subcommittee who so desires has had 
        an opportunity to address the Committee or 
        subcommittee.
    A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the 
subject matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce 
this paragraph.
    (e) Participation of Members in Subcommittee Meetings and 
Hearings.--All members of the Committee who are not members of 
a particular subcommittee may, by unanimous consent of the 
members of such subcommittee, participate in any subcommittee 
meeting or hearing. However, a member who is not a member of 
the subcommittee may not vote on any matter before the 
subcommittee, be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, 
or raise points of order.
    (f) Broadcasting.--Whenever a meeting for the transaction 
of business, including the markup of legislation, or a hearing 
is open to the public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography in 
accordance with clause 4 of Rule XI of the Rules of the House. 
Operation and use of any Committee Internet broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House and all other 
applicable rules of the Committee and the House. Further, 
pursuant to clause 2(e)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Committee shall provide audio and video coverage of 
each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a 
manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings. The Committee shall also maintain the recordings 
of such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (g) Access to the Dais and Lounges.--Access to the hearing 
rooms' daises and to the lounges adjacent to the Committee 
hearing rooms shall be limited to Members of Congress and 
employees of Congress during a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee unless specifically permitted by the Chairman or 
ranking minority member.
    (h) Use of Cellular Telephones.--The use of cellular 
telephones in the Committee hearing room is prohibited during a 
meeting or hearing of the Committee.
    (i) Availability of Text of Amendments in Electronic 
Form.--Pursuant to clause 2(e) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of the amendment to be made 
publicly available in electronic form.

Rule IV. Power to Sit and Act; Power to Conduct Investigations; Oaths; 
        Subpoena Power

    (a) Authority To Sit and Act.--For the purpose of carrying 
out any of its functions and duties under Rules X and XI of the 
Rules of the House, the Committee and each of its 
subcommittees, is authorized (subject to paragraph (d)(1))----
          (1) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned and to hold such hearings; 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, and documents, as it deems 
        necessary.
    (b) Authority To Conduct Investigations.----
          (1) In general.--The Committee is authorized at any 
        time to conduct such investigations and studies as it 
        may consider necessary or appropriate in the exercise 
        of its responsibilities under Rule X of the Rules of 
        the House and (subject to the adoption of expense 
        resolutions as required by Rule X, clause 6 of the 
        Rules of the House) to incur expenses (including travel 
        expenses) in connection therewith.
          (2) Major investigations by subcommittees.--A 
        subcommittee may not begin a major investigation 
        without approval of a majority of such subcommittee.
    (c) Oaths.--The Chairman, or any member designated by the 
Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness.
    (d) Issuance of Subpoenas.----
          (1) In general.--A subpoena may be issued by the 
        Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) in the 
        conduct of any investigation or activity or series of 
        investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
        majority of the members voting, a majority being 
        present. Such authorized subpoenas shall be signed by 
        the Chairman of the Committee or by any member 
        designated by the Committee. If a specific request for 
        a subpoena has not been previously rejected by either 
        the Committee or subcommittee, the Chairman of the 
        Committee, after consultation with the ranking minority 
        member of the Committee, may authorize and issue a 
        subpoena under paragraph (a)(2) in the conduct of any 
        investigation or activity or series of investigations 
        or activities, and such subpoena shall for all purposes 
        be deemed a subpoena issued by the Committee. As soon 
        as practicable after a subpoena is issued under this 
        rule, the Chairman shall notify all members of the 
        Committee of such action.
          (2) Enforcement.--Compliance with any subpoena issued 
        by the Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) 
        may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the 
        House.
    (e) Expenses of Subpoenaed Witnesses.--Each witness who has 
been subpoenaed, upon the completion of his or her testimony 
before the Committee or any subcommittee, may report to the 
offices of the Committee, and there sign appropriate vouchers 
for travel allowances and attendance fees. If hearings are held 
in cities other than Washington, D.C., the witness may contact 
the counsel of the Committee, or his or her representative, 
before leaving the hearing room.

Rule V. Quorums and Record Votes; Postponement of Votes

    (a) Working Quorum.--One-third of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for 
taking any action other than the closing of a meeting pursuant 
to clauses 2(g) and 2(k)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the authorizing of a subpoena pursuant to paragraph (d) 
of Committee Rule IV, the reporting of a measure or 
recommendation pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of Committee Rule 
VII, and the actions described in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) 
of this rule.
    (b) Quorum for Reporting.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
reporting of a measure or recommendation.
    (c) Approval of Certain Matters.--A majority of the members 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum 
for approval of a resolution concerning any of the following 
actions:
          (1) A prospectus for construction, alteration, 
        purchase or acquisition of a public building or the 
        lease of space as required by section 3307 of title 40, 
        United States Code.
          (2) Survey investigation of a proposed project for 
        navigation, flood control, and other purposes by the 
        Corps of Engineers (section 4 of the Rivers and Harbors 
        Act of March 4, 1913, 33 U.S.C. 542).
          (3) Construction of a water resources development 
        project by the Corps of Engineers with an estimated 
        Federal cost not exceeding $15,000,000 (section 201 of 
        the Flood Control Act of 1965).
          (4) Deletion of water quality storage in a Federal 
        reservoir project where the benefits attributable to 
        water quality are 15 percent or more but not greater 
        than 25 percent of the total project benefits (section 
        65 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974).
          (5) Authorization of a Natural Resources Conservation 
        Service watershed project involving any single 
        structure of more than 4,000 acre feet of total 
        capacity (section 2 of P.L. 566, 83rd Congress).
    (d) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--Two members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence.
    (e) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present.
    (f) Postponement of Votes.----
          (1) In general.--In accordance with clause 2(h)(4) of 
        Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the 
        Committee or a subcommittee, after consultation with 
        the ranking minority member of the Committee or 
        subcommittee, may----
                  (A) postpone further proceedings when a 
                record vote is ordered on the question of 
                approving a measure or matter or on adopting an 
                amendment; and
                  (B) resume proceedings on a postponed 
                question at any time after reasonable notice.
          (2) Resumption of proceedings.--When proceedings 
        resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
        intervening order for the previous question, an 
        underlying proposition shall remain subject to further 
        debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
        question was postponed.
    (g) Availability of Record Votes in Electronic Form.--
Pursuant to clause 2(e)(1)(B)(i) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Chairman shall make the result of any record vote 
publicly available for inspection at reasonable times in the 
offices of the Committee and in electronic form within 48 hours 
of such record vote.

Rule VI. Hearing Procedures

    (a) Announcement of Hearing.----
          (1) Minimum notice period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing, which may not commence earlier 
        than the one week after such notice.
          (2) Changes in hearing times.--A hearing may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the hearing sooner or the Committee 
        so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present 
        for the transaction of business. The Chairman shall 
        make a public announcement of the hearing time change 
        at the earliest possible opportunity.
          (3) Notification of Daily Digest Clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing is made under this paragraph.
    (b) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.----
          (1) Filing of statement.--So far as practicable, each 
        witness who is to appear before the Committee or a 
        subcommittee shall file with the clerk of the Committee 
        or subcommittee, at least 2 working days before the day 
        of his or her appearance, a written statement of 
        proposed testimony. The Chairman, with the concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, may take the following 
        actions for failure to comply with this requirement: 
        (A) exclude such witness' written testimony from the 
        hearing record; (B) bar such witness' oral presentation 
        of the testimony; or (C) both (A) and (B). Each witness 
        shall limit his or her oral presentation to a summary 
        of the written statement.
          (2) Truth in testimony information.--Pursuant to 
        clause 2(g)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, in 
        the case of a witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
        capacity, a written statement of proposed testimony 
        shall include a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of 
        the amount and source of each Federal grant (or 
        subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract thereof), 
        or the amount and country of origin of any contract or 
        payment originating with a foreign government, received 
        during the current calendar year or either of the two 
        previous calendar years by the witness or by an entity 
        represented by the witness and related to the subject 
        matter of the hearing.
          (3) Availability of information in electronic form.--
        Statements filed under this paragraph, with appropriate 
        redaction to protect the privacy of the witness, shall 
        be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
        than 1 day after the witness appears.
    (c) Minority Witnesses.--When any hearing is conducted by 
the Committee or any subcommittee upon any measure or matter, 
the minority party members on the Committee or subcommittee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by a majority 
of those minority members before the completion of such 
hearing, to call witnesses selected by the minority to testify 
with respect to that measure or matter during at least 1 day of 
hearing thereon.
    (d) Summary of Subject Matter.--Upon announcement of a 
hearing, to the extent practicable, the Committee shall make 
available immediately to all members of the Committee a concise 
summary of the subject matter (including legislative reports 
and other material) under consideration. In addition, upon 
announcement of a hearing and subsequently as they are 
received, the Chairman shall make available to the members of 
the Committee any official reports from departments and 
agencies on such matter.
    (e) Opening Statements; Questioning of Witnesses.----
          (1) Opening Statements.----
                  (A) Chairman and Ranking Member.--At a 
                hearing of the Full Committee, the Chairman and 
                ranking minority member of the Committee shall 
                each be entitled to present an oral opening 
                statement of 5 minutes. At a hearing of a 
                subcommittee, the Chairman and ranking minority 
                member of the Committee and the Chairman and 
                ranking minority member of the subcommittee 
                shall each be entitled to present an opening 
                statement for 5 minutes.
                  (B) Other Members.--At a hearing of the Full 
                Committee or a subcommittee, other members of 
                the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, 
                may submit written opening statements for the 
                record. The Chairman presiding over the hearing 
                may permit oral opening statements by other 
                members of the Committee or subcommittee, as 
                appropriate, with the concurrence of the 
                ranking minority member.
          (2) Questioning of Witnesses.--The questioning of 
        witnesses in Committee and subcommittee hearings shall 
        be initiated by the Chairman, followed by the ranking 
        minority member and all other members alternating 
        between the majority and minority parties. In 
        recognizing members to question witnesses in this 
        fashion, the Chairman shall take into consideration the 
        ratio of the majority to minority members present and 
        shall establish the order of recognition for 
        questioning in such a manner as not to disadvantage the 
        members of the majority nor the members of the 
        minority. The Chairman may accomplish this by 
        recognizing two majority members for each minority 
        member recognized.
    (f) Procedures for Questions.----
          (1) In general.--A Committee member may question a 
        witness at a hearing----
                  (A) only when recognized by the Chairman for 
                that purpose; and
                  (B) subject to subparagraphs (2) and (3), 
                only for 5 minutes until such time as each 
                member of the Committee or subcommittee who so 
                desires has had an opportunity to question the 
                witness.
    A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the 
subject matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce 
this subparagraph.
          (2) Extended questioning of witnesses by members.--
        The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with 
        the concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit a 
        specified number of its members to question a witness 
        for longer than 5 minutes. The time for extended 
        questioning of a witness under this subdivision shall 
        be equal for the majority party and minority party and 
        may not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
          (3) Extended questioning of witnesses by staff.--The 
        Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with the 
        concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit 
        Committee staff for its majority and minority party 
        members to question a witness for equal specified 
        periods. The time for extended questioning of a witness 
        under this subdivision shall be equal for the majority 
        party and minority party and may not exceed one hour in 
        the aggregate.
          (4) Right to question witnesses following extended 
        questioning.--Nothing in subparagraph (2) or (3) 
        affects the right of a member (other than a member 
        designated under subparagraph (2)) to question a 
        witness for 5 minutes in accordance with subparagraph 
        (1)(B) after the questioning permitted under 
        subparagraph (2) or (3).
    (g) Additional Hearing Procedures.--Clause 2(k) of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House (relating to additional rules for 
hearings) applies to hearings of the Committee and its 
subcommittees.

Rule VII. Procedures for Reporting Bills, Resolutions, and Reports

    (a) Filing of Reports.----
          (1) In general.--The Chairman of the Committee shall 
        report promptly to the House any measure or matter 
        approved by the Committee and take necessary steps to 
        bring the measure or matter to a vote.
          (2) Requests for reporting.--The report of the 
        Committee on a measure or matter which has been 
        approved by the Committee shall be filed within 7 
        calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is 
        not in session) after the day on which there has been 
        filed with the clerk of the Committee a written 
        request, signed by a majority of the members of the 
        Committee, for the reporting of that measure or matter. 
        Upon the filing of any such request, the clerk of the 
        Committee shall transmit immediately to the Chairman of 
        the Committee notice of the filing of that request.
    (b) Quorum; Record Votes.----
          (1) Quorum.--No measure, matter, or recommendation 
        shall be reported from the Committee unless a majority 
        of the Committee was actually present.
          (2) Record votes.--With respect to each record vote 
        on a motion to report any measure or matter of a public 
        character, and on any amendment offered to the measure 
        or matter, the total number of votes cast for and 
        against, and the names of those members voting for and 
        against, shall be included in the Committee report on 
        the measure or matter.
    (c) Required Matters.--The report of the Committee on a 
measure or matter which has been approved by the Committee 
shall include the items required to be included by clauses 2(c) 
and 3 of Rule XIII of the Rules of the House.
    (d) Additional Views.--If, at the time of approval of any 
measure or matter by the Committee, any member of the Committee 
gives notice of intention to file supplemental, minority, 
additional, or dissenting views, all members shall be entitled 
to not less than 2 additional calendar days after the day of 
such notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) 
in which to file such written and signed views in accordance 
with clause 2(l) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House.
    (e) Activities Report.----
          (1) In general.--Not later than January 2 of each odd 
        numbered year, the Committee shall submit to the House 
        a report on the activities of the Committee.
          (2) Contents.--The report shall include----
                  (A) separate sections summarizing the 
                legislative and oversight activities of the 
                Committee under Rules X and XI of the Rules of 
                the House during the Congress;
                  (B) a summary of the oversight plans 
                submitted by the Committee under clause 2(d) of 
                Rule X of the Rules of the House;
                  (C) a summary of the actions taken and 
                recommendations made with respect to the 
                oversight plans specified in subdivision (B);
                  (D) a summary of any additional oversight 
                activities undertaken by the Committee and any 
                recommendations made or actions taken thereon; 
                and
                  (E) a delineation of any hearings held 
                pursuant to clauses 2(n), (o), or (p) of Rule 
                XI of the Rules of the House.
          (3) Filing.--After an adjournment sine die of the 
        last regular session of a Congress, or after December 
        15 of an even numbered year, whichever occurs first, 
        the Chairman may file the report described in 
        subparagraph (1) with the Clerk of the House at any 
        time and without approval of the Committee, provided 
        that----
                  (A) a copy of the report has been available 
                to each member of the Committee for at least 7 
                calendar days; and
                  (B) the report includes any supplemental, 
                minority, additional, or dissenting views 
                submitted by a member of the Committee.
    (f) Other Committee Materials.----
          (1) In general.--All Committee and subcommittee 
        prints, reports, documents, or other materials, not 
        otherwise provided for under this rule, that purport to 
        express publicly the views of the Committee or any of 
        its subcommittees or members of the Committee or its 
        subcommittees shall be approved by the Committee or the 
        subcommittee prior to printing and distribution and any 
        member shall be given an opportunity to have views 
        included as part of such material prior to printing, 
        release, and distribution in accordance with paragraph 
        (d) of this rule.
          (2) Documents containing views other than member 
        views.--A Committee or subcommittee document containing 
        views other than those of members of the Committee or 
        subcommittee shall not be published without approval of 
        the Committee or subcommittee.
          (3) Disclaimer.--All Committee or subcommittee 
        reports printed pursuant to legislative study or 
        investigation and not approved by a majority vote of 
        the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, shall 
        contain the following disclaimer on the cover of such 
        report: ``This report has not been officially adopted 
        by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
        (or pertinent subcommittee thereof) and may not 
        therefore necessarily reflect the views of its 
        members.''.
          (4) Compilations of laws.--To the maximum extent 
        practicable, the Committee shall publish a compilation 
        of laws under the jurisdiction of each subcommittee.
    (g) Availability of Publications.--Pursuant to clause 
2(e)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall make its publications available in electronic form to the 
maximum extent feasible.

Rule VIII. Establishment of Subcommittees; Size and Party Ratios

    (a) Establishment.--There shall be 6 standing 
subcommittees. These subcommittees, with the following sizes 
(including delegates) and majority/minority ratios, are:
          (1) Subcommittee on Aviation (35 Members: 20 Majority 
        and 15 Minority).
          (2) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation (17 Members: 10 Majority and 7 
        Minority).
          (3) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
        Buildings, and Emergency Management (17 Members: 10 
        Majority and 7 Minority).
          (4) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (49 Members: 
        28 Majority and 21 Minority).
          (5) Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
        Hazardous Materials (31 Members: 18 Majority and 13 
        Minority).
          (6) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
        (31 Members: 18 Majority and 13 Minority).
    (b) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee shall serve as ex officio voting 
members on each subcommittee.
    (c) Ratios.--On each subcommittee there shall be a ratio of 
majority party members to minority party members which shall be 
no less favorable to the majority party than the ratio for the 
Full Committee. In calculating the ratio of majority party 
members to minority party members, there shall be included the 
ex officio members of the subcommittees.

Rule IX. Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    (a) Authority To Sit.--Each subcommittee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive evidence, and report to the Full 
Committee on all matters referred to it or under its 
jurisdiction. Subcommittee chairmen shall set dates for 
hearings and meetings of their respective subcommittees after 
consultation with the Chairman and other subcommittee chairmen 
with a view toward avoiding simultaneous scheduling of Full 
Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings whenever 
possible.
    (b) Consideration by Committee.--Each bill, resolution, or 
other matter favorably reported by a subcommittee shall 
automatically be placed upon the agenda of the Committee. Any 
such matter reported by a subcommittee shall not be considered 
by the Committee unless it has been delivered to the offices of 
all members of the Committee at least 48 hours before the 
meeting, unless the Chairman determines that the matter is of 
such urgency that it should be given early consideration. Where 
practicable, such matters shall be accompanied by a comparison 
with present law and a section-by-section analysis.

Rule X. Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    (a) General Requirement.--Except where the Chairman of the 
Committee determines, in consultation with the majority members 
of the Committee, that consideration is to be by the Full 
Committee, each bill, resolution, investigation, or other 
matter which relates to a subject listed under the jurisdiction 
of any subcommittee established in Committee Rule VIII referred 
to or initiated by the Full Committee shall be referred by the 
Chairman to all subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction 
within two weeks. All bills shall be referred to the 
subcommittee of proper jurisdiction without regard to whether 
the author is or is not a member of the subcommittee.
    (b) Recall from Subcommittee.--A bill, resolution, or other 
matter referred to a subcommittee in accordance with this rule 
may be recalled therefrom at any time by a vote of a majority 
of the members of the Committee voting, a quorum being present, 
for the Committee's direct consideration or for reference to 
another subcommittee.
    (c) Multiple Referrals.--In carrying out this rule with 
respect to any matter, the Chairman may refer the matter 
simultaneously to two or more subcommittees for concurrent 
consideration or for consideration in sequence (subject to 
appropriate time limitations in the case of any subcommittee 
after the first), or divide the matter into two or more parts 
(reflecting different subjects and jurisdictions) and refer 
each such part to a different subcommittee, or make such other 
provisions as he or she considers appropriate.

Rule XI. Recommendation of Conferees

    The Chairman of the Committee shall recommend to the 
Speaker as conferees the names of those members (1) of the 
majority party selected by the Chairman, and (2) of the 
minority party selected by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee. Recommendations of conferees to the Speaker shall 
provide a ratio of majority party members to minority party 
members which shall be no less favorable to the majority party 
than the ratio for the Committee.

Rule XII. Oversight

    (a) Purpose.--The Committee shall carry out oversight 
responsibilities as provided in this rule in order to assist 
the House in----
          (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of----
                  (A) the application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of the laws 
                enacted by the Congress; or
                  (B) conditions and circumstances which may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation; and
          (2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of 
        such modifications or changes in those laws, and of 
        such additional legislation, as may be necessary or 
        appropriate.
    (b) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of each Congress, the Committee shall adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with clause 
2(d)(1) of Rule X of the Rules of the House.
    (c) Review of Laws and Programs.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study, 
on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee, and the organization and operation of the Federal 
agencies and entities having responsibilities in or for the 
administration and execution thereof, in order to determine 
whether such laws and the programs thereunder are being 
implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent of 
the Congress and whether such programs should be continued, 
curtailed, or eliminated. In addition, the Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
any conditions or circumstances which may indicate the 
necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
legislation within the jurisdiction of the Committee (whether 
or not any bill or resolution has been introduced with respect 
thereto), and shall on a continuing basis undertake future 
research and forecasting on matters within the jurisdiction of 
the Committee.
    (d) Review of Tax Policies.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
on a continuing basis the impact or probable impact of tax 
policies affecting subjects within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee.

Rule XIII. Review of Continuing Programs; Budget Act Provisions

    (a) Ensuring Annual Appropriations.--The Committee shall, 
in its consideration of all bills and joint resolutions of a 
public character within its jurisdiction, ensure that 
appropriations for continuing programs and activities of the 
Federal Government and the District of Columbia government will 
be made annually to the maximum extent feasible and consistent 
with the nature, requirements, and objectives of the programs 
and activities involved.
    (b) Review of Multi-Year Appropriations.--The Committee 
shall review, from time to time, each continuing program within 
its jurisdiction for which appropriations are not made annually 
in order to ascertain whether such program could be modified so 
that appropriations therefore would be made annually.
    (c) Views and Estimates.--In accordance with clause 4(f)(1) 
of Rule X of the Rules of the House, the Committee shall submit 
to the Committee on the Budget----
          (1) its views and estimates with respect to all 
        matters to be set forth in the concurrent resolution on 
        the budget for the ensuing fiscal year which are within 
        its jurisdiction or functions; and
          (2) an estimate of the total amount of new budget 
        authority, and budget outlays resulting therefrom, to 
        be provided or authorized in all bills and resolutions 
        within its jurisdiction which it intends to be 
        effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) Budget Allocations.--As soon as practicable after a 
concurrent resolution on the budget for any fiscal year is 
agreed to, the Committee (after consulting with the appropriate 
committee or committees of the Senate) shall subdivide any 
allocations made to it in the joint explanatory statement 
accompanying the conference report on such resolution, and 
promptly report such subdivisions to the House, in the manner 
provided by section 302 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.
    (e) Reconciliation.--Whenever the Committee is directed in 
a concurrent resolution on the budget to determine and 
recommend changes in laws, bills, or resolutions under the 
reconciliation process, it shall promptly make such 
determination and recommendations, and report a reconciliation 
bill or resolution (or both) to the House or submit such 
recommendations to the Committee on the Budget, in accordance 
with the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

Rule XIV. Records

    (a) Keeping of Records.--The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee action which shall include----
          (1) in the case of any meeting or hearing 
        transcripts, a substantially verbatim account of 
        remarks actually made during the proceedings, subject 
        only to technical, grammatical, and typographical 
        corrections authorized by the person making the remarks 
        involved; and
          (2) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        record vote is taken.
    (b) Public Inspection.--The result of each such record vote 
shall be made available by the Committee for inspection by the 
public at reasonable times in the offices of the Committee. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members present but not 
voting.
    (c) Property of the House.--All Committee records 
(including hearings, data, charts, and files) shall be kept 
separate and distinct from the congressional office records of 
the member serving as Chairman of the Committee; and such 
records shall be the property of the House and all members of 
the House shall have access thereto.
    (d) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with Rule 
VII of the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the 
ranking minority member of the Committee of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of such rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on written 
request of any member of the Committee.
    (e) Authority To Print.--The Committee is authorized to 
have printed and bound testimony and other data presented at 
hearings held by the Committee. All costs of stenographic 
services and transcripts in connection with any meeting or 
hearing of the Committee shall be paid as provided in clause 
1(c) of Rule XI of the House.

Rule XV. Committee Budgets

    (a) Biennial Budget.--The Chairman, in consultation with 
the chairman of each subcommittee, the majority members of the 
Committee, and the minority members of the Committee, shall, 
for each Congress, prepare a consolidated Committee budget. 
Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, necessary travel, investigation, and other expenses 
of the Committee.
    (b) Additional Expenses.--Authorization for the payment of 
additional or unforeseen Committee expenses may be procured by 
one or more additional expense resolutions processed in the 
same manner as set out herein.
    (c) Travel Requests.--The Chairman or any chairman of a 
subcommittee may initiate necessary travel requests as provided 
in Committee Rule XVII within the limits of the consolidated 
budget as approved by the House and the Chairman may execute 
necessary vouchers thereof.
    (d) Monthly Reports.--Once monthly, the Chairman shall 
submit to the Committee on House Administration, in writing, a 
full and detailed accounting of all expenditures made during 
the period since the last such accounting from the amount 
budgeted to the Committee. Such report shall show the amount 
and purpose of such expenditure and the budget to which such 
expenditure is attributed. A copy of such monthly report shall 
be available in the Committee office for review by members of 
the Committee.

Rule XVI. Committee Staff

    (a) Appointment by Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint 
and determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
employees of the Committee not assigned to the minority. The 
staff of the Committee not assigned to the minority shall be 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
who shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities 
of such staff members and delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (b) Appointment by Ranking Minority Member.--The ranking 
minority member of the Committee shall appoint and determine 
the remuneration of, and may remove, the staff assigned to the 
minority within the budget approved for such purposes. The 
staff assigned to the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the ranking minority member of the 
Committee who may delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (c) Intention Regarding Staff.--It is intended that the 
skills and experience of all members of the Committee staff 
shall be available to all members of the Committee.

Rule XVII. Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Approval.--Consistent with the primary expense 
resolution and such additional expense resolutions as may have 
been approved, the provisions of this rule shall govern travel 
of Committee members and staff. Travel to be reimbursed from 
funds set aside for the Committee for any member or any staff 
member shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Travel shall be authorized by the Chairman for any 
member and any staff member in connection with the attendance 
of hearings conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee and 
meetings, conferences, and investigations which involve 
activities or subject matter under the general jurisdiction of 
the Committee. Before such authorization is given there shall 
be submitted to the Chairman in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel.
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made.
          (3) The location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made.
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b) Subcommittee Travel.--In the case of travel of members 
and staff of a subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, 
and investigations involving activities or subject matter under 
the legislative assignment of such subcommittee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the subcommittee chairman 
and the Chairman. Such prior authorization shall be given by 
the Chairman only upon the representation by the chairman of 
such subcommittee in writing setting forth those items 
enumerated in subparagraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of paragraph 
(a) and that there has been a compliance where applicable with 
Committee Rule VI.
    (c) Travel Outside the United States.----
          (1) In general.--In the case of travel outside the 
        United States of members and staff of the Committee or 
        of a subcommittee for the purpose of conducting 
        hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
        meetings and conferences involving activities or 
        subject matter under the legislative assignment of the 
        Committee or pertinent subcommittee, prior 
        authorization must be obtained from the Chairman, or, 
        in the case of a subcommittee from the subcommittee 
        chairman and the Chairman. Before such authorization is 
        given there shall be submitted to the Chairman, in 
        writing, a request for such authorization. Each 
        request, which shall be filed in a manner that allows 
        for a reasonable period of time for review before such 
        travel is scheduled to begin, shall include the 
        following:
                  (A) The purpose of the travel.
                  (B) The dates during which the travel will 
                occur.
                  (C) The names of the countries to be visited 
                and the length of time to be spent in each.
                  (D) An agenda of anticipated activities for 
                each country for which travel is authorized 
                together with a description of the purpose to 
                be served and the areas of Committee 
                jurisdiction involved.
                  (E) The names of members and staff for whom 
                authorization is sought.
          (2) Initiation of requests.--Requests for travel 
        outside the United States may be initiated by the 
        Chairman or the chairman of a subcommittee (except that 
        individuals may submit a request to the Chairman for 
        the purpose of attending a conference or meeting) and 
        shall be limited to members and permanent employees of 
        the Committee.
    (d) Reports by Members and Staff.--Within 15 legislative 
days from the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting, or conference for which travel has been authorized 
pursuant to this rule, each member and staff member involved in 
such travel shall submit a written report to the Chairman 
covering the activities and other pertinent observations or 
information gained as a result of such travel.
    (e) Applicability of Laws, Rules, Policies.--Members and 
staff of the Committee performing authorized travel on official 
business shall be governed by applicable laws, resolutions, or 
regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration pertaining to such travel, and by the travel 
policy of the Committee.

Rule XVIII. Committee Panels

    (a) Designation.--In accordance with clause 5(b)(2)(C) of 
Rule X of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the 
Committee, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
may designate a panel of the Committee consisting of members of 
the Committee to inquire into and take testimony on a matter or 
matters that fall within the jurisdiction of more than one 
subcommittee and to report to the Committee.
    (b) Duration.--No panel designated under paragraph (a) 
shall continue in existence for more than six months after the 
date of the designation.
    (c) Party Ratios and Appointment.--The ratio of majority 
members to minority members on a panel designated under 
paragraph (a) shall be as close as practicable to the ratio of 
the Full Committee. All majority members of the panels shall be 
appointed by the Chairman of the Committee, and all minority 
members shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of 
the Committee. The Chairman of the Committee shall choose one 
of the majority members so appointed to serve as Chairman of 
the panel. The ranking minority member of the Committee shall 
similarly choose the ranking minority member of the panel.
    (d) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee may serve as ex officio members of a 
panel designated under paragraph (a). The Chairman and ranking 
minority member are authorized to vote on matters that arise 
before the panel and shall be counted to satisfy the quorum 
requirement for any purpose.
    (e) Jurisdiction.--No panel designated under paragraph (a) 
shall have legislative jurisdiction.
    (f) Applicability of Committee Rules.--A panel designated 
under paragraph (a) shall be subject to all Committee Rules 
herein.

                    STATISTICAL OVERVIEW: 2015-2016


Total number of Bills and Resolutions referred to the 
        Committee: 520
Total number of Public Laws: 45
Total number of Bills and Resolutions that passed the House: 91
Total number of Bills and Resolutions reported to the House: 35
Total number of Bills ordered reported: 51

Total number of Meeting Days: 96

Full Committee: 27
        Hearings: 6
        Joint Hearing: 1
        Markups: 12
        Roundtables: 4
        Listening Sessions: 2
        Organizational Meeting: 1
        Conference Committee Meeting: 1

Subcommittee on Aviation: 9
        Hearings: 5
        Roundtables: 4

Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: 17
        Hearings: 11
        Joint Hearings: 4
        Listening Session: 2

Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
        Emergency Management: 16
        Hearings: 9
        Roundtables: 6
        Workshop: 1

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit: 7
        Hearings: 3
        Roundtables: 4

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials: 
        9
        Hearings: 6
        Roundtables: 1
        Listening Sessions: 2

Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment: 12
        Hearings: 9
        Joint Hearing: 1
        Roundtables: 2
             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


   BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon, Ranking 
              Member

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               DON YOUNG, Alaska
  District of Columbia               JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee,
JERROLD NADLER, New York               Vice Chair
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               JOHN L. MICA, Florida
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         SAM GRAVES, Missouri
RICK LARSEN, Washington              CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    DUNCAN HUNTER, California
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            Arkansas
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           BOB GIBBS, Ohio
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
JANICE HAHN, California=             JEFF DENHAM, California
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               ROB WOODALL, Georgia
JARED HUFFMAN, California            TODD ROKITA, Indiana
JULIA BROWNLEY, California           JOHN KATKO, New York
                                     BRIAN BABIN, Texas
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     RYAN A. COSTELLO, Pennsylvania
                                     GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana
                                     MIMI WALTERS, California
                                     BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina
                                     LEE M. ZELDIN, New York
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois

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=Janice Hahn resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives on 
December 4, 2016.

                         Legislative Activities


 Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment 
                                  Act


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-278 (H.R. 710)

Summary

    This bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to 
prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the 
transportation security card program, and for other purposes. 
The Committee worked with the Committee on Homeland Security to 
clear provisions in H.R. 710 within the Committee's 
jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On February 4, 2015, H.R. 710 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
    On February 10, 2015, H.R. 710 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On February 11, 2015, H.R. 348 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.
    On April 22, 2015, H.R. 710 was re-referred to the 
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
    On May 15, 2015, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation ordered H.R. 710 reported with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute.
    On April 25, 2015, H.R. 710 was reported by the Committee 
on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (S. Rept. 114-244) and 
was placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. 
Calendar No. 436.
    On December 10, 2016, H.R. 710 passed Senate with an 
amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    On December 13, 2016, the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment Agreed to without objection.
    December 15, 2016, H.R. 710 was presented to the President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5687 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-278.

                   GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-301 (H.R. 5687)

Summary

    This bill modifies or eliminates certain unnecessary or 
obsolete GAO reporting requirements. H.R. 5687 eliminates a 
requirement that GAO review reported bills that require 
financial audits of nonfederal entities receiving federal 
awards; eliminates a requirement for GAO to conduct a biennial 
satisfaction survey of recipients of transportation 
intelligence reports under Department of Homeland Security's 
(DHS) transportation security information sharing plan; and 
makes other changes.

Legislative History

    On July 8, 2016, H.R. 5687 was introduced by Congresswoman 
Jody B. Hice (R-GA).
    On September 19, 2016, H.R. 5687 was reported by the 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (H. Rept. 114-
760).
    On September 20, 2016, H.R. 5687 was considered in the 
House under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice 
vote.
    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 5687 was received in the 
Senate, read twice, and placed on the Legislative Calendar 
under General Orders (Calendar No. 639).
    On December 10, 2016, H.R. 5687 passed the Senate by 
Unanimous Consent.
    On December 14, 2016, H.R. 5687 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5687 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-301.

     North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015


                     PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 8)

Summary

    This bill amends the Natural Gas Act to revise procedures 
for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(FERC) of applications for federal authorization of the 
exportation or importation of natural gas, including a deadline 
for a final decision on a federal authorization within 90 days 
after FERC issues its final environmental document. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Energy and Commerce to 
clear provisions in H.R. 8 within the Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On September 16, 2015, H.R. 8 was introduced by Congressman 
Fred Upton (R-MI).
    On November 19, 2015, H.R. 8 was reported by the Committee 
on Energy and Commerce, as amended, (H. Rept. 114-347, Part I).
    On December 3, 2015, H.R. 8 was considered in the House 
under a rule and agreed to by recorded vote: 249-174 (Roll no. 
672).
    On December 7, 2015, H.R. 8 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural 
Resources.

Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015 or 
                             the Rapid Act


                    PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 348)

Summary

    This bill establishes procedures to streamline the 
regulatory review, environmental decision making, and 
permitting process for major federal actions that are 
construction activities undertaken, reviewed, or funded by 
federal agencies. The Committee worked with the Committee on 
the Judiciary to clear provisions in H.R. 348 within the 
Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On January 14, 2015, H.R. 348 was introduced by Congressman 
Tom Marino (R-PA).
    On July 27, 2015, H.R. 348 was reported by the Committee on 
the Judiciary, (H. Rept. 114-22, Part I).
    On September 25, 2015, H.R. 348 was considered in the House 
under a rule and agreed to by recorded vote: 233-170 (Roll no. 
518).
    On September 28, 2015, H.R. 348 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.

     North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016


                  CONFERENCE ACTIONS PENDING (S. 2012)

Summary

    This bill provides for the modernization of the energy 
policy of the United States, and for other purposes.

Legislative History

    On September 9, 2015, S. 2012, was introduced by Senator 
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
    On September 9, 2015, S. 2012 was reported as an original 
measure by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (S. 
Rept. 114-138).
    On April 20, 2016, S. 2012 was agreed with an amendment by 
Yea-Nay Vote. 85-12. Record Vote Number: 54.
    On April 21, 2016, S. 2012 was received by the House and 
held at the desk.
    On May 25, 2016, S. 2012 was considered by the House under 
a rule and passed by recorded vote: 241-178 (Roll no. 250). The 
House insisted upon its amendment, requested a conference, and 
agreed to conference by voice vote.
    On May 26, 2016, the Speaker appointed conferees:
    Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of the 
Senate bill and the House amendment, and modifications 
committed to conference: Upton, Barton, Whitfield, Shimkus, 
Latta, McMorris Rodgers, Olson, McKinley, Pompeo, Griffith, 
Johnson (OH), Flores, Mullin, Pallone, Rush, Capps, Matsui, 
Castor (FL), Sarbanes, Welch, Lujan, Ben Ray (NM), Tonko, and 
Loebsack.
    Committee on Agriculture for consideration of secs. 3017, 
3305, 4501, 4502, 5002, part II of subtitle C of title X, and 
sec. 10233 of the Senate bill, and secs. 1116 and 5013 of 
division A, Division B, and secs. 1031, 1032, 1035-1037, 
subtitle K of title I, sec. 2013, subtitles F, M, and Q of 
title II, and title XXV of Division C of the House amendment, 
and modifications committed to conference: Conaway, Thompson 
(PA), and Peterson.
    Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 
2308, 3001, part II of title II, 3017, 3104, 3109, 3201, 3301-
3306, 3308-3312, 4006, 4401, 4403, 4405, 4407, 4410, 4412-4414, 
title V, sec. 6001, subtitle A of title VI, sec. 6202, title 
VIII, title IX, subtitles A, B, and C of title X, parts I, II, 
III, and IV of subtitle D of title X, and secs. 10341 and 10345 
of the Senate bill, and secs. 1115 and 1116 of Division A, 
Division B, and Division C of the House amendment, and 
modifications committed to conference: Bishop (UT), Young (AK), 
Lummis, Denham, Westerman, Grijalva, Huffman, and Dingell.
    Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for 
consideration of secs. 1014, 1201, 1203, 1301-1304, 1306-1308, 
1310, 1311, 2002, 2301, 2401, part III of subtitle A of title 
III, secs. 3101, 3302, 3307, 3402, 3403, 3501, 3502, 4001, 
4002, 4006, 4101, subtitle C of title IV, secs. 4402, 4404, 
4406, 4720, 4721, 4727, 4728, and 4737 of the Senate bill, and 
sec. 1109 and title VII of Division A, and Division D of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Smith (TX), Weber (TX), and Johnson, E. B..
    Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 
consideration of secs. 1005, 1006, 1010, 1014, 1016-1019, 1022, 
3001, 4724, title VII, and sec. 10331 of the Senate bill and 
secs. 2007, 3116, 3117, and 3141 of Division A, and title IX of 
Division B, subtitle D of title II of Divsion C of the House 
amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Hardy, 
Zeldin, and DeFazio.
    On September 8, 2016, a conference was held. Senator Lisa 
Murkowski (R-AK) chaired.

                         Organizational Meeting

    On January 27, 2015, the Committee formally met to 
officially organize for the 114th Congress. The Committee 
adopted the rules of the Committee for the 114th Congress. 
Additionally, subcommittee chairmen and ranking members were 
approved, and the members of each subcommittee were appointed. 
Lastly, the oversight plan for the 114th Congress was adopted.

                         Full Committee Markups


                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, FEBRUARY 12, 2015

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 749, Passenger Rail Reform and 
        Investment Act of 2015
           Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Views and Estimates 
        of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                 FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, APRIL 15, 2015

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 1732, Regulatory Integrity Protection 
        Act of 2015
           H.R. 1471, FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform 
        Act of 2015
           H.R. 1472, Integrated Public Alert and 
        Warning System Modernization Act of 2015
           H.R. 944, To reauthorize the National 
        Estuary Program, and for other purposes
           H.R. 1473, John F. Kennedy Center 
        Reauthorization Act of 2015
           H.R. 336, To direct the Administrator of 
        General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the 
        United States, to convey certain Federal property 
        located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of 
        Anchorage, Alaska
           H.R. 172, To designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, 
        Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States 
        Courthouse''
           H.R. 1690, To designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, 
        Pennsylvania, as the ``Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States 
        Courthouse''
           H. Con. Res. 21, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box 
        Derby
           H. Con. Res. 25, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers 
        Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe 
        Band Exhibition

                 FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, APRIL 30, 2015

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 1987, Coast Guard Authorization Act of 
        2015
           H.R. 1642, To designate the building 
        utilized as a United States courthouse located at 150 
        Reade Circle in Greenville, North Carolina, as the 
        ``Randy D. Doub United States Courthouse''
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, MAY 20, 2015

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 2322, Public Buildings Reform and 
        Savings Act of 2015
           H.R. 2131, To designate the Federal building 
        and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting 
        Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the ``J. 
        Waties Waring Judicial Center''
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, JULY 23, 2015

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 2954, To designate the Federal building 
        located at 617 Walnut Street in Helena, Arkansas, as 
        the ``Jacob Trieber Federal Building, United States 
        Post Office, and United States Court House''
           S. 261, A bill to designate the United 
        States courthouse located at 200 NW 4th Street in 
        Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the William J. Holloway, 
        Jr. United States Courthouse
           H.R. 3114, To provide funds to the Army 
        Corps of Engineers to hire veterans and members of the 
        Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and 
        historic preservation activities, and for other 
        purposes
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, OCTOBER 22, 2015

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 3763, Surface Transportation 
        Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015

                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 4441, Aviation Innovation, Reform, and 
        Reauthorization Act of 2016
           Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Views and Estimates 
        of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, MARCH 2, 2016

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 4487, Public Buildings Reform and 
        Savings Act of 2016
           H.R. 4465, Federal Assets Sale and Transfer 
        Act of 2016
           H.R. 3937, To designate the building 
        utilized as a United States courthouse located at 150 
        Reade Circle in Greenville, North Carolina, as the 
        ``Randy D. Doub United States Courthouse''
           H.R. 4618, To designate the Federal building 
        and United States courthouse located at 121 Spring 
        Street SE in Gainesville, Georgia, as the ``Sidney 
        Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States 
        Courthouse''
           H.R. 223, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 
        Act of 2016
           H.R. 1684, Foreign Spill Protection Act of 
        2016
           H.R. 3030, Baudette Coast Guard Housing 
        Conveyance Act
           H. Con. Res. 119, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box 
        Derby
           H. Con. Res. 117, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers 
        Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe 
        Band Exhibition
           H. Con. Res. 120, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the 3rd Annual Fallen Firefighters 
        Congressional Flag Presentation Ceremony
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                 FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, APRIL 20, 2016

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 4937, Protecting our Infrastructure of 
        Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016
           H.R. 4957, To designate the Federal building 
        located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of 
        Columbia as the ``Ariel Rios Federal Building''
           H.R. 4231, To direct the Librarian of 
        Congress to obtain a stained glass panel depicting the 
        seal of the District of Columbia and install the panel 
        among the stained glass panels depicting the seals of 
        States which overlook the Main Reading Room of the 
        Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                  FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, MAY 25, 2016

    Considered and ordered reported:
           H.R. 5303, Water Resources Development Act 
        of 2016
           H. Con. Res. 131, Authorizing the use of the 
        Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special 
        Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

               FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

    Considered and ordered reported:
           S. 546, RESPONSE Act of 2016
           H.R. 5957, Federal Aviation Administration 
        Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2016
           H.R. 5977, To direct the Secretary of 
        Transportation to provide to the appropriate committees 
        of Congress advance notice of certain announcements, 
        and for other purposes
           H.R. 5978, Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation Amendments Act of 2016
           H.R. 5011, To designate the Federal building 
        and United States courthouse located at 300 Fannin 
        Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the ``Tom Stagg 
        Federal Building and United States Courthouse''
           H.R. 5873, To designate the Federal building 
        and United States courthouse located at 511 East San 
        Antonio Avenue in El Paso, Texas, as the ``R.E. 
        Thomason Federal Building and United States 
        Courthouse''
           H.R. 5147, BABIES Act
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, DECEMBER 7, 2016

    Considered and ordered reported:
           General Services Administration Capital 
        Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

                          Exchange of Letters


                    Bills Referred to the Committee


                                H.R. 22

    To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt 
employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans 
Administration from being taken into account for purposes of 
determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies 
under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    ``Hire More Heroes Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar 
Smith occurred on October 30, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated November 5, 2015 on pages E1600.

                                H.R. 23

    To reauthorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction 
Program, and for other purposes. ``National Windstorm Impact 
Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar 
Smith occurred on January 6, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated January 7, 2015 on pages H85.

                                H.R. 774

    To strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, 
unreported, and unregulated fishing, to amend the Tuna 
Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention, 
and for other purposes.
    ``Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement 
Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on natural Resources Chairman Rob bishop occurred on 
June 9 and 19, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
212, Part I on pages 77 and 78.

                               H.R. 1646

    To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to research 
how small and medium sized unmanned aerial systems could be 
used in an attack, how to prevent or mitigate the effects of 
such an attack, and for other purposes.
    ``Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on June 9 and 10, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
169, Part I on pages 9 and 10.

                               H.R. 1471

    To reauthorize the programs and activities of the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency.
    ``FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on February 26, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated February 29, 2016 on page H1020.

                               H.R. 1471

    To reauthorize the programs and activities of the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency.
    ``FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte occurred on 
February 25 and 26, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated February 29, 2016 on page H1020.

                               H.R. 1987

    To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal 
years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes.
    ``Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop occurred on 
May 7 and 12, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-115 
on pages 118 and 119.

                               H.R. 1887

    To amend certain appropriation Acts to repeal the 
requirement directing the Administrator of General Services to 
sell Federal property and assets that support the operations of 
the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Plum Island, New York, 
and for other purposes.
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on May 12 and 16, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record on page H2407 dated May 16, 2016.

                               H.R. 1987

    To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal 
years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes.
    ``Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Armed Services Chairman William M. ``Mac'' 
Thornberry occurred on May 7 and 12, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-115 
on pages 120 and 121.

                               H.R. 1987

    To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal 
years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes.
    ``Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on May 7 and 12, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-115 
on pages 122 through 124.

                               H.R. 2406

    To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational 
hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes.
    ``Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 
2015.'' or the ``SHARE Act.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on December 7 and 8, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
377, Part I, on pages 86 and 87.

                               H.R. 3586

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve 
border and maritime security coordination in the Department of 
Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
    ``Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on February 25 and 26, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
488, Part I, on pages 77 and 78.

                               H.R. 3843

    To authorize for a 7-year period the collection of claim 
location and maintenance fees, and for other purposes.
    ``Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees 
Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop occurred on 
August 11 and 12, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
717, Part I on pages 21 and 22.

                               H.R. 3878

    To enhance cybersecurity information sharing and 
coordination at ports in the United States, and for other 
purposes.
    ``Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and 
Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on December 7 and 9, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
379, Part I on pages 15 and 16.

                               H.R. 3998

    To direct the Federal Communications Commission to commence 
proceedings related to the resiliency of critical 
telecommunications networks during times of emergency, and for 
other purposes.
    ``Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton occurred 
on May 18 and 19, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
583, Part I, on pages 8 and 9.

                               H.R. 4487

    To reduce costs of Federal real estate, improve building 
security, and for other purposes.
    ``Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on May 23, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated May 23, 2016 on page H2294.

                               H.R. 4937

    To amend title 49, United States Code, to reauthorize 
pipeline safety programs and enhance pipeline safety, and for 
other purposes.
    ``Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing 
Safety Act of 2016.'' or the ``PIPES Act of 2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton occurred 
on November 10 and 14, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
807, Part I on pages 55 and 56.

                               H.R. 5227

    To authorize the National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped to provide playback equipment in all 
forms, to establish a National Collection Stewardship Fund for 
the processing and storage of collection materials of the 
Library of Congress, and to provide for the continuation of 
service of returning members of Joint Committee on the Library 
at beginning of a Congress.
    ``Library of Congress Modernization Act of 2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller 
occurred on September 27, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was not printed.

                               H.R. 5303

    To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of 
the United States, to provide for the conservation and 
development of water and related resources, and for other 
purposes.
    ``Water Resources Development Act of 2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop occurred on 
September 22, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
785, Part I, on pages 121 and 122.

                               H.R. 5687

    To eliminate or modify certain mandates of the Government 
Accountability Office.
    ``GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason 
Chaffetz occurred on August 12 and September 6, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
760, Part I, on pages 7 and 8.

                               H.R. 5983

    To create hope and opportunity for consumers, investors, 
and entrepreneurs by ending bailouts and Too Big to Fail, 
holding Washington and Wall Street accountable, eliminating red 
tape to increase access to capital and credit, and repealing 
the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that make America less 
prosperous, less stable, and less free, and for other purposes.
    ``Financial CHOICE Act of 2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling 
occurred on November 23, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-
883, Part I.

                  Bills Not Referred to the Committee


                                 H.R. 8

    To modernize energy infrastructure, build a 21st century 
energy and manufacturing workforce, bolster America's energy 
security and diplomacy, and promote energy efficiency and 
government accountability, and for other purposes.
    ``North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 
2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton occurred 
on November 24, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated December 1, 2015 on page H8841.

                                H.R. 34

    To authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, 
forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other 
purposes.
    ``Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar 
Smith occurred on January 7, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated January 7, 2015 on page H90.

                                H.R. 348

    To provide for improved coordination of agency actions in 
the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for 
permitting determinations, and for other purposes.
    ``Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development 
Act of 2015.'' or the ``RAPID Act.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte occurred on 
June 17, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was not printed.

                                H.R. 710

    To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a 
comprehensive security assessment of the transportation 
security card program, and for other purposes.
    ``Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential 
Assessment Act.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on February 5, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated February 10, 2015 on page H901.

                                H.R. 810

    To authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration, and for other purposes.
    ``National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
Authorization Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar 
Smith occurred on February 10, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated February 10, 2015 on page H891.

                               H.R. 1640

    To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to 
Congress a report on the Department of Homeland Security 
headquarters consolidation project in the National Capital 
Region, and for other purposes.
    ``Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 
Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on June 15 and 17, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record on page H4565.

                               H.R. 2262

    To facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing 
commercial space industry by encouraging private sector 
investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory 
conditions, and for other purposes.
    ``Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and 
Entrepreneurship Act of 2015.'' or the ``SPACE Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar 
Smith occurred on May 18, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated May 21, 2015 on page H3533.

                               H.R. 3572

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform, 
streamline, and make improvements to the Department of Homeland 
Security and support the Department's efforts to implement 
better policy, planning, management, and performance, and for 
other purposes.
    ``DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on October 22, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated October 26, 2015 on page E1531.

                               H.R. 3598

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance the 
partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the 
National Network of Fusion Centers, and for other purposes.
    ``Fusion Center Enhancement Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on November 2 and 3, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated November 5, 2015 on page E1600.

                               H.R. 3842

    To improve homeland security, including domestic 
preparedness and response to terrorism, by reforming Federal 
Law Enforcement Training Centers to provide training to first 
responders, and for other purposes.
    ``Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and 
Improvement Act of 2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on December 8, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated December 8, 2015 on page H9039.

                               H.R. 3875

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish 
within the Department of Homeland Security a Chemical, 
Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Office, and 
for other purposes.
    ``Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act of 
2015.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on December 8, 2015.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated December 10, 2015 on page H9246.

                               H.R. 4404

    To require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign 
fighter travel, and for other purposes.
    ``Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 
2016.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul 
occurred on March 10 and 11, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in House Report 114-456 
on pages 10 and 11.

                               H.R. 4909

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense and for 
military construction, to prescribe military personnel 
strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
    ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2017.''
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on Armed Services Chairman William M. ``Mac'' 
Thornberry occurred on April 18 and May 3, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated May 17, 2016 on pages H2465 and H2466.

                               H.R. 5160

    To reduce costs of Federal real estate, improve building 
security, and for other purposes.
    A jurisdictional exchange of letters between Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and 
Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller 
occurred on June 13, 2016.
    The exchange of letters was printed in the Congressional 
Record dated November 30, 2016 on page E1542.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


    FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION REAUTHORIZATION: REFORMING AND 
       STREAMLINING THE FAA'S REGULATORY CERTIFICATION PROCESSES

    On January 21, 2015, the Committee held a hearing to 
discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) aircraft 
and flight standards certification processes. The Committee 
heard testimony from industry representatives, the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO), the National Transportation Safety 
Board (NTSB) and the FAA.

 IMPACTS OF THE PROPOSED WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES RULE ON STATE AND 
                           LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

    On February 4, 2015, the Committee held a joint hearing 
with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to 
review a joint Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the 
Army Corps of Engineers proposed rulemaking to redefine the 
regulatory term ``waters of the United States'' under the Clean 
Water Act (CWA). The Committee heard testimony from the EPA, 
the Corps, State of Oklahoma, National Association of State 
Departments of Agriculture, National Association of Counties, 
Clear Creek County, Colorado, and New York State Environmental 
Protection Bureau.

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION BILL: LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR 
             U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION, PART I

    On February 11, 2015, the Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the 
Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation, Part I.'' 
The purpose of the hearing was to examine the reauthorization 
of federal surface transportation programs. The Committee heard 
testimony from the Department of Transportation (DOT).

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION BILL: LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR 
             U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION, PART II

    On March 17, 2015, the Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the 
Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation, Part 
II.'' The purpose of the hearing was to further examine the 
reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. The 
Committee heard testimony from representatives of the National 
Governors Association, the American Association of State 
Highway and Transportation Officials, and the National League 
of Cities.

            OVERSIGHT OF THE AMTRAK ACCIDENT IN PHILADELPHIA

    On June 2, 2015, the Committee held an oversight hearing on 
the Amtrak accident in Philadelphia. The Committee heard 
testimony from representatives of NTSB, Federal Railroad 
Administration (FRA), Amtrak, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive 
Engineers and Trainmen.

 EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: PREPARING FOR THE 
                                BIG ONE

    On September 22, 2015, the Committee held a field 
roundtable policy discussion in Eugene, Oregon, to discuss 
earthquake resiliency programs and efforts, the Shake Alert 
earthquake early warning system, and next steps for developing 
an offshore earthquake early warning system. Participants 
included representatives from the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency (FEMA), the United States Geological Service, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon State 
University, and University of Oregon.

             REVIEW OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL REFORM PROPOSALS

    On February 10, 2016, the Committee held a hearing to 
examine proposals to reform the air traffic control (ATC) 
operations of the FAA. The Committee heard testimony from 
Airlines for America, the National Air Traffic Controllers 
Association, the Reason Foundation, and the National Business 
Aviation Association.

  AN EXAMINATION OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY'S LIMITED 
              ROLE IN LOCAL LAND USE DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS

    On September 21, 2016, the Committee held a hearing to 
examine FEMA's role and authorities under the National Flood 
Insurance Program, their impact on local land-use development 
decisions, and the national implications of those decisions. 
The Committee heard testimony from FEMA, the State of Oregon, 
and public and private stakeholders.

                           Oversight Letters


                      DOT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    On February 8, 2016, Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) 
and Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting GAO review the 
organizational structure of the DOT. The GAO report is expected 
in the 115th Congress.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Federal Aviation Administration 
Reauthorization: Reforming and Streamlining the FAA's 
Regulatory Certification Processes'' (January 21, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-1
    Joint hearing entitled ``Impacts of the Proposed Waters of 
the United States Rule on State and Local Governments'' 
(February 4, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-4
    Hearing entitled ``Surface Transportation Reauthorization 
Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job 
Creation, Part I'' (February 11, 2015) Committee Serial Number 
114-5
    Hearing entitled ``Surface Transportation Reauthorization 
Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job 
Creation, Part II'' (March 17, 2015) Committee Serial Number 
114-8
    Hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Amtrak Accident in 
Philadelphia'' (June 2, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-19
    Hearing entitled ``Review of Air Traffic Control Reform 
Proposals'' (February 10, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-33
    Hearing entitled ``An Examination of the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency's Limited Role in Local Land Use Development 
Decisions'' (September 21, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-53
                        SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


  FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey, 
             Chairman
 RICK LARSEN, Washington, Ranking 
              Member

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               DON YOUNG, Alaska
  District of Columbia               JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         JOHN L. MICA, Florida
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            SAM GRAVES, Missouri
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
JULIA BROWNLEY, California           RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               ROB WOODALL, Georgia
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          TODD ROKITA, Indiana
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           RYAN A. COSTELLO, Pennsylvania
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon (ex officio)MIMI WALTERS, California
                                     BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     LEE M. ZELDIN, New York
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


                Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-55 (H.R. 3614)

    To amend title 49, United States Code, to extend 
authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and 
expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and 
for other purposes.

Summary

    The most recent long-term FAA Authorization, the FAA 
Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-95) expired on 
September 30, 2015. H.R. 3614 reauthorized the Airport 
Improvement Program (AIP) and project grant authority for the 
period October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. The bill also 
extended the authorization of appropriations for federal 
aviation programs, excise taxes on aviation fuels and air 
transportation of persons and property, and the expenditure 
authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through the same 
period.

Legislative History

    On September 25, 2015, H.R. 3614 was introduced by Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On September 28, 2015, H.R. 3614 was considered in the 
House under suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On September 29, 2015, H.R. 3614 was received in the Senate 
and passed by unanimous consent.
    On September 30, 2015, H.R. 3614 was presented to and 
signed by the President, becoming Public Law 114-55.

        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-92 (H.R. 1735/S. 1356)

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 1735/S. 1356 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 
2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 1735 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Aviation, the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings, and 
the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Armed Services to clear 
some provisions in H.R. 1735 within the Committee's 
jurisdiction, including provisions related to unmanned aircraft 
systems, structures interfering with air commerce, and civilian 
airport relocation.

Legislative History

    On April 13, 2015, H.R. 1735 was introduced by Congressman 
Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed 
Services.
    On May 5, 2015, H.R. 1735 was reported, as amended, by the 
Committee on Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-102).
    On May 12, 2015, a supplemental report for H.R. 1735 was 
reported by the Committee on Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-102, 
Part II).
    On May 15, 2015, H.R. 1735 was considered under a rule and 
passed by a vote of 269-151 (Roll No. 239).
    On May 21, 2015, H.R. 1735 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders (Calendar No. 99).
    On June 18, 2015, H.R. 1735 was passed by the Senate with 
an amendment by a vote of 71-25.
    On June 25, 2015, Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) moved 
that the House disagree with the Senate amendment, and a 
conference was agreed to by a voice vote.
    On July 10, 2015, the Speaker appointed Congressman Garret 
Graves (R-LA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Congresswoman Eleanor 
Holmes Norton (D-DC) as additional conferees on behalf of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 
consideration of sections 302, 562, 569, 570a, 591, 1060a, 
1073, 2811, and 3501 of the House bill and sections 601, 642, 
1613, 3504, and 3505 of the Senate amendment.
    On September 29, 2015, the conference report (H. Conf. 
Rept. 114-270) was filed.
    The conference report was considered on October 1, 2015, 
and was agreed to by a vote of 270-156 (Roll No. 532).
    On October 7, 2015, the Senate agreed to the conference 
report by a vote of 70-27 (Record Vote Number: 277).
    On October 21, 2015, H.R. 1735 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 22, 2015, H.R. 1735 was vetoed by the President.
    On May 14, 2015, S. 1356 was introduced by Senator Ron 
Johnson (R-WI), passed the Senate without amendment by 
unanimous consent, was received by the House and was held at 
the desk.
    On November 5, 2015, Congressman Mac Thornberry, (R-TX) 
moved that the House suspend the rules and pass S. 1356 as 
amended and the bill passed 370-58 (Roll No. 618).
    On November 10, 2015, S. 1356 was laid before the Senate by 
unanimous consent. The Senate agreed to the House amendment to 
S. 1356 by a vote of 91-3 (Record Vote Number: 301).
    On November 17, 2015, S. 1356 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 25, 2015, S. 1356 became Public Law 114-92.

            U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-119 (H.R. 2262)

Summary

    H.R. 2262 revises policies and regulatory requirements 
relating to the commercial space transportation industry. H.R. 
2262 contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including 
amendments to the Secretary of Transportation's licensing 
processes for commercial space transportation, an expansion of 
Federal indemnification to include space-flight participants, 
and an extension of the moratorium on regulations governing the 
design or operation of a launch vehicle to protect the health 
and safety of crew and space flight participants.

Legislative History

    H.R. 2262 was introduced by Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-
CA) on May 12, 2015.
    H.R. 2262 was reported with amendments by the Committee on 
Science, Space, and Technology (H. Rept. 114-119) on May 18, 
2015.
    H.R. 2262 was considered under a rule on May 21, 2015, and 
passed by a vote of 284-133 (Roll No. 262).
    On November 10, 2015, H.R. 2262 was passed by the Senate 
with an amendment by unanimous consent.
    On November 19, 2015, H.R. 2262 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 25, 2015, H.R. 2262 was signed by the President 
and became Public Law 114-90.

                Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-141 (H.R. 4721)

    To amend title 49, United States Code, to extend 
authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and 
expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and 
for other purposes.

Summary

    The authorizations extended by Airport and Airway Extension 
Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-55) expired on March 31, 2016. H.R. 4721 
reauthorized the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and project 
grant authority through July 15, 2016. The bill also extended 
the authorization of appropriations for federal aviation 
programs, excise taxes on aviation fuels and air transportation 
of persons and property, and the expenditure authority of the 
Airport and Airway Trust Fund through the same date.

Legislative History

    On March 10, 2016, H.R. 4721 was introduced by Congressman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On March 14, 2016, H.R. 4721 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On March 17, 2016, H.R. 4721 was received in the Senate and 
passed with an amendment by unanimous consent.
    On March 21, 2016, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4721 was 
agreed to by voice vote in the House.
    On March 30, 2016, H.R. 4721 was signed by the president, 
becoming Public Law 114-141.

            FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-190 (H.R. 636)

    To amend title 49, United States Code, to extend 
authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and 
expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and 
for other purposes.

Summary

    The authorizations extended by the Airport and Airway 
Extension Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-141) expired on July 15, 2016. 
H.R. 636 reauthorizes the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and 
project grant authority through September 30, 2017. The law 
also extends the authorization of appropriations for federal 
aviation programs, excise taxes on aviation fuels and air 
transportation of persons and property, and the expenditure 
authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through the same 
date.
    H.R. 636 addressed safety critical, security related, or 
time sensitive aviation policy issues. The law streamlines the 
approval process for unmanned aircraft to be deployed during 
emergencies, such as disasters and wildfires. It prohibits 
unmanned aircraft operators from interfering with emergency 
response activities, including wildfire suppression. 
Additionally, the law directs FAA to establish a pilot program 
to detect, identify and mitigate unauthorized unmanned aircraft 
operating around airports and critical infrastructure.
    The law includes several provisions addressing safety 
concerns raised by previous aviation accidents, including a 
section expediting the completion of the pilot records database 
required in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 in 
response to the 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident. H.R. 636 
strengthens mental health screening for pilots, addressing a 
factor in the 2015 Germanwings Flight 9525 crash, and ensures 
that pilots are sufficiently trained on manual flying skills 
and how to monitor cockpit automation systems, addressing a 
factor in the 2013 Asiana Flight 214 accident in San Francisco.
    Other provisions addressing aviation safety include those 
requiring the marking of certain towers to improve their 
visibility to low-flying aircraft, requiring the FAA to 
evaluate and update standards for crash-resistant helicopter 
fuel systems in response to fatal accidents where the victims 
perished in post-crash fires, and requiring training for flight 
attendants in recognizing and responding to potential victims 
of human trafficking.
    The law also streamlines and improves the air traffic 
controller hiring process and ensures the FAA can better 
address chronic controller shortages with experienced 
candidates; directs the FAA to establish a comprehensive and 
strategic framework to identify and address cybersecurity risks 
to the aviation system; and reforms and streamlines the third-
class medical certification process. The law requires airlines 
to refund baggage fees for bags delayed more than 12 hours on 
domestic flights and requires airlines to ensure that children 
are seated adjacent to an older family member traveling with 
them.

Legislative History

    On February 2, 2015, H.R. 636 was introduced by Congressman 
Patrick Tiberi (R-OH).
    On February 9, 2015, H.R. 636 was reported with amendments 
by the Committee on Ways and Means (H. Rept. 114-21).
    On February 13, 2015, H.R. 636 was agreed to in the House 
by recorded vote 272-142 (Roll No. 82).
    On April 19, 2016, H.R. 636 passed the Senate with an 
amendment and an amendment to the title by Yea-Nay vote 95-3 
(Record Vote Number: 47).
    On July 11, 2016, pursuant to H. Res. 818, the House agreed 
to Senate amendments with amendments.
    On July 13, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House amendments 
to Senate amendments to H.R. 636 by Yea-Nay vote 89-4 (Record 
Vote Number: 127).
    On July 15, 2016, H.R. 636 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-190.

 To Amend Title 49, United States Code, With Respect to Certain Grant 
                   Assurances, and for Other Purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-238 (H.R. 5944)

Summary

    H.R. 5944 clarifies that airports may renew the nominal 
rate leases of Air National Guard units without violating 
Federal grant assurances if the Guard unit operates military 
aircraft at or remotely from the airport.

Legislative History

    On September 7, 2016, H.R. 5944 was introduced by 
Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI).
    On September 20, 2016, H.R, 5944 was considered in the 
House under suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On September 29, 2016, H.R. 5944 was agreed to in the 
Senate without amendment by unanimous consent.
    On October 3, 2016, H.R. 5944 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 7, 2016, H.R. 5944 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-238.

 Federal Aviation Administration Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 
                                  2016


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-242 (S. 2683/H.R. 5957)

Summary

    When Congress passed the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act 
in 2015, it inadvertently excluded new FAA employees from 
coverage under a new sick leave system. This bill corrects that 
omission by requiring the inclusion of disabled veteran leave 
in the personnel management system of the Federal Aviation 
Administration.

Legislative History

    On September 8, 2016, H.R. 5957 was introduced by 
Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA).
    On September 20, 2016, H.R. 5957 was reported by the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (H. Rept. 114-
771), considered by the House under suspension of the rules and 
agreed to by voice vote.
    On September 21, 2016, H.R. 5957 was received in the 
Senate.
    On March 3, 2016, S. 2683 was introduced in the Senate by 
Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI).
    On September 22, 2016, the Senate Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation was discharged unanimous consent.
    On September 22, 2016, S. 2683 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    On September 27, 2016, S. 2683, as amended, passed the 
House.
    On September 29, 2016, S. 2683 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 7, 2016, S. 2683 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-242.

  To Amend Title 49, United States Code, To Include Consideration of 
Certain Impacts on Commercial Space Launch and Reentry Activities in A 
          Navigable Airspace Analysis, and for Other Purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-248 (H.R. 6007)

Summary

    H.R. 6007 permits the FAA to take commercial space 
transportation operations into account when analyzing potential 
safety impacts of proposed structures near licensed spaceports.

Legislative History

    On September 13, 2016, H.R. 6007 was introduced by 
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
    On September 21, 2016, H.R. 6007 was considered in the 
House under suspension of the rules and pass 420-0 (Roll No. 
538).
    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 6007 was received in the Senate 
and read twice.
    On November 16, 2016, H.R. 6007 was agreed to by unanimous 
consent.
    On November 18, 2016, H.R. 6007 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 28, 2016, H.R. 6007 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-248.

         Airport Construction and Alteration Reform Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-307 (H.R. 6014)

Summary

    H.R. 6014 permits the Administrator of the FAA to enter 
into reimbursable agreements with a State or local government 
agency for certain airport projects.

Legislative History

    On September 13, 2016, H.R. 6014 was introduced by 
Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN).
    On September 21, 2016, H.R. 6014 was considered in the 
House under suspension of the rules and passed by the Yeas and 
Nays 425-0 (Roll No. 540).
    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 6014 was received in the Senate 
and read twice, and was referred to the Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation.
    On December 1, 2016, H.R. 6014 was agreed to in the Senate 
by Unanimous Consent.
    On December 15, 2016, H.R. 6014 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 6014 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-307.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2015


                    PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 810)

Summary

    H.R. 810 reauthorizes the programs of the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal year 2015. H.R. 
810 contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including those 
relating to unmanned aircraft, air traffic control, and 
commercial space transportation.

Legislative History

    On February 9, 2015, H.R. 810 was introduced by Congressman 
Steven M. Palazzo (R-MS).
    On February 10, 2015, H.R. 810 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On February 11, 2015, H.R. 810 was received in the Senate 
and read twice, and was referred to the Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation.

          Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1646)

Summary

    This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
to: (1) research how commercially available small and medium 
sized unmanned aircraft, excluding aircraft over 1,300 pounds, 
could be used to perpetuate an attack; and (2) develop 
policies, guidance, and protocols for DHS to prevent, or 
mitigate the risks of, such an attack. Authorizes DHS to 
provide the Departments of Defense, Transportation, and Energy 
and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission information regarding how 
to best prevent and mitigate the risk of such an attack.

Legislative History

    On March 26, 2015, H.R. 1646 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ).
    On June 18, 2015, H.R. 1646 was reported, as amended, by 
the Committee on Homeland Security (H. Rept. 114-169).
    On June 18, 2015, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure was discharged from further consideration of 
H.R. 1636.
    On June 23, 2015, H.R. 1646 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On June 24, 2015, H.R. 1646 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

   To Authorize the Use of Passenger Facility Charges at an Airport 
    Previously Associated With the Airport at Which the Charges Are 
                               Collected


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 4369)

Summary

    This bill permits the Department of Transportation to 
authorize the use of a passenger facility charge to finance an 
eligible airport-related project if: (1) the eligible agency 
seeking to impose the new charge controls an airport where a $2 
passenger facility charge became effective on January 1, 2013; 
and (2) such airport and the airport at which the project will 
be carried out were under the control of the same eligible 
agency on October 1, 2015. Not more than $120 million in 
passenger facility charges so collected may be used to carry 
out such a project.

Legislative History

    On January 12, 2016, H.R. 4369 was introduced by 
Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA).
    On June 21, 2016, H.R. 4369 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On July 7, 2016, H.R. 4369 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation.
    On July 15, 2016, H.R. 636, which included language similar 
to H.R. 4369, was signed by the President, becoming Public Law 
114-190.

      Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016


               ORDERED REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 4441)

    To transfer operation of air traffic services currently 
provided by the Federal Aviation Administration to a separate 
not-for-profit corporate entity, to reauthorize and streamline 
programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other 
purposes.

Summary

    This bill reforms the FAA and the provision of air traffic 
services, and reauthorizes the programs of the FAA through 
2022. It maintains reforms to programs that facilitate air 
service to small and rural airports and provides robust funding 
for the Airport Improvement Program. H.R. 4441 removes 
unnecessary restrictions on the Passenger Facility Charge 
(PFC), allowing airports to more effectively finance projects 
that improve airport infrastructure and benefit the traveling 
public, and streamlines the PFC application process to increase 
airport flexibility in financing projects and reduce both 
airport and federal administrative costs.
    H.R. 4441 establishes an independent, not-for-profit 
corporation, to provide air traffic (AT) services, governed by 
a board representing the system's users and the public 
interest. The bill preserves the FAA's authority to oversee 
aviation safety. H.R. 4441 establishes a stable, self-
sustaining user fee structure to finance the corporation's AT 
operations, and transfers federal employees who perform AT 
services to the corporation.
    This bill also reforms the FAA's aircraft certification 
processes by requiring greater utilization of current FAA 
authority to delegate certain certification functions; 
improving FAA workforce training and development for FAA 
inspectors and engineers; providing for greater FAA 
collaboration with industry and labor stakeholders, as well as 
increased transparency and accountability for both the FAA and 
industry; ensuring consistency in regulatory interpretation 
among FAA regional offices and headquarters; and addressing 
delays in foreign certification of U.S. products abroad and 
requires the FAA to promote U.S. aerospace safety standards 
abroad.
    H.R. 4441 improves aviation safety by, strengthening 
voluntary safety reporting programs for pilots; addressing 
alternative methods of tracking aircraft over oceans and 
promotes related technologies; ensuring pilots are sufficiently 
trained on manual flying skills and how to monitor aircraft 
automation systems; directing the FAA to identify any cockpit 
safety vulnerabilities; including measures related to the 
transport of lithium ion batteries, including as cargo on 
passenger aircraft; strengthening general aviation (GA) safety 
by streamlining the approval processes for the installation of 
safety-enhancing technologies on small GA airplanes; directing 
the FAA to develop a comprehensive plan to address 
cybersecurity vulnerabilities; and streamlining the FAA's 
medical certification process for certain small aircraft 
pilots.
    The bill also addresses consumer protections by, requiring 
airlines to refund baggage fees for bags delayed more than 24 
hours on domestic flights; banning the use of cell phones for 
in-flight voice communications on scheduled passenger flights; 
ensuring that airlines notify passengers of their consumer 
rights and display the DOT consumer complaint hotline number on 
their website homepage; extending the DOT Advisory Committee 
for Aviation Consumer Protection; requiring large and medium 
airports to provide private rooms in every terminal for nursing 
mothers; requiring airlines to notify families, before tickets 
are booked, if family members are assigned separate seats; and 
modifying DOT's tarmac delay rule to reduce the frequency of 
preemptive flight cancellations.
    Lastly, the bill expedites safe deployment of commercial 
UAS by creating a risk-based permitting process. It fosters the 
development of sense-and-avoid and beyond light of sight 
systems at UAS test ranges and establishes a streamlined 
process for the FAA to permit the operation of small UAS for 
certain uses. H.R. 4441 creates a ``micro'' classification for 
UAS weighing less than 4.4 pounds, which would be exempt from 
certain regulatory requirements, and directs the FAA to conduct 
a pilot program to evaluate UAS detection and mitigation 
systems at airports. It also establishes a UAS Advisory 
Committee to provide recommendations to the FAA on safe 
integration of UAS.

Legislative History

    On February 3, 2016, H.R. 4441 was introduced by 
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On February 11, 2016, H.R. 4441 was ordered reported, as 
amended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
by the Yeas and Nays 34-25.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


ISSUES REGARDING MODERNIZING AND OPERATING THE NATION'S AIRSPACE SYSTEM

    On February 25, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion on issues related to the FAA's modernization and 
operation of the Nation's airspace system. Attendees 
represented the Office of the Inspector General of the 
Department of Transportation (DOT IG), Airlines for America 
(A4A), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), 
Honeywell, National Air Traffic Controllers Association 
(NATCA), and the Reason Foundation.

   FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION REAUTHORIZATION: ENABLING A 21ST-
                        CENTURY AVIATION SYSTEM

    On March 3, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on issues 
related to the FAA and the programs it administers with a view 
toward reauthorizing them before expiration on September 30, 
2015. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the FAA 
Administrator, Michael Huerta.

 OPTIONS FOR FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL REFORM

    On March 24, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine options for reforming air traffic control (ATC) 
operations at the FAA. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
DOT IG, a former FAA Air Traffic Organization official, the FAA 
Management Advisory Council, a former White House National 
Economic Council senior staff member, a Department of Defense 
and Public Buildings Service official, and representatives of 
A4A, NATCA, and the Reason Foundation.

          ENSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION'S AVIATION SYSTEM

    On April 30, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion on aviation safety issues and policies as the 
Committee works toward the reauthorization of the FAA. 
Participants included NTSB, DOT IG, the Regional Airline 
Association, AOPA, and a representative of the Families of 
Continental Flight 3407.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION REAUTHORIZATION: AIRPORT FINANCING AND 
                              DEVELOPMENT

    On May 21, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion on issues related to airport financing and 
development. Participants included the FAA, Ventura County 
Department of Airports, Moody's Investors Service, Southwest 
Airlines, and Tampa International Airport.

    ENSURING AVIATION SAFETY IN THE ERA OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

    On October 7, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
explore issues related to aviation safety as the number of UAS 
increases in the United States. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the FAA, the United States Forest Service, the 
Academy of Model Aeronautics, the Air Line Pilots Association 
and a professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

     REVIEW OF FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION CONTROLLER STAFFING

    On December 8, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion on issues related to air traffic controller hiring, 
staffing and training plans. Participants included the FAA, DOT 
IG, and NATCA.

             REVIEW OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL REFORM PROPOSALS

    On February 10, 2016, the Committee held a hearing to 
examine proposals to reform the ATC operations of the FAA. The 
Committee heard testimony from A4A, NATCA, the Reason 
Foundation, and the National Business Aviation Association.

     A REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION'S AIR TRAFFIC 
             CONTROLLER HIRING, STAFFING AND TRAINING PLANS

    On June 15, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
the air traffic controller hiring, staffing and training plans 
of the Federal Aviation Administration. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the Air Traffic Organization of the FAA, the DOT 
IG, NATCA, and Southwest Airlines.

     FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OVERSIGHT OF COMMERCIAL SPACE 
                             TRANSPORTATION

    On June 22, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
explore issues related to the FAA's oversight of the commercial 
space transportation industry. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the FAA, members of the Commercial Space Transportation 
Advisory Committee, the director of civil aviation issues of 
the GAO, and the chief technology officer of World View 
Enterprises.

                           Oversight Letters


        REVIEW OF TSA MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST

    On June 24, 2013, Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Frank 
A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested that the GAO review Transportation 
Security Administration's (TSA) process for modifying their 
prohibited items list, including how it consults with private 
and public stakeholders and how this process addresses TSA's 
risk-based approach toward screening procedures. GAO issued a 
report entitled ``TSA Should Take Additional Action to Obtain 
Stakeholder Input When Modifying the Prohibited Items List'' 
(GAO-15-261) on March 6, 2015.

                 REVIEW OF FAA ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    On September 4, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo requested the DOT IG review 
the FAA's current organizational structure, compare it with 
other countries' air traffic control organizations, and 
identify possible benefits of alternative structural reforms. 
The DOT IG issued a report entitled ``There Are Significant 
Differences Between FAA and Foreign Countries' Processes for 
Operating Air Navigation Systems'' (AV-2015-084) on September 
9, 2015.

               NEW PILOT RECORDS DATABASE IMPLEMENTATION

    On September 10, 2013, Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested the DOT IG continue to monitor and examine FAA and 
industry progress in implementing the new pilot records 
database as mandated by the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation 
Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-216). This is 
the final major mandate put in place in response to the tragic 
February 2009 Colgan Air flight 3407 regional airline accident. 
The DOT IG issued a report entitled ``FAA Delays in 
Establishing a Pilot Records Database Limit Air Carriers' 
Access to Background Information'' (AV-2015-079) on August 20, 
2015.

               RESPONDING TO NEXTGEN CHALLENGES: A REVIEW

    On September 26, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo GAO review how effectively 
the FAA has responded to the challenges in NextGen 
implementation that have been identified by the GAO and others. 
GAO issued a report entitled ``FAA Needs a More Comprehensive 
Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to 
NextGen'' (GAO-15-370) on April 14, 2015.

EVALUATION OF FAA INFORMATION SECURITY CONTROLS IMPLEMENTATION FOR AIR 
                            TRAFFIC CONTROL

    On September 26, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested that GAO 
update its 2005 study evaluating the extent the FAA has 
implemented effective information security controls for air 
traffic control. GAO issued a report entitled ``FAA Needs to 
Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems'' (GAO-15-
221) on March 2, 2015.

             UPDATE ON AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING

    On September 26, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested that GAO 
review future demands on airport infrastructure and the funding 
capacity of airports to meet national and regional needs and to 
maintain a safe and efficient airport system. GAO issued a 
report entitled ``Airport Finance--Information on Funding 
Sources and Planned Capital Development'' (GAO-15-306) on May 
20, 2015.

                       AVIATION ACTIVITY FORECAST

    On September 26, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested that GAO 
study how the levels of aviation activity in the future will 
impact FAA operations and funding. Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was 
subsequently added as a co-requestor. GAO issued a report 
entitled ``FAA Should Implement Additional Risk-Management 
Practices in Forecasting Aviation Activity'' (GAO-16-210) on 
March 16, 2016.

                      SESAR INTEROPERABILITY STUDY

    On September 26, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested that GAO 
review progress made by the FAA and key stakeholders to achieve 
global air traffic control harmonization and airspace 
interoperability, and in particular how the FAA's NextGen and 
the European's SESAR (the European air traffic control 
modernization program) can be better harmonized to streamline 
operations. GAO issued a report entitled ``Next Generation Air 
Transportation System--Improved Risk Analysis Could Strengthen 
FAA's Global Interoperability Efforts'' (GAO-15-608) on August 
28, 2015.

                REVIEWING FAA'S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    On October 1, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) and Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested that DOT IG gather a wide range of stakeholder 
perspectives, including labor, airlines, airports, and general 
aviation users, on the effectiveness of the FAA's 
organizational structure to support both the implementation of 
NextGen and the day-to-day operation of the National Airspace 
System. The DOT IG issued a report entitled ``There Are 
Significant Differences Between FAA and Foreign Countries' 
Processes for Operating Air Navigation Systems'' (AV-2015-0844) 
on September 2, 2015 and another report entitled ``FAA Reforms 
Have Not Achieved Expected Cost, Efficiency, and Modernization 
Outcomes'' (AV-2016-015) on January 15, 2016.

MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE BASED NAVIGATION PROCEDURES THROUGH AIR TRAFFIC 
                      CONTROLLER AUTOMATION TOOLS

    On October 3, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) and Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested the DOT IG assess the FAA's progress in developing 
and deploying new air traffic controller automation tools 
needed to maximize the use of Performance Based Navigation 
procedures. The DOT IG issued a report entitled ``FAA Has Not 
Effectively Deployed Controller Automation Tools That Optimize 
Benefits of Performance-Based Navigation'' (AV-2015-081) on 
August 20, 2015.

                UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS BASELINE STUDY

    On November 20, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member 
Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman 
Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ), Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), 
and subsequently Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) 
requested the GAO undertake a study to provide a baseline of 
information, status, challenges and recommendations for 
improvement with regard to the acquisition of UAS' operational 
and safety data and the coordination of research and 
development activities among federal agencies and between the 
federal and private sectors. GAO issued a report entitled 
``Unmanned Aerial Systems--FAA Continues Progress Toward 
Integration into the National Airspace'' (GAO-15-610) on August 
17, 2015.

            UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS COMPETITIVENESS STUDY

    On November 20, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member 
Rick Larsen (D-WA) and subsequently Committee Ranking Member 
Peter DeFazio (D-OR) requested GAO undertake a study to address 
the key similarities and differences in the progress, 
development, and civilian uses of unmanned aircraft systems in 
key international markets and our trading partners, their 
implications for American competitiveness, and what lessons can 
be found for the United States from international approaches to 
the development and integration of unmanned aircraft systems. 
GAO's report on this matter was combined with the report 
entitled ``Unmanned Aerial Systems--FAA Continues Progress 
Toward Integration into the National Airspace'' (GAO-15-610) on 
August 17, 2015.

       FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION'S CERTIFICATION PROCESSES

    On November 22, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested GAO 
conduct a review of the FAA's progress in carrying out 
recommendations developed from section 312 and 313 in the FAA 
Modernization and Reform Act concerning the FAA's efforts to 
streamline and reduce regional inconsistencies of 
interpretation for its certification processes. In December 
2013, Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking 
Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued another request on FAA's 
certification processes. In response to these requests, GAO 
issued a report as testimony entitled ``Issues Related to 
Domestic Certification and Foreign Approval of U.S. Aviation 
Products'' (GAO-15-327T) on January 21, 2015.

                         FAA REVIEW AND REFORM

    On November 22, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested the GAO 
review and analyze the progress that the FAA has made in 
addressing its recommendations from section 812 of the FAA 
Modernization and Reform Act, which required the FAA to 
identify and develop recommendations to mitigate redundant, 
duplicative, ineffective or obsolete processes, positions, or 
offices. GAO issued a report entitled ``FAA Improved Tracking 
of Results Needed to Provide Confidence in Benefits of 
Streamlining Activities'' (GAO-15-247) on February 26, 2015.

 FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FUNDING STABILITY (BUDGET UNCERTAINTY)

    On February 13, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member 
Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Frank 
A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested that GAO provide a report on the effects of budget 
uncertainty on the FAA, the causes and reasons for budget 
uncertainty, and how to prevent this from happening. GAO issued 
a report entitled ``Aviation Finance--Observations on the 
Effects of Budget Uncertainty on FAA'' (GAO-16-198R) on 
December 8, 2015.

                AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER HIRING PRACTICES

    On June 10, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) wrote a letter to 
the DOT IG requesting review of FAA's ATC hiring programs and 
practices. The letter specifically requested that the DOT IG 
look closely at Biographical Assessment to address allegations 
of systemic cheating on this test.

                    SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

    On July 8, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Aviation 
Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick 
Larsen (D-WA), requested that GAO provide a study of the risks, 
challenges, and potential mitigations of unauthorized small UAS 
operations to the National Airspace System.

      EN ROUTE AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION/CRISIS RESPONSE MANAGEMENT

    On August 21, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Aviation Chairman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) requested that GAO 
provide a study reviewing the causes of En Route Automation 
Modernization (ERAM) outages and the FAA's responsive actions 
to these outages. The letter also requested that GAO determine 
whether or not ERAM will support a wide range of NextGen 
capabilities. The report is expected in the 115th Congress.

              OPERATION OF AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE PROVIDERS

    On April 12, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) requested that GAO provide a study on 
the operation of air ambulance service providers, including 
issues related to pricing, operating costs, the effectiveness 
of DOT enforcement actions against unreasonable pricing or 
anticompetitive practices of air ambulance operators, and the 
state of air ambulance service industry competition. This 
report is expected in the 115th Congress.

                        REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

    In a letter dated December 21, 2016 to Secretary of 
Transportation Anthony Foxx, Chairman Shuster requested 
information about various aviation programs in preparation for 
the 115th Congress. The specific inquiries relate to airports, 
air traffic control, certification, consumer protection, 
unmanned aircraft systems and other areas.

                       Minority Oversight Letters


                       AVIATION ACTIVITY FORECAST

    On March 13, 2013, Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member 
Rick Larsen (D-WA) requested that GAO study how aviation 
activity forecasts affect FAA staffing, workload and funding. 
GAO issued a report entitled ``FAA Should Implement Additional 
Risk-Management Practices in Forecasting Aviation Activity'' 
(GAO-16-210) on March 16, 2016.

                      SESAR INTEROPERABILITY STUDY

    On March 13, 2013, Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member 
Rick Larsen (D-WA) requested that GAO review progress made by 
the FAA and key stakeholders to achieve global air traffic 
control harmonization and airspace interoperability, and in 
particular how the FAA's NextGen and the European's SESAR (the 
European air traffic control modernization program) can be 
better harmonized to streamline operations. GAO issued a report 
entitled ``Next Generation Air Transportation System--Improved 
Risk Analysis Could Strengthen FAA's Global Interoperability 
Efforts'' (GAO-15-608) on August 28, 2015.

                  OVERSIGHT OF FOREIGN REPAIR STATIONS

    On January 16, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested that the GAO study FAA's oversight of the contract 
maintenance industries ability to comply with U.S. safety 
standards and the impact of airline maintenance outsourcing. 
GAO issued a report entitled ``Aviation Safety: FAA's Risk 
Based Oversight for Repair Stations Could Benefit from 
Additional Airline Data and Performance Metrics [Reissued on 
September 2, 2016]'' (GAO-16-679) on July 28, 2016.

         REVIEW OF FAA OVERSIGHT OF SUSPECTED UNAPPROVED PARTS

    On March 6, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested that the Department of Transportation, Office of 
Inspector General, evaluate the FAA's capability to identify 
and interdict suspected unapproved parts and take timely 
corrective actions. The report is expected to be released in 
early 2017.

             OPEN SKIES AGREEMENT WITH MIDDLE EAST CARRIERS

    On March 9, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio requested the DOT 
and the Department of State fully consider the allegations that 
the three largest carriers in the Persian Gulf region were 
competing against U.S. carriers with the benefit of unfair 
state subsidies, thereby creating an anti-competitive 
situation.

                         LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

    On April 24, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio wrote to the 
Secretary of Transportation to register his concerns over the 
transport by air of lithium batteries and requested a briefing 
from the Department of Transportation on the International 
Civil Aviation Organization's Dangerous Goods Panel meeting on 
the transportation of lithium ion batteries and what the 
outcome of those meetings.

      CONSEQUENCES OF SEPARATION OF THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM

    On May 20, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-OR) 
requested that the Government Accountability Office study the 
potential challenges and consequences associated with 
separating the air traffic control system from the Federal 
Aviation Administration.

                       REGIONAL AIRLINE PILOT PAY

    On June 5, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested that the DOT IG study FAA's role in overseeing 
regional airline safety and regional pilot airline pay. The 
report is expected in January 2017.

           HAZARDS OF AIR TRANSPORTATION OF LITHIUM BATTERIES

    On October 20, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote to 
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx expressing his 
continued, serious concern over safety risks associated with 
the transport by air of lithium-ion batteries. In the letter, 
Ranking Member DeFazio urged the Secretary to ensure that the 
U.S. delegation to the International Civil Aviation 
Organization's Dangerous Goods Panel support a temporary but 
absolute ban on bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries on 
passenger-carrying aircraft until more research can identify 
methods of transporting them at acceptable levels of safely.

U.S.-JAPAN OPEN SKIES AGREEMENT REGARDING TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT--
                                 HANEDA

    On November 18, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent 
a letter to Secretary of Transportation Foxx and Secretary of 
State Kerry requesting they consider broader effects on the 
U.S. airline industry when contemplating any agreement with 
Japan to incrementally increase slot availability at Tokyo 
Haneda Airport.

         NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL FOREIGN AIR CARRIER PERMIT

    On February 17, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a 
letter to Secretary of Transportation Foxx expressing concerns 
over an application for a foreign air carrier permit by 
Norwegian Air UK. The letter requested that the Department 
review all relevant information from Norwegian Air UK on how it 
will manage its labor force.

                 FAA OVERSIGHT OF MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS

    On June 7, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) 
requested the DOT IG evaluate FAA's oversight of maintenance 
programs, including how inspectors investigate alleged safety 
violations and assess corrective actions.

        NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE U.S.-EUROPEAN UNION

    On July 28, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a 
letter to The Honorable Violeta Bulc, European Union 
Commissioner for Transport, explaining his concerns over the 
foreign air carrier permit applications of Norwegian Air 
International and Norwegian Air UK.

                         AIR CABIN NOISE LEVELS

    On November 1, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) requested 
that the GAO study the role of the FAA and the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration on average noise levels in 
aircraft cabins and options to mitigate any resultant 
occupational injuries among flight attendants.

                      Oversight Within Legislation


  TRAINING POLICIES REGARDING ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    Section 2107 of P.L. 114-190, the FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires GAO to submit a 
report assessing required air carrier personnel and training 
programs regarding the assistance of persons with disabilities. 
This report is expected in the 115th Congress.

                         AVIATION CYBERSECURITY

    Section 2111 of P.L. 114-190, the FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires the FAA, after 
consultation with the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology (NIST), to submit a report on a cybersecurity 
standards plan to improve implementation of the NIST's latest 
revisions to information security guidance for the FAA and an 
explanation of why any such revisions may not be incorporated 
in the plan. This report is expected in the 115th Congress.

    PILOT PROJECT FOR AIRPORT SAFETY AND AIRSPACE HAZARD MITIGATION

    Section 2206 of P.L. 114-190, the FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires the FAA to submit 
a report on the results of the unmanned aircraft hazard 
mitigation pilot program. The report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

      UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS-MANNED AIRCRAFT COLLISION RESEARCH

    Section 2212 of P.L. 114-190, the FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires the FAA to submit 
a report on testing and modeling conducted in coordination with 
NASA of collisions between manned and unmanned aircraft. This 
report is expected in the 115th Congress.

          PROBABILISTIC METRICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY

    Section 2213 of P.L. 114-190, the FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires the FAA to submit 
a report on studies conducted with the National Academies 
regarding the use of probabilistic risk assessments to 
streamline integration of unmanned aircraft into the national 
airspace system. This report is expected in the 115th Congress.

      WORKING GROUP ON IMPROVING AIR SERVICE TO SMALL COMMUNITIES

    Section 2303 of P.L. 114-190, the FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires the Secretary of 
Transportation to submit a report summarizing the views 
expressed by participants in the small community air service 
working group established under that section and to compile 
legislative and regulatory recommendations that would assist in 
maintaining and improving small community air service. This 
report is expected in the 115th Congress.

             MEDICAL CERTIFICATION OF SMALL AIRCRAFT PILOTS

    Section 2307 of P.L. 114-190, The FAA Extension, Safety, 
and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), requires the FAA, in 
coordination with the NTSB, to submit a report that describes 
the effect of revised medical certification regulations for 
certain general aviation pilots issued under that section. The 
report must also include statistics that reflect changes in 
small aircraft activities and safety incidents. This report is 
expected in the 117th Congress.

   REFUNDS TO REGISTERED VENDORS OF KEROSENE USED IN NON-COMMERCIAL 
                                AVIATION

    Section 42001 of P.L. 114-94, the FAST Act (H.R. 22), 
required GAO to conduct a study and submit a report on payments 
made to vendors of kerosene used in noncommercial aviation. GAO 
issued a report entitled ``Airport and Airway Trust Fund--Less 
Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are 
Transferred'' (GAO-16-746R) on August 8, 2016.

                           TARMAC DELAY RULE

    Section 406 of P.L. 112-95, the FAA Modernization and 
Reform Act of 2012, requires the DOT IG to submit a report to 
assess the impact of DOT's rules on the decisions of the 
carriers on whether or not to delay or cancel flights and the 
impact this would have on the industry as a whole. DOT IG 
issued a report entitled ``Effects of the Tarmac Delay Rule on 
Airline Cancellations and Delays'' (ST-2017-003) on October 26, 
2016.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Federal Aviation Administration 
Reauthorization: Enabling a 21st-Century Aviation System'' 
(March 3, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-7
    Hearing entitled ``Options for Federal Aviation 
Administration Air Traffic Control Reform'' (March 24, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-11
    Hearing entitled ``Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of 
Unmanned Aircraft Systems'' (October 7, 2015) Committee Serial 
Number 114-28
    Hearing entitled ``A Review of the Federal Aviation 
Administration's Air Traffic Controller Hiring, Staffing and 
Training Plans'' (June 15, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-45
    Hearing entitled ``Federal Aviation Administration 
Oversight of Commercial Space Transportation'' (June 22, 2016) 
Committee Serial Number 114-46
        SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


    DUNCAN HUNTER, California, 
             Chairman
   JOHN GARAMENDI, California, 
          Ranking Member

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         DON YOUNG, Alaska
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
JANICE HAHN, California=             BOB GIBBS, Ohio
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
JULIA BROWNLEY, California           GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon (ex officio)CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina
                                     LEE M. ZELDIN, New York
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

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=Janice Hahn resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives on 
December 4, 2016.

                         Legislative Activities


  Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-81 (H.R. 774)

Summary

    This bill amends the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium 
Protection Act to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) and the Coast Guard to enforce specified 
laws to address illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) 
fishing. NOAA and other federal and state agencies are given 
the authority to enforce those laws, including enforcement 
through vessel forfeiture and civil and criminal penalties. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Natural Resources to 
clear enforcement provisions in H.R. 774 within the Committee's 
jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On February 5, 2015, H.R. 774 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU).
    On July 20, 2015, H.R. 774 was reported with amendments by 
the Committee on Natural Resources (H. Rept. 114-212).
    On July 27, 2015, H.R. 774 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On October 21, 2015, H.R. 774 was passed by the Senate 
without amendment by unanimous consent.
    On October 26, 2015, H.R. 774 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 5, 2015, H.R. 774 was signed by the President 
becoming Public Law 114-81.

        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-92 (H.R. 1735/S. 1356)

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 1735 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2016 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 1735 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Aviation, the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings, and 
the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Armed Services to clear 
provisions in H.R. 1735 within the Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On April 13, 2015, H.R. 1735 was introduced by Congressman 
Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed 
Services.
    On May 5, 2015, H.R. 1735 was reported, as amended, by the 
Committee on Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-102).
    On May 12, 2015, a supplemental report for H.R. 1735 was 
reported by the Committee on Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-102, 
Part II).
    On May 15, 2015, H.R. 1735 was considered under a rule and 
passed by a vote of 269-151 (Roll No. 239).
    On May 21, 2015, H.R. 1735 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders (Calendar No. 99).
    On June 18, 2015, H.R. 1735 was passed by the Senate with 
an amendment by a vote of 71-25.
    On June 25, 2015, Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) moved 
that the House disagree with the Senate amendment, and a 
conference was agreed to by a voice vote.
    On July 10, 2015, the Speaker appointed Congressman Garret 
Graves (R-LA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Congresswoman Eleanor 
Holmes Norton (D-DC) as additional conferees on behalf of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 
consideration of sections 302, 562, 569, 570a, 591, 1060a, 
1073, 2811, and 3501 of the House bill and sections 601, 642, 
1613, 3504, and 3505 of the Senate amendment.
    On September 29, 2015, the conference report (H. Conf. 
Rept. 114-270) was filed.
    The conference report was considered on October 1, 2015, 
and was agreed to by a vote of 270-156 (Roll No. 532).
    On October 7, 2015, the Senate agreed to the conference 
report by a vote of 70-27 (Record Vote Number: 277).
    On October 21, 2015, H.R. 1735 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 22, 2015, H.R. 1735 was vetoed by the President.
    On May 14, 2015, S. 1356 was introduced by Senator Ron 
Johnson (R-WI), passed the Senate without amendment by 
unanimous consent, was received by the House and was held at 
the desk.
    On November 5, 2015, Congressman Mac Thornberry, (R-TX) 
moved that the House suspend the rules and pass S. 1356 as 
amended and the bill passed 370-58 (Roll No. 618).
    On November 10, 2015, S. 1356 was laid before the Senate by 
unanimous consent. The Senate agreed to the House amendment to 
S. 1356 by a vote of 91-3 (Record Vote Number: 301).
    On November 17, 2015, S. 1356 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 25, 2015, S. 1356 became Public Law 114-92.

   Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2015


             ENACTED AS PART OF THE FAST ACT (P.L. 114-94)

Summary

    Title X of the FAST Act reauthorizes expenditure authority 
for the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act through 
fiscal year 2020 and reforms grant programs to reduce 
administrative costs and increase flexibility for states. The 
act also provides parity for the Coast Guard by establishing a 
set-aside for the Service's administrative expenses. Similar 
legislation, H.R. 3462, Sportfishing Restoration and 
Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2015, was introduced by 
Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) on September 21, 2015.

Legislative History

    On January 6, 2015, H.R. 22 was introduced by Congressman 
Rodney Davis (R-IL) and was considered under suspension of the 
rules and passed 412-0 (Roll No. 7).
    On July 30, 2015, H.R. 22, as amended, passed the Senate 
65-34 (Record Vote No. 260).
    On November 5, 2015, the House agreed to a conference 371-
54 (Roll No. 624).
    On November 10, 2015, the Senate appointed conferees, 
Senate appointed conferees Inhofe, Thune, Hatch, Murkowski, 
Fischer, Barrasso, Cornyn, Boxer, Brown, Nelson, Wyden, Durbin, 
Schumer.
    On November 5, 2015, the House agreed to the amendments en 
gros (including text of H.R. 3763) by 363-64 (Roll No. 624) and 
the Speaker appointed the following conferees: from the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Shuster, Duncan 
of Tennessee, Graves of Missouri, Miller of Michigan, Crawford, 
Barletta, Farenthold, Gibbs, Denham, Ribble, Perry, Woodall, 
Katko, Babin, Hardy, Graves of Louisiana, DeFazio, Norton, 
Nadler, Brown of Florida, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, 
Cummings, Larsen of Washington, Capuano, Napolitano, Lipinski, 
Cohen, and Sires.
    On November 10, 2015, the Senate disagreed to the House 
amendment to the Senate amendment and agreed to a conference 
and appointed conferees: Inhofe, Thune, Hatch, Murkowski, 
Fischer, Barrasso, Cornyn, Boxer, Brown, Nelson, Wyden, Durbin, 
and Schumer.
    On November 17, 2015, the Speaker appointed additional 
conferees:
    From the Committee on Armed Services: Thornberry, Rogers 
(AL), and Sanchez, Loretta.
    From the Committee on Energy and Commerce: Upton, Mullin, 
and Pallone.
    From the Committee on Financial Services: Hensarling, 
Neugebauer, and Waters, Maxine.
    From the Committee on the Judiciary: Goodlatte, Marino, and 
Lofgren.
    From the Committee on Natural Resources: Thompson (PA), 
LaHood, and Grijalva.
    From the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: 
Mica, Hurd (TX), and Connolly.
    From the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Smith 
(TX), Comstock, and Edwards.
    From the Committee on Ways and Means: Brady (TX), Reichert, 
and Levin.
    On November 18, 2015, the House and Senate held a formal 
conference meeting and Chairman Shuster was nominated as Chair 
of the conference.
    On December 1, 2015, the conference report (H. Conf. Rept. 
114-357) was filed.
    On December 3, 2015, the conference report was considered 
under the provision of rule H. Res. 546 and the House agreed to 
the conference report by 359-65 (Roll No. 673).
    On December 3, 2015, the Senate agreed to the conference 
report by 83-16 (Record Vote No. 331).
    On December 4, 2015, H.R. 22 was presented to the President 
and was signed, becoming Public Law 114-94.
    On December 1, 2015, the conference report (H. Conf. Rept. 
114-357) was filed.
    On December 3, 2015, the House agreed to the conference 
report 359-65 (Roll No. 673).
    On December 3, 2015, Senate agreed to conference report 83-
16 (Record Vote No. 331).
    On December 4, 2015, H.R. 22 was presented to the 
President, signed and became Public Law 114-94.

                 Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015


            PUBLIC LAW 114-120 (H.R. 4188/H.R. 1987/S. 1611)

Summary

    H.R. 4188, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, 
authorizes $9.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Coast 
Guard for each of the fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The bill 
authorizes the end-of-year strength for active duty military 
personnel at 43,000 for each of the fiscal years 2016 and 2017. 
And the bill also authorizes $24.7 million for (Federal 
Maritime Administrator (FMC) for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. 
Finally, the bill makes several reforms to Coast Guard 
authorities and laws governing shipping and navigation, as well 
as the conveyance of Coast Guard properties in Alaska and 
California.

Legislative History

    On April 23, 2015, H.R. 1987 was introduced by Congressman 
Duncan Hunter (R-CA).
    On April 30, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1987 reported as amended to the House On May 
15, 2015, H.R. 1987 was reported (H. Rept. 114-115) and placed 
on Union Calendar (Calendar No. 81).
    On May 18, 2015, H.R. 1987 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On May 19, 2015, H.R. 1987 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation.
    On December 8, 2015, H.R. 4188 was introduced by 
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA).
    On December 10, 2015, H.R. 4188 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On December 14, 2015, H.R. 4188 was received in the Senate.
    On December 18, 2015, H.R. 4188 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by voice vote.
    On February 1, 2016, the House considered H.R. 4188 as 
amended under suspension of the rules and passed the bill by 
voice vote.
    On February 4, 2016, H.R. 4188 was presented to the 
President.
    On February 8, 2016, H.R. 4188 was signed by the President 
becoming P.L. 114-120.

        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-XXX (H.R. 4909/S. 2943)

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 4909 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2017 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 4909 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Aviation, the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings, and 
the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Armed Services to clear 
provisions in H.R. 4909 within the Committee's jurisdiction. 
Additionally, during conference committee deliberations, the 
Committee worked with the Committee on Armed Services and with 
the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to 
clear provisions included in S. 2829, the Maritime 
Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal 
Year 2017, within the Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On April 12, 2016, H.R. 4909 was introduced by Congressman 
Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
    On May 4, 2016, H.R. 4909 was reported by the Committee on 
Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-537).
    On May 12, 2016, a supplemental report (H. Rept. 114-537, 
Part II) was filed.
    On May 18, 2016, H.R. 4909 was considered under a rule and 
passed by a vote of 277-147 (Roll No. 216).
    On May 26, 2016, H.R. 4909 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General 
Orders. Calendar No. 502.
    On May 18, 2016, S. 2493 was introduced in the Senate by 
Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
    On May 18, 2016, the Senate committee on Armed Services 
ordered S. 2493 reported with a written report. (S. Rept. 114-
255).
    On June 14, 2016, S. 2493 passed the Senate with amendments 
by 85-13. Record Vote Number: 98.
    On July 8, 2016, the House struck all after the enacting 
clause and inserted in lieu thereof the provisions H.R. 4909 
and passed S. 2393 as amended without objection.
    On July 8, 2016, the House insisted upon its amendment, and 
requested a conference.
    On July 8, 2016, the Speaker appointed conferees:
    Committee on Armed Services for consideration of the Senate 
bill and the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Thornberry, Forbes, Miller (FL), Wilson (SC), 
LoBiondo, Bishop (UT), Turner, Kline, Rogers (AL), Franks (AZ), 
Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Gibson, Hartzler, Heck 
(NV), Stefanik, Smith (WA), Sanchez, Loretta, Davis (CA), 
Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, 
Garamendi, Johnson (GA), Speier, and Peters.
    Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 
consideration of matters within the jurisdiction of that 
committee under clause 11 of rule X: Nunes, Pompeo, and Schiff. 
The Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration 
of secs. 571-74 and 578 of the Senate bill, and secs. 571, 573, 
1098E, and 3512 of the House amendment, and modifications 
committed to conference: Walberg, Guthrie, and Scott (VA).
    Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of secs. 
3112 and 3123 of the Senate bill, and secs. 346, 601, 749, 
1045, 1090, 1095, 1673, 3119A, and 3119C of the House 
amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Latta, 
Johnson of Ohio, and Pallone.
    Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration of secs. 
828, 1006, 1007, 1050, 1056, 1089, 1204, 1211, 1221-23, 1231, 
1232, 1242, 1243, 1247, 1252, 1253, 1255-58, 1260, 1263, 1264, 
1271-73, 1276, 1283, 1301, 1302, 1531-33, and 1662 of the 
Senate bill, and secs. 926, 1011, 1013, 1083, 1084, 1098K, 
1099B, 1099C, 1201, 1203, 1214, 1221-23, 1227, 1229, 1233, 
1235, 1236, 1245, 1246, 1250, 1259A-59E, 1259J, 1259L, 1259P, 
1259Q, 1259U, 1261, 1262, 130103, 1510, 1531-33, 1645, 1653, 
and 2804 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Royce, Zeldin, and Engel.
    Committee on Homeland Security for consideration of secs. 
564 and 1091 of the Senate bill, and secs. 1097, 1869, 1869A, 
and 3510 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: McCaul, Donovan, and Thompson (MS).
    Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 829J, 
829K, 944, 963, 1006, 1023-25, 1053, 1093, 1283, 3303, and 3304 
of the Senate bill, and secs. 598, 1090, 1098H, 1216, 1261, and 
3608 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Goodlatte, Issa, and Conyers.
    Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 
601, 2825, subtitle D of title XXVIII, and sec. 2852 of the 
Senate bill, and secs. 312, 601, 1090, 1098H, 2837, 2839, 
2839A, subtitle E of title XXVIII, secs. 2852, 2854, 2855, 
2864-66, title XXX, secs. 3508, 7005, and title LXXIII of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Cook, Hardy, and Grijalva.
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for 
consideration of secs. 339, 703, 819, 821, 829H, 829I, 861, 
944, 1048, 1054, 1097, 1103-07, 1109-13, 1121, 1124, 1131-33, 
1135, and 1136 of the Senate bill, and secs. 574, 603, 807, 
821, 1048, 1088, 1095, 1098L, 1101, 1102, 1104-06, 1108-11, 
1113, 1259C, and 1631 of the House amendment, and modifications 
committed to conference: Chaffetz, Russell, and Cummings.
    Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for 
consideration of sec. 874 of the Senate bill and secs. 1605, 
1673, and title XXXIII of the House amendment, and 
modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Weber (TX), 
and Johnson, E. B.
    Committee on Small Business for consideration of secs. 818, 
838, 874, and 898 of the Senate bill, and title XVIII of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Chabot, Knight, and Velazquez.
    Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 
consideration of secs. 541, 562, 601, 961, 3302-07, 3501, and 
3502 of the Senate bill, and secs. 343, 601, 731, 835, 1043, 
1671, 3119C, 3501, 3504, 3509, 3512, and title XXXVI of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Hunter, Rouzer, and Maloney, Sean.
    Committee on Veterans' Affairs for consideration of secs. 
706, 755, and 1431 of the Senate bill, and secs. 741, 1421, and 
1864 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Roe (TN), Bost, and Takano.
    Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of sec. 1271 
of the Senate bill, and modifications committed to conference: 
Brady (TX), Reichert, and Levin.
    On July 14, 2016, S. 2493 was laid before Senate by 
unanimous consent, disagreed to the House amendments, agreed to 
the request for conference, and appointed conferees: McCain, 
Inhofe, Sessions, Wicker, Ayotte, Fischer, Cotton, Rounds, 
Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, Lee, Graham, Cruz, Reed, Nelson, 
McCaskill, Manchin, Shaheen, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Donnelly, 
Hirono, Kaine, King, and Heinrich made in Senate.
    On November 30, 2016, the Conference report (H. Rept. 114-
840) was filed.
    On December 2, 2016, the House passed the conference report 
375-34 (Roll no. 600).
    On December 7 and 8, 2016, the conference report was 
considered by the Senate and pass 92-7 (Record Vote Number 
159).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 2493 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 23, 2016, S. 2493 was signed by the President.

  Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives Regarding the 
 Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 
               2001, on the 15th Anniversary of That Date


                              H. RES. 842

Summary

    H. Res. 842 recognizes September 11th as a day of solemn 
commemoration and extends deepest sympathies to the innocent 
victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their 
families, friends, and loved ones. The bill honors the heroism 
and sacrifices of military and civilian personnel and their 
families in defense of the United States and credits the 
heroism of first responders, law enforcement personnel, state 
and local officials, volunteers, and others who aided the 
victims of the attacks. Further, the bill thanks the leaders 
and citizens of nations who have assisted and continue to stand 
in solidarity with the United States against terrorism in the 
aftermath of the attacks.

Legislative History

    On September 6, 2016, H. Res. 842 was introduced by 
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
    On September 9, 2016, H. Res. 842 was considered in the 
House and was agreed to without objection.

                The Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1684)

Summary

    This bill amends the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to make 
foreign facilities that are located offshore and outside the 
boundary of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) liable for 
removal costs and damages that result from oil spills that 
reach (or threaten to reach) navigable waters of the United 
States, adjoining shorelines, or the EEZ. Specifically, the 
following parties may be held liable: (1) the owners or 
operators of the foreign facilities, and (2) the holders of a 
right of use and easement granted under applicable foreign law 
for the area in which the facility is located.

Legislative History

    On March 26, 2015, H.R. 1684 was introduced by Congressman 
Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).
    On April 25, 2016, H.R. 1684 was reported with amendments 
by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (H. Rept. 
114-518).
    On April 26, 2016, H.R. 1684 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On April 27, 2016, H.R. 1684 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.

     Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Amendments Act of 2016


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 5978)

Summary

    H.R. 5978, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation 
Amendments Act of 2016, contains provisions that enhance the 
efficiency and reliability of the maritime transportation 
system and amends several requirements related to the Coast 
Guard's authorities.

Legislative History

    On September 9, 2016, H.R. 5978 was introduced by 
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA).
    On September 26, 2016, H.R. 5978 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On September 27, 2016, H.R. 5978 was received in the 
Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation.

              Baudette Coast Guard Housing Conveyance Act


                   REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 3030)

Summary

    This bill directs the Coast Guard to convey specified 
federal land (including buildings, structures, utilities, and 
miscellaneous facilities) in Baudette, Minnesota, to the city 
of Baudette, upon payment to the United States of the 
property's fair market value. The fair market value of the 
covered property must be: (1) Determined by a real estate 
appraiser selected by the city, and licensed to practice in 
Minnesota; and (2) subject to the approval of the Coast Guard, 
considering specified requirements regarding use of the 
property. Any proceeds received by the United States from a 
conveyance under this Act shall be deposited in the Coast Guard 
Housing Fund. As a condition of any conveyance under this Act, 
the Coast Guard shall require that all interest in and to the 
covered property revert to the United States if any part of the 
property ceases being used for: (1) Affordable housing or a 
related purpose, or (2) infrastructure providing a public 
benefit approved by the city. The authority to convey the 
covered property shall expire four years after this Act's 
enactment.

Legislative History

    On July 10, 2015, H.R. 3030 was introduced by Congressman 
Collin C. Peterson (D-MN).
    On March 23, 2016, H.R. 3030 was reported, as amended, by 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (H. Rept. 
114-466) and placed on the Union Calendar.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


    PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET REQUEST FOR COAST GUARD AND 
                    MARITIME TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

    On February 25, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Coast 
Guard, Federal Maritime Commission, and the Maritime 
Administration (MARAD). The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast 
Guard, the Administrator of MARAD, and the Chairman of the 
Federal Maritime Commission.

                       NAVAL COOPERATIVE STRATEGY

    On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee and the Armed Services 
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces held a joint 
hearing to review the latest unified maritime security strategy 
and examine how the Nation's three Sea Services intend to 
implement the updated policy. The Subcommittees heard testimony 
from the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.

             AN OVERVIEW OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD'S MISSIONS

    On April 15, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine how the Coast Guard allocates hours and resources among 
its multiple statutory missions, as well as how the Service 
measures mission performance. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Deputy Commandant for Operations of the Coast Guard.

                     COAST GUARD MAJOR ACQUISITIONS

    On May 14, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing regarding 
the status of the Coast Guard's current acquisition program and 
examined the program's sustainability given the current 
budgetary climate. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard, GAO, and the Navy League of the United States.

              COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS AND APPROPRIATIONS

    On May 26, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to 
Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), 
Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), John R. Carter (R-TX), 
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, as well as 
Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) requesting $70 
million to begin detail design for the Offshore Patrol Cutter 
in the FY2016 Department of Homeland Security appropriations 
bill.

              WESTERN HEMISPHERE DRUG INTERDICTION EFFORTS

    On June 16, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the federal government's efforts to confront 
transnational drug smuggling and stem the flow of illegal drugs 
to the United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard and the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).

 A HEARING ON THE FEDERAL RADIONAVIGATION PLAN; H.R. 1684, THE FOREIGN 
 SPILL PROTECTION ACT OF 2015; AND H.R. 3214, THE NATIONAL ICEBREAKER 
                            FUND ACT OF 2015

    On July 28, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the Federal Radionavigation Plan; H.R. 1684, the 
Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015; and H.R. 3214 the 
National Icebreaker Fund Act of 2015. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the Coast Guard, the Department of 
Transportation, and a private sector witness on the U.S. Global 
Positioning System and backup systems.

  PREVENTION OF AND RESPONSE TO THE ARRIVAL OF A DIRTY BOMB AT A U.S. 
                                  PORT

    On October 27, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
prevention of and response to the arrival of a dirty bomb at a 
U.S. port. The Subcommittee heard from the Coast Guard, the 
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Customs and Border 
Protection, the GAO, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos 
National Laboratory, the American Association of Port 
Authorities, and the George J. Kostas Research Institute for 
Homeland Security.

   U.S. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID PROGRAMS: TRANSPORTATION PERSPECTIVES

    On November 17, 2015, the Subcommittee and the Committee on 
Agriculture's Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture 
held a joint hearing on U.S. international food aid programs: 
transportation perspectives. The Subcommittees heard from the 
Department of Defense, MARAD, American Maritime Congress, 
Liberty Maritime Corporation, Hagpag-Lloyd USA, LLC, and 
Seafarers International Union.

         THE STATUS OF COAST GUARD CUTTER ACQUISITION PROGRAMS

    On February 3, 2016, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation held a hearing on the status of Coast 
Guard cutter acquisition programs. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from the Coast Guard, the Congressional Research 
Service (CRS), and the GAO.

    PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2017 BUDGET REQUEST FOR COAST GUARD AND 
                    MARITIME TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

    On March 15, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the fiscal year 2017 budget requests for the Coast 
Guard, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and Maritime 
Administration (MARAD). The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast 
Guard, the Administrator of MARAD, and the Chairman of the FMC.

        MARITIME TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AND STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS

    On April 14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
maritime transportation safety and stewardship programs. The 
Subcommittee heard from the Coast Guard, the Transportation 
Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, 
Engineering, and Medicine, the American Waterways Operators, 
the International Cruise Victims Association, Inc., the 
Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), and the National 
Association of Waterfront Employers.

           COAST GUARD MISSION NEEDS AND RESOURCES ALLOCATION

    On June 14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Coast 
Guard mission needs and resources allocation. The Subcommittee 
heard testimony from the Coast Guard and the GAO.

AN EXAMINATION OF THE MARITIME NUCLEAR SMUGGLING THREAT AND OTHER PORT 
           SECURITY AND SMUGGLING RISKS IN THE UNITED STATES

    On July 7, 2016, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing with 
the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and 
Maritime Security to examine the efforts of the Department of 
Homeland Security to prevent nuclear smuggling in U.S. ports. 
The Subcommittees heard testimony from the Coast Guard, the 
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Customs and Border 
Protection, National Nuclear Security Administration, the GAO, 
Los Alamos National Laboratories, the Maryland Port 
Administration, and the Lake Carriers' Association.

             COAST GUARD ARCTIC IMPLEMENTATION CAPABILITIES

    On July 12, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Coast 
Guard Arctic implementation capabilities. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from the Coast Guard, GAO, the Navy, CRS, 
the Shipbuilders Council of America, and the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies.

   FEDERAL MARITIME NAVIGATION PROGRAMS: INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND 
                          TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

    On September 7, 2016, the Subcommittees on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation and Water Resources and Environment 
held a joint hearing to examine federal maritime navigation 
programs. The Subcommittees heard from the Coast Guard, the 
Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration.

                           Oversight Letters


           ROTATIONAL CREWING ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER

    On June 26, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) sent a letter to the GAO requesting a study concerning 
rotational crewing on the National Security Cutter. On April 6, 
2015, GAO released report GAO-15-195 titled ``Coast Guard: 
Timely Actions Needed to Address Risks in Using Rotational 
Crews.''

             COAST GUARD RESOURCES AND MISSION REQUIREMENTS

    On March 17, 2014, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO review the 
Coast Guard's efforts to align its resources and mission 
requirements. On June 14, 2016, GAO released report GAO-16-379 
titled ``Coast Guard: Actions Needed to Improve Strategic 
Allocation of Assets and Determine Workforce Requirements.''

        REVIEW OF COAST GUARD'S PLANS TO EXECUTE ARCTIC MISSIONS

    On April 9, 2014, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO assist the 
Committee by reviewing the Coast Guard's plans to execute its 
missions in the Arctic. On July 12, 2016, GAO released report 
GAO-16-453 titled ``Coast Guard: Arctic Strategy Is Underway, 
but Agency Could Better Assess How Its Actions Mitigate Known 
Arctic Capability Gaps.''

                    COAST GUARD FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT

    On May 23, 2014, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO review the 
transfer of C-27Js from the Air Force and determine how they 
assist the Coast Guard's recapitalization effort. On April 27, 
2015, GAO released report GAO-15-325 titled ``Coast Guard 
Aircraft: Transfer of Fixed-Wing C-27J Aircraft Is Complex and 
Further Fleet Purchases Should Coincide with Study Results.''

                  MERCHANT MARINER TRAINING STANDARDS

    On January 26, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and 
Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA) sent a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting that the GAO review the Coast 
Guard's administrative process in evaluating new Merchant 
Mariner license, certification, and document evaluation 
requirements, as well as evaluate redundancies in the process. 
The letter also requested that the GAO look at how the State 
Maritime Academies and the Coast Guard can better work together 
to address issues in implementing new International Maritime 
Organization Standards. The GAO report is expected during the 
115th Congress.

                        COAST GUARD RULE MAKING

    On February 4, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and 
Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA) sent a letter to the 
Commandant of the Coast Guard urging consideration of comments 
made by Maritime Security Program participants in drafting the 
Coast Guard's Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the 
MSP (NVIC-01-13), and addressing concerns over unreasonable 
burdens of the U.S. Flag international fleet.

               PROTECTING THE DOMESTIC MARITIME INDUSTRY

    On March 4, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) sent a letter to the Commander for the Military Sealift 
Command of the NAVY, regarding its recent Request for 
Information regarding the availability of towing vessels to 
move the USCGC ENTERPRISE. The Chairmen urged Military Sealift 
Command to use U.S. flagged, coastwise endorsed tug boats to 
move ENTERPRISE.

                       COAST GUARD APPROPRIATIONS

    On April 2, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to 
Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), 
Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), John R. Carter (R-TX), 
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, as well as 
Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), in support of 
maintaining current Coast Guard funding levels as authorized in 
the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 
2014 (P.L. 113-281). This letter also addressed concerns over 
the President's fiscal year 2016 budget request, which requests 
a funding level that is almost three percent below the fiscal 
year 2015 appropriated level. The most harmful cut contained in 
the President's request is contained in the Coast Guard's 
capital acquisitions budget which is a 17 percent reduction 
from fiscal year 2015 levels.

                      REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS

    On April 14, 2015, Committee on Transportation Committee 
Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) sent a letter to the Federal 
Maritime Commission Chairman, as well as the other four 
Commissioners, regarding a review of its service contract 
filing regulations as a way to implement the President's 
Executive Order 13563 to improve regulatory review. 
Specifically, the letter requests an expeditious review by the 
FMC due to the Commission's vote to do the review more than two 
years ago.

             IMPLICATIONS OF DISRUPTION AT WEST COAST PORTS

    On April 30, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) sent a letter to the Comptroller General asking to 
become co-requesters on an ongoing study that the GAO was 
completing on service disruptions at West Coast Ports. The 
original request was completed by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), 
Chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation 
and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. On 
October 31, 2016, GAO released GAO report GAO-17-23 titled 
``West Coast Ports: Better Supply Chain Information Could 
Improve DOT's Freight Efforts.''

                    COAST GUARD MISSION PERFORMANCE

    On May 21, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA) sent a letter to the Comptroller General 
requesting that the GAO review the Coast Guard's mission 
performance requirements. Specifically, the letter asks the GAO 
to review how the Coast Guard sets its annual performance goals 
and the extent to which the service is meetings its goals 
across its missions. The GAO report is expected during the 
115th Congress.

                        COAST GUARD RULE MAKING

    On May 21, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a letter to 
the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security urging an 
expeditious review of a rule that the Coast Guard submitted for 
review in April of 2015. The rule submitted deals with the 
inspection of towing vessels. The rule is the result of 
statutory deadline set forth in the Coast Guard Authorization 
Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) and the Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-293), which required the 
inspection of towing vessels.

                    MARITIME SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS

    On May 26, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote letters to 
Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), 
Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Subcommittee on 
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related 
Agencies Chairman, Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ranking Member 
David Price (D-NC) urging appropriations for the MSP program 
consistent with levels authorized in the National Defense 
Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1735).

              COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS AND APPROPRIATIONS

    On May 26, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to 
Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), 
Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), John R. Carter (R-TX), 
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, as well as 
Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) requesting $70 
million to begin detail design for the Offshore Patrol Cutter 
in the FY2016 Department of Homeland Security appropriations 
bill.

                        VESSEL INSPECTION PT. I

    On May 26, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a letter to 
the Commandant of the Coast Guard regarding section 3316(f) of 
title 46, United States Code, directing the Secretary to 
delegate vessel inspection authorities related to offshore 
supply vessels to a classification society upon the request of 
the vessel owner or operator. This letter was an inquiry to the 
Coast Guard on current talks with the American Bureau of 
Shipping on how best to set about delegating powers to the 
classification societies.

                        VESSEL INSPECTION PT. II

    On June 25, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a reply 
letter following up on the response received from the 
Commandant of the Coast Guard regarding section 3316(f) of 
title 46, United States Code, relating to Certificate of 
Inspections by an outside organization on behalf of the Coast 
Guard. This letter addressed the manning requirements and a 
potential Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 
establishing protocols under 3316(f).

                          CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN

    On July 21, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) wrote a letter to Committee on Energy and Commerce 
Chairman, Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, 
Jr. (D-NJ) urging the protection of domestic cabotage laws in 
upcoming energy legislation (H.R. 702).

                           ARCTIC PRIORITIES

    On August 19, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA), and Congressman Don Young (R-AL), sent a letter to 
President Barrack Obama addressing top congressional priorities 
in advance of the President's trip to Alaska and the Arctic. 
These priorities include further exploration of natural 
resources and the need to have an adequate number of Heavy 
Icebreakers in the region.

          DOCUMENTATION OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL VESSELS

    On October 28, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) and Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter 
to the Comptroller General of the GAO requesting a study on 
improving the performance and functions carried out by the 
Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Center and how to 
best reduce backlogs and balance the workload in issuing 
commercial and recreational certificates of documentation. The 
GAO report is expected during the 115th Congress.

                             APPROPRIATIONS

    On November 5, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a 
letter to Committee on Appropriations Chairman, Harold Rogers 
(R-KY), expressing support for fiscal year 2016 Department of 
Homeland Security Appropriations that would support items 
included in H.R. 3128, the Department of Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act of 2016 as passed by the Subcommittee. 
Specifically, H.R. 3128 provides adequate funding for the 
Detail Design of the Offshore Patrol Cutter, six Fast Response 
Cutters, investment in Shore Infrastructure, and Coast Guard 
depot maintenance.

                      CUTTER MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS

    On January 22, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO 
review the Coast Guard's maintenance plans for both the 
National Security (NSC) Cutter and Fast Response Cutter (FRC). 
Specifically, the Committee asked that GAO look at the Coast 
Guard's plans for acquire spare parts for the cutters, if 
planned maintenance is on schedule, and if all maintenance 
plans will reflect adequate funding. The GAO report is expected 
during the 115th Congress.

                SHIP BUILDING WARRANTIES AND GUARANTEES

    On February 3, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller General requesting to be added as a 
co-requester of a GAO report on shipbuilding warranties and 
guarantees for American shipbuilding programs. This request is 
a follow up on an earlier GAO report that reported that the 
Navy continues to accept delivery of ships with large numbers 
of deficiencies. This report is being prepared pursuant to 
House Report 113-446 in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense 
Authorization Act and will have a specific focus on how 
warranties, guarantees, and other such mechanisms are currently 
being used, how the government assigns responsibilities for a 
defect and such problems are corrected, and if any of the 
mechanisms reduce the government's exposure to additional costs 
resulting from defective workmanship or equipment. On March 3, 
2016, GAO released report GAO-16-71 titled ``Navy and Coast 
Guard Shipbuilding: Navy Should Reconsider Approach to 
Warranties for Correcting Construction Defects.''

                 NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER RETROFITTING

    On February 17, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan GAO report that 
highlighted deficiencies and mechanical problems with the 
National Security Cutter that will require retrofitting across 
the entire fleet. The Committee has requested that the Coast 
Guard respond with what steps are currently being taken to 
mitigate the identified problems as well as a cost estimate and 
timeline for such fixes.

                        BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT

    On April 29, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) sent a letter to the Commandant of the Coast Guard 
regarding the decision to reject the most probable number (MPN) 
as an equivalent method for testing the efficacy of ballast 
water management systems (BWMS) that use ultraviolet light to 
render organisms unable to reproduce. The Committee is 
concerned the decision will place constraints on both vessel 
operators and BWMS manufacturers alike. The letter also 
requests more information from the Coast Guard regarding 
actions being taken to issue an equivalency determination for 
the MPN method and clarifications on how the Coast Guard 
interprets relevant statutes and regulations regarding ballast 
water discharge standards.

      COAST GUARD'S FAILED IMPLEMENTATION OF HEALTH RECORDS SYSTEM

    On May 19, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA) along with Ranking Members Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) and 
John Garamendi (D-CA) wrote a letter to the GAO asking for a 
review the Coast Guard's failed implementation of an electronic 
health records system.

                     PUERTO RICO AND THE JONES ACT

    On August 15, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and 
Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA), along with the Committee 
on Armed Service's Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee 
Chairman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Ranking Member Joe Courtney 
(D-CT), sent a letter to members of the Congressional Task 
Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico advocating against any 
study of the Jones Act as it relates to Puerto Rico. This 
argument was based off of a lack of jurisdictional expertise of 
the members of the taskforce, prior Governmental Accountability 
Office studies, as well as national security and homeland 
security interests that are strengthened by the Jones Act.

                         BLOCK BUY CONTRACTING

    On August 17, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and 
Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA), sent a letter to House 
Committee on Armed Services Chairman, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), 
requesting that Block Buy Contracting Authority for new Polar 
Icebreakers be included in the fiscal year 2017 National 
Defense Authorization Act.

                       ICEBREAKER APPROPRIATIONS

    On August 17, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and 
Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA), wrote a letter to 
Committee on Appropriations Chairman, Harold Rogers (R-KY), 
Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Congressman Rodney P. 
Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense, 
as well as Ranking Member Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN), in support 
of the $1 billion for the Polar Icebreaker Recapitalization 
Project included in S.3000, making appropriations for the 
Department of Defense for fiscal year 2017.

              OFFSHORE PATROL CUTTER AFFORDABILITY IMPACTS

    On October 28, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO take 
a comprehensive look at how the Coast Guard plans to manage its 
acquisitions portfolio to avoid unplanned expenses and 
unintended consequences that may arise. The Subcommittee is 
concerned by findings of previous work done by the GAO showing 
that the Coast Guard has received funding at levels well below 
the scheduled cost estimates and delivery schedules done by the 
Service.

                       Minority Oversight Letters


              COAST GUARD SENTINEL CLASS CUTTER HOMEPORTS

    On May 12, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a 
letter to Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant, United States Coast 
Guard, to request information on the status of internal Coast 
Guard deliberations to select homeports for Sentinel Class Fast 
Response Cutters (FRC) assigned to District 13 (States of 
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana); and to advocate for the 
selection of the Port of Coos Bay, Oregon as an FRC homeport.

             SMALL SHIPYARD GRANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    On May 19, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a 
letter to the Honorable Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr., Maritime 
Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), requesting 
clarification regarding eligibility requirements for grant 
applications submitted for financial assistance through the 
Small Shipyard Grant Program, and specifically, to confirm that 
MARAD has not instituted a minimum grant amount threshold as an 
eligibility requirement.

                      Oversight Within Legislation


               LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS EXPORT JOB CREATION

    Section 308 of the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-281) instructed the GAO to 
complete a study on the number of jobs that would be created in 
the United States maritime industry each year from 2015 through 
2025, if liquefied natural gas exported from the United States 
were required to be carried on American built and flagged 
vessels. On December 3, 2015, the GAO released GAO report GAO-
16-104 titled ``Maritime Transportation: Implications of Using 
U.S. Liquefied Natural-Gas Carriers for Exports''.

                      MISSION PERFORMANCE MEASURES

    Section 211 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 
(P.L. 114-120) requested the GAO to report to Congress on an 
assessment of the efficacy of the Coast Guard's Standard 
Operational Planning Process with respect to annual mission 
performance measures. The GAO report is expected during the 
115th Congress.

                             SURVIVAL CRAFT

    Section 301 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 
(P.L. 114-120) instructed the GAO to report to Congress on the 
number of casualties, by vessel type and area of operation, as 
the result of immersion in water reported to the Coast Guard 
for the past ten fiscal years, as well as vessel safety data 
for that time frame. The report will also look at the efficacy 
of alternative safety systems, devices, or measures as well as 
the costs associated with compliance of section 3104 of title 
46, United States Code requiring all new vessels to be equipped 
with out of water survival crafts. The GAO report is expected 
in 2021.

              FISHING VESSEL AND FISH TENDER CERTIFICATION

    Section 318 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 
(P.L. 114-120) instructed the GAO to report to Congress on 
commercial fishing vessel safety. The GAO report is expected 
during the 115th Congress.

                      USE OF VESSEL SALE PROCEEDS

    Section 603 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 
(P.L. 114-120) instructed the GAO to complete an audit and 
report to Congress on funds credited in each fiscal year after 
fiscal year 2004 to the Vessel Operations Revolving Fund that 
are attributable to the sale of obsolete vessels in the 
National Defense Reserve Fleet that were scrapped or sold under 
sections 57102, 57103, and 57104 of title 46, United States 
Code. The GAO report is expected in 2017.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget 
Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs'' 
(February 25, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-6.
    Joint hearing entitled ``Naval Cooperative Strategy'' 
(March 18, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-10.
    Hearing entitled ``An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard's 
Missions'' (April 15, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-13.
    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard Major Acquisitions'' (May 
14, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-17.
    Hearing entitled ``Western Hemisphere Drug Interdiction 
Efforts'' (June 16, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-21.
    Hearing entitled ``The Federal Radionavigation Plan; H.R. 
1684, the Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015; and H.R. 3214, 
the National Icebreaker Fund Act of 2015'' (July 28, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-26.
    Hearing entitled ``Prevention of and Response to the 
Arrival of a Dirty Bomb at a U.S. Port'' (October 27, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-30.
    Joint hearing entitled ``U.S. International Food Aid 
Programs: Transportation Perspectives'' (November 17, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-31.
    Hearing entitled ``The Status of Coast Guard Cutter 
Acquisition Programs'' (February 3, 2016) Committee Serial 
Number 114-32.
    Hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget 
Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs'' 
(March 15, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-37.
    Hearing entitled ``Maritime Transportation Safety and 
Stewardship Programs'' (April 14, 2016) Committee Serial Number 
114-38.
    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard Mission Needs and Resources 
Allocation'' (June 14, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-44.
    Joint hearing entitled ``An Examination of the Maritime 
Nuclear Smuggling Threat and Other Port Security and Smuggling 
Risks in the United States'' (July 7, 2016) Committee Serial 
Number 114-48.
    Hearing entitled ``Coast Guard Arctic Implementation 
Capabilities'' (July 12, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-49.
    Joint hearing entitled ``Federal Maritime Navigation 
Programs: Interagency Cooperation and Technological Change'' 
(September 7, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-51.
 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY 
                               MANAGEMENT


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


   LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman
  ANDRE CARSON, Indiana, Ranking 
              Member

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
  District of Columbia               Arkansas
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon (ex officio)RYAN A. COSTELLO, Pennsylvania
VACANCY                              BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


   To Designate the Federal Building Located at 2030 Southwest 145th 
 Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the ``Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. 
                        Dove Federal Building''


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-8 (H.R. 1092)

Summary

    H.R. 1092 designates the federal building located at 2030 
Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the ``Benjamin 
P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building''.

Legislative History

    On February 25, 2015, H.R. 1092 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL).
    On March 24, 2015, H.R. 1092 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On March 25, 2015, H.R. 1092 was received in the Senate and 
read twice.
    On March 27, 2015, H.R. 1092 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On April 1, 2015, H.R. 1092 was presented to the President.
    On April 7, 2015, H.R. 1092 was signed, becoming Public Law 
114-8.

 To Designate the United States Courthouse Located at 700 Grant Street 
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the ``Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States 
                              Courthouse''


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-20 (H.R. 1690)

Summary

    H.R. 1690 designates the United States Courthouse Located 
at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the 
``Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse''.

Legislative History

    On March 26, 2015, H.R. 1690 was introduced by Congressman 
Michael F. Doyle (D-PA).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1690 reported to the House by a voice vote.
    On April 23, 2015, H.R. 1690 was reported to the House (H. 
Rept. 114-90), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 
26).
    On April 28, 2015, H.R. 1690 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On April 29, 2015, H.R. 1690 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.
    On May 21, 2015, H.R. 1690 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On May 26, 2015, H.R. 1690 was presented to the President.
    On May 29, 2015, H.R. 1690 was signed, becoming Public Law 
114-20.

To Designate the Federal Building and United States Courthouse Located 
at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the ``J. Waties 
                        Waring Judicial Center''


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-48 (H.R. 2131)

Summary

    H.R. 2131 designates the federal building and United States 
courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South 
Carolina, as the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial Center''.

Legislative History

    April 30, 2015, H.R. 2131 was introduced by Congressman 
James E. Clyburn (D-SC).
    On May 20, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 2131 favorably reported to the House by a 
voice vote.
    On June 4, 2015, H.R. 2131 was reported (H. Rept. 114-137) 
and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 38).
    On June 15, 2015, H.R. 2131 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On June 16, 2015, H.R. 2131 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.
    On August 5, 2015, H.R. 2131 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On August 6, 2015, H.R. 2131 was presented to the 
President.
    On August 7, 2015, H.R. 2131 was signed, becoming Public 
Law 114-48.

    National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-52 (H.R. 23)

Summary

    H.R. 23 amends the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act 
of 2004 to revise provisions governing the National Windstorm 
Impact Reduction Program and to reauthorize the Program through 
fiscal year 2017. H.R. 23 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

Legislative History

    January 6, 2015, H.R. 23 was introduced by Congressman 
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX).
    On January 7, 2015, H.R. 23 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to 381-39 (Roll No. 10).
    On January 8, 2015, H.R. 23 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Transportation.
    On July 23, 2015, H.R. 23 passed the Senate, with an 
amendment, by unanimous consent.
    On September 16, 2015, the Senate amendment to H.R. 23 was 
considered under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice 
vote.
    On September 21, 2015, H.R. 23 was presented to the 
President.
    On September 30, 2015, H.R. 23 was signed, becoming Public 
Law 114-52.

A Bill To Designate the United States Courthouse Located at 200 NW 4th 
  Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the William J. Holloway, Jr. 
                        United States Courthouse


                       PUBLIC LAW 114-64 (S. 261)

Summary

    S. 261 designates the United States courthouse located at 
200 NW 4th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the William J. 
Holloway, Jr. United States Courthouse.

Legislative History

    On January 27, 2015, S. 261 was introduced by Senator James 
M. Inhofe (R-OK), was read twice and referred to the Committee 
on Environment and Public Works.
    On May 21, 2015, S. 261 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent and was received in the House.
    On July 23, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered S. 261 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On September 8, 2015, S. 261 was reported (H. Rept. 114-
248), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 55).
    On September 24, 2015, S. 261 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On September 29, 2015, S. 261 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 7, 2015, S. 261 was signed, becoming Public Law 
114-64.

   To Designate the Federal Building Located at 617 Walnut Street in 
   Helena, Arkansas, as the ``Jacob Trieber Federal Building, United 
          States Post Office, and United States Court House''


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-67 (H.R. 2954/S. 1707)

Summary

    H.R. 2954 designates the federal building located at 617 
Walnut Street in Helena, Arkansas, as the ``Jacob Trieber 
Federal Building, United States Post Office, and United States 
Court House''.

Legislative History

    On July 7, 2015, H.R. 2954 was introduced by Congressman 
Eric A. ``Rick'' Crawford (R-AR).
    On July 23, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 2954 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On September 9, 2015, H.R. 2954 was reported to the House 
(H. Rept. 114-247) and was placed on the House Calendar 
(Calendar No. 54).
    On July 7, 2015, S. 1707 was introduced by Senator John 
Boozman (R-AR), was read twice, and referred to the Committee 
on Environment and Public Works.
    On August 5, 2015, S. 1707 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent and was received in the House.
    On September 8, 2015, S. 1707 was received in the House.
    On September 24, 2015, S. 1707 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On September 29, 2015, S. 1707 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 7, 2015, S. 1707 was signed, becoming Public Law 
114-67.

                DHS Social Media Improvement Act of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-80 (H.R. 623)

Summary

    H.R. 623 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to 
establish a social media working group to identify, and provide 
guidance and best practices to the emergency preparedness and 
response community on the use of social media technologies 
before, during, and after a natural disaster or an act of 
terrorism or other man-made disaster. The bill terminates the 
group five years after the enactment of this Act, but provides 
for successive five-year renewal periods if the Chair of the 
group deems it necessary. H.R. 623 contains provisions within 
the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

Legislative History

    January 30, 2015, H.R. 623 was introduced by Congresswoman 
Susan W. Brooks (R-IN).
    On February 2, 2015, H.R. 623 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to 328-51 (Roll No. 53).
    On February 3, 2015, H.R. 623 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.
    On October 7, 2015, H.R. 623 passed the Senate, with an 
amendment, by unanimous consent.
    On October 28, 2015, H.R. 623 as amended was considered 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On November 2, 2015, H.R. 623 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 5, 2015, H.R. 623 was signed, becoming Public 
Law 114-80.

             Emergency Information Improvement Act of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-111 (S. 1090)

Summary

    This bill amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to include broadcasting facilities 
within the definition of a ``private nonprofit facility'' that 
provides essential services of a governmental nature to the 
general public, and to include broadcast and telecommunications 
within the definition of ``critical services'' provided by such 
a facility, for purposes of eligibility for certain disaster 
assistance.

Legislative History

    On April 27, 2015, S. 1090 was introduced by Senator Cory 
A. Booker (D-NJ).
    On September 17, 2015, S. 1090 passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On December 16, 2015, S. 1090 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to 420-1 (Roll No. 697).
    On December 17, 2015, S. 1090 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 18, 2015, S. 1090 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-111.

            Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief Act of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-132 (S. 2109)

Summary

    This bill directs FEMA to develop and implement an 
integrated plan to control and reduce administrative costs 
incurred by FEMA in support of the delivery of assistance for 
major disasters; to compare the costs and benefits of tracking 
the administrative cost data for major disasters by the public 
assistance, individual assistance, hazard mitigation, and 
mission assignment programs; to track such information; and to 
clarify FEMA guidance and minimum documentation requirements 
for a direct administrative cost claimed by a grantee or 
subgrantee of a public assistance grant program authorized by 
the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance 
Act. In addition, FEMA must submit to Congress, by November 30 
of each year for seven years beginning on the date of 
enactment, and make publicly available on its website, a report 
on the development and implementation of the plan for the 
previous fiscal year, with three-year and five-year updates. 
Each report shall contain the total amount spent on 
administrative costs and the average annual percentage of 
administrative costs for the fiscal year period for which the 
report is being submitted; an assessment of the effectiveness 
of the plan; an analysis of whether FEMA is achieving its 
strategic goals for the average annual percentage of 
administrative costs of major disasters for each fiscal year 
and, in the case of it not achieving such goals, what is 
preventing it from doing so; any actions FEMA has identified as 
useful in improving upon and reaching those goals; and any 
administrative cost data for major disasters, if FEMA 
determines it is feasible to track such data.

Legislative History

    On September 30, 2015, S. 2109 was introduced by Senator 
Ron Johnson (R-WI).
    On February 9, 2016, S. 2109 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    On February 23, 2016, S. 2109 was considered in the House 
on suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On February 25, 2016, S. 2109 was presented to the 
President.
    On February 29, 2016, S. 2109 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-132.

  Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-143 (H.R. 1472/S. 1180)

Summary

    This bill authorizes activities to operate and modernize 
the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) over the 
2016-2018 period. It directs the Administrator of FEMA to 
modernize and implement IPAWS to ensure the President and 
federal and state local governments can disseminate timely and 
effective warnings across multiple communications technologies 
regarding natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-
made disasters or threats to public safety. The bill also 
requires the Administrator to conduct training, tests, and 
exercises for the public alert and warning system, including 
raising awareness and education among state and local partners. 
The system is required to be resilient and secure, to withstand 
acts of terrorism and other external attacks. Finally, the 
Administrator is directed to establish a subcommittee to the 
National Advisory Council to develop recommendations for an 
integrated public alert and warning system for protocols, 
standards, operating procedures, capabilities, and any 
additional modernization efforts that are necessary.

Legislative History

    March 19, 2015, H.R. 1472 was introduced by Congressman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1472 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On May 4, 2015, S. 1180 was introduced by Senator Ron 
Johnson (R-WI), was read twice and referred to the Committee on 
Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
    On July 9, 2015, S. 1180 passed the Senate, with 
amendments, by unanimous consent.
    On July 13, 2015, S. 1180 was received in the House.
    On March 21, 2016, S. 1180 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On March 31, 2016, S. 1180 was presented to the President.
    On April 11, 2016, S. 1180 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-143.

       DHS Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-150 (S. 1638)

Summary

    This bill directs DHS, in coordination with the General 
Services Administration (GSA), to submit information on the 
implementation of the enhanced plan for the DHS headquarters 
consolidation project within the National Capital Region, 
approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 
included in the budget of the President for fiscal year 2016.

Legislative History

    On June 18, 2015, S. 1638 was introduced by Senator Ron 
Johnson (R-WI).
    On April 6, 2016, S. 1638 passed the Senate with amendments 
by unanimous consent.
    On April 18, 2016, S. 1638 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On April 20, 2016, S. 1638 was presented to the President.
    On April 29, 2016, S. 1638 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-150.

To Amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public 
Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 To Modernize Terms 
                         Relating to Minorities


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-157 (H.R. 4238)

Summary

    This bill amends the Department of Energy Organization Act 
and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment 
Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities.

Legislative History

    December 11, 2015, H.R. 4238 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY).
    On February 29, 2016, H.R. 4238 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and was agreed to 376-0 (Roll No. 102).
    On May 9, 2016, H.R. 4238 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On May 13, 2016, H.R. 4238 was presented to the President.
    On May 20, 2016, H.R. 4238 was signed, becoming Public Law 
114-157.

To Designate the Federal Building Located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., 
   in the District of Columbia as the ``Ariel Rios Federal Building''


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-160 (H.R. 4957)

Summary

    H.R. 4957 designates the federal building located at 99 New 
York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the ``Ariel 
Rios Federal Building''.

Legislative History

    On April 5, 2016, H.R. 4957 was introduced by Congressman 
Andre Carson (D-IN).
    On April 20, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 4957 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On May 5, 2016, H.R. 4957 was reported (House Report 114-
534), and was placed on the House Calendar (Calendar No. 111).
    On May 10, 2016, H.R. 4957 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by 401-0 (Roll No. 180).
    On May 11, 2016, H.R. 4957 was received in the Senate and 
read twice.
    On May 16, 2016, H.R. 4957 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On May 20, 2016, H.R. 4957 was presented to the President 
and signed, becoming Public Law 114-160.

   To Direct the Administrator of General Services, on Behalf of the 
  Archivist of the United States, To Convey Certain Federal Property 
Located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-161 (S. 1492/H.R. 336)

Summary

    H.R. 336 directs the Administrator of the GSA, on behalf of 
the Archivist of the United States, to convey to the city of 
Anchorage, Alaska, property in such city consisting of 
approximately nine acres and improvements located at 400 East 
Fortieth Avenue for not less than fair market value.

Legislative History

    January 13, 2015, H.R. 336 was introduced by Congressman 
Don Young (R-AK).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 336 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On May 8, 2015, H.R. 336 was reported (H. Rept. 114-103), 
and was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 72).
    On June 1, 2015, H.R. 336 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On June 2, 2015, H.R. 336 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs.
    On June 3, 2015, S. 1492 was introduced by Senator Dan 
Sullivan (R-AK).
    On April 4, 2016, S. 1492 passed the Senate, as amended, by 
unanimous consent.
    On April 11, 2016, S. 1492 was received in the House and 
held at the desk.
    On May 16, 2016, S. 1492 was considered under suspension of 
the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On May 18, 2016, S. 1492 was presented to the President.
    On May 20, 2016, the bill was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-161.

   To Designate the Building Utilized as a United States Courthouse 
   Located at 150 Reade Circle in Greenville, North Carolina, as the 
               ``Randy D. Doub United States Courthouse''


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-234 (H.R. 3937)

Summary

    This bill designates the building utilized as a United 
States courthouse located at 150 Reade Circle in Greenville, 
North Carolina, as the ``Randy D. Doub United States 
Courthouse''.

Legislative History

    On November 11, 2015, H.R. 3937 was introduced by 
Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 3937 favorably reported, as amended, by a 
voice vote.
    On March 23, 2016, H.R. 3937 was reported, as amended 
(House Report 114-464), and placed on the House Calendar 
(Calendar No. 100).
    On September 20, 2016, H.R. 3937 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to voice vote.
    On September 29, 2016, H.R. 3937 was received in the 
Senate, read twice, and passed by unanimous consent.
    On October 3, 2016, H.R. 3937 was presented to the 
President.
    On October 7, 2016, H.R. 3937 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-234.

          Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-235 (H.R. 5147)

Summary

    This bill requires restrooms in certain public buildings be 
equipped with baby changing facilities that the GSA determines 
are physically safe, sanitary, and appropriate.

Legislative History

    On April 29, 2016, H.R. 5147 was introduced by Congressman 
David Cicilline (D-RI).
    On September 14, 2016, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 5147 favorably reported by a voice 
vote.
    On September 20, 2016, H.R. 5147 was reported (H. Rept 114-
774), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 605).
    On September 21, 2016, H.R. 5147 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by 389-34 (Roll No. 541).
    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 5147 was received in the Senate 
and read twice.
    On September 29, 2016, H.R. 5147 passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On October 7, 2016, H.R. 5147 was presented to the 
President and signed, becoming Public Law 114-235.

To Designate the Federal Building and United States Courthouse Located 
    at 511 East San Antonio Avenue in El Paso, Texas, as the ``R.E. 
        Thomason Federal Building and United States Courthouse''


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-252 (H.R. 5873)

Summary

    This bill designates the federal building and United States 
courthouse located at 511 East San Antonio Avenue in El Paso, 
Texas, as the ``R. E. Thomason Federal Building and United 
States Courthouse''.

Legislative History

    On July 14, 2016, H.R. 5873 was introduced by Congressman 
Beto O'Rourke (D-TX).
    On September 14, 2016, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 5873 favorably reported by voice vote.
    On September 20, 2016, H.R. 5873 was reported (H. Rept. 
114-772) and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 145).
    On September 26, 2016, H.R. 5873 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On September 27, 2016, H.R. 5873 was received in the 
Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on 
Environment and Public Works.
    On November 17, 2016, H.R. 5873 was passed by the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On November 28, 2016, H.R. 5873 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 8, 2016, H.R. 5873 was signed by the President, 
becoming Pubic Law 114-253.

To Designate the Federal Building and United States Courthouse Located 
   at 300 Fannin Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the ``Tom Stagg 
                      United States Court House''


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-253 (S. 2754/H.R. 5011)

Summary

    This bill designates the federal building and United States 
courthouse located at 300 Fannin Street in Shreveport, 
Louisiana, as the ``Tom Stagg United States Court House''.

Legislative History

    On April 6, 2016, S. 2754 was introduced by Senator Bill 
Cassidy (R-LA).
    On September 15, 2016, S. 2754 passed the Senate with 
amendments by unanimous consent.
    On September 26, 2016, S. 2754 was considered in the House 
under suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote. The 
title of the measure was amended without objection.
    On November 17, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House 
amendments to the Senate bill by unanimous consent.
    On November 28, 2016, S. 2754 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 8, 2016, S. 2754 was signed by the President, 
becoming Pubic Law 114-253.

               Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-279 (H.R. 875)

Summary

    This legislation provides for alternative financing 
arrangements for the provision of certain services and the 
construction and maintenance of infrastructure at land border 
ports of entry. Specifically, the legislation authorizes the 
General Services Administration enter into cost-sharing or 
reimbursement agreements or accept private donations for the 
construction or maintenance of land ports of entry.

Legislative History

    On February 11, 2015, H.R. 875 was introduced by 
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
    On December 6, 2016, H.R. 875 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On December 7, 2016, H.R. 875 was received by the Senate 
and read twice.
    On December 10, 2016, H.R 875 passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On December 14, 2016, H.R. 875 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 875 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-279.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and Improvement Act of 
                                  2015


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-285 (H.R. 3842)

Summary

    This legislation improves homeland security, including 
domestic preparedness and response to terrorism, by reforming 
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers to provide training to 
first responders, and for other purposes. H.R. 3842 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On October 28, 2015, H.R. 3842 was introduced by 
Congressman Earl ``Buddy'' Carter (R-GA).
    On December 8, 2015, H.R. 3842 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to 420-2 (Roll No. 680).
    On December 9, 2015, H.R. 3842 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
    On December 10, 2016, H.R. 3842 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by voice vote.
    On December 13, 2016, H.R. 3842 the House agreed to the 
Senate amendment and the bill was agreed to without objection.
    On December 15, 2016, H.R. 3842 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 3842 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-285.

              Federal Asset Sale and Transfer Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-287 (H.R. 4465)

Summary

    H.R. 4465 implements policies to shrink the size of 
government and provide billions of dollars in taxpayer savings 
by selling or redeveloping high value federal properties, 
consolidating federal space, maximizing the utilization rates 
of space, and streamlining the disposal of unneeded assets. The 
bill establishes an independent board to identify opportunities 
to reduce the government's real property inventory and make 
recommendations for the sale of up to $8 billion worth of 
underutilized and vacant federal properties. The bill 
simplifies and streamlines the sale of underutilized and vacant 
properties, and requires the creation of a single, 
comprehensive database of all federal real properties.

Legislative History

    On February 4, 2016, H.R. 4465 was introduced by 
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 4465 favorably reported, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On May 23, 2016, H.R. 4465 was reported (H. Rept. 114-578), 
was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 448), was 
considered in the House under suspension of the Rules and 
agreed to by the voice vote.
    On May 24, 2016, H.R. 4465 was received in the Senate.
    On July 14, 2016, H.R. 4465 was read twice and placed on 
the Legislative Calendar under General Orders (Calendar No. 
562).
    On December 10 2016, H.R. 4465 passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On December 14, 2016, H.R. 4465 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 4465 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-287.

To Designate the Federal Building and United States Courthouse Located 
at 121 Spring Street SE in Gainesville, Georgia, as the ``Sidney Oslin 
       Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse''


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-288 (H.R. 4618)

Summary

    This bill designates the federal building and U.S. 
courthouse located at 121 Spring Street S.E. in Gainesville, 
Georgia, as the ``Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and 
United States Courthouse''.

Legislative History

    On February 25, 2016, H.R. 4618 was introduced by 
Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 4618 favorably reported by voice vote.
    On March 23, 2016, H.R. 4618 was reported (H. Rept. 114-
463) and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 99).
    On April 18, 2016, H.R. 4618 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On April 19, 2016, H.R. 4618 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.
    On December 10, 2016, H.R. 4618 passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On December 14, 2016, H.R. 4618 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 4618 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-288.

             Federal Property Management Reform Act of 2016


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-318 (H.R. 6451)

Summary

    This legislation seeks to improve the government-side 
management of Federal property by requiring the United States 
Postal Service to take appropriate measures to better manage 
and account for property, providing for increased collocation 
with Postal Service facilities and guidance on Postal Service 
leasing practices, and establishing a Federal Real Property 
Council to develop guidance on and ensure the implementation of 
strategies for better managing Federal property.

Legislative History

    On December 7. 2016, H.R. 6451 was introduced by 
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA).
    On December 8, 2016, the Committees on Oversight and 
Government Reform and Transportation and Infrastructure were 
discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6451.
    On December 8, 2016, H.R 6451 passed the House by unanimous 
consent.
    On December 8, 2016, H.R. 6451 was received by the Senate.
    On December 10, 2016, H.R. 6451 passed the Senate by voice 
vote.
    On December 14, 2016, H.R. 6451 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, H.R. 6451 was signed by the President 
becoming Public Law 114-318.

                          Response Act of 2016


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-321 (S. 546)

Summary

    The RESPONSE Act establishes a temporary subcommittee under 
the FEMA's National Advisory Council to provide recommendations 
and advice regarding emergency responder training related to 
hazardous materials incidents involving railroads. The 
subcommittee is composed of members from various government 
agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration, 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and 
FEMA. Additionally, the subcommittee will include non-
governmental members, including those from effected industries, 
technical experts, and emergency responder training providers. 
The subcommittee will recommend improvement to emergency 
responder training. The RESPONSE Act helps improve emergency 
responder training by: helping improve access to training for 
emergency responders; identifying challenges to obtaining 
appropriate training for emergency responders; modernizing 
training course content related to rail hazardous materials 
incidents; and identifying strategies to integrate data 
regarding the flow of hazardous materials by rail and other 
relevant data for local emergency responders.

Legislative History

    On February 24, 2015, S. 546 was introduced by Senator 
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
    On March 4, 2015, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs met in open markup session and ordered 
S. 546 reported.
    Report by voice vote, as amended.
    On July 21, 2015, S. 546 was reported (S. Rept. 114-85) and 
placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under Orders 
(Calendar No. 155).
    On May 9, 2016, S. 546 passed the Senate with an amendment 
by unanimous consent.
    On May 10, 2016, S. 546 was received in the House and 
referred to the Committee.
    On September 14, 2016, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered S. 546, as amended, reported by voice vote.
    On November 14, 2016, S. 546 was reported to the House (H. 
Rept. 114-808), and was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar 
No. 632).
    On November 29, 2016, S. 546 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    December 10, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House amendment 
and pass S. 546 by unanimous consent.
    On December 14, 2016, S. 546 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 546 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-321.

               DAM Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2015


    PUBLIC LAW 114-322 (H.R. 2489)--ENACTED AS PART OF THE WIIN ACT

Summary

    This bill revises or authorizes the Corps water resources 
development projects, feasibility studies, and relationships 
with nonfederal project sponsors. It establishes a process to 
de-authorize projects with an aggregate estimated federal cost 
to complete of at least $10 billion. Sec. 5006 of S. 612 amends 
the National Dam Safety Program Act to add a dam rehabilitation 
program to provide grants to high hazard potential dams.

Legislative History

    On December 8, 2016, S. 612 was considered under a rule.
    On December 8, 2016, S. 612, as amended, passed 360-61 
(Roll No. 622).
    On December 8, 2016, the House amendment to S. 612 was laid 
before the Senate.
    On December 10, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House 
amendment to S. 612 (78-21). (Record Vote Number: 163).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 612 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 612 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-322.

        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-XXX (H.R. 4909/S. 2943)

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 4909 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2017 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 4909 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Aviation, the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings, and 
the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Armed Services to clear 
provisions in H.R. 4909 within the Committee's jurisdiction.

Legislative History

    On April 12, 2016, H.R. 4909 was introduced by Congressman 
Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
    On May 4, 2016, H.R. 4909 was reported by the Committee on 
Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-537).
    On May 12, 2016, a supplemental report (H. Rept. 114-537, 
Part II) was filed.
    On May 18, 2016, H.R. 4909 was considered under a rule and 
passed by a vote of 277-147 (Roll No. 216).
    On May 26, 2016, H.R. 4909 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General 
Orders (Calendar No. 502).
    On May 18, 2016, S. 2493 was introduced in the Senate by 
Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
    May 18, 2016, the Senate Committee on Armed Services order 
S. 2493 reported with a written report (S. Rept. 114-255).
    On June 14, 2016, S. 2493 passed the Senate with amendments 
by 85-13. Record Vote Number: 98.
    On July 8, 2016, the House struck all after the enacting 
clause and inserted in lieu thereof the provisions H.R. 4909 
and passed S. 2393 as amended, without objection.
    On July 8, 2016, the House insisted upon its amendment, and 
requested a conference.
    On July 8, 2016, the Speaker appointed conferees:
    Committee on Armed Services for consideration of the Senate 
bill and the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Thornberry, Forbes, Miller (FL), Wilson (SC), 
LoBiondo, Bishop (UT), Turner, Kline, Rogers (AL), Franks (AZ), 
Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Gibson, Hartzler, Heck 
(NV), Stefanik, Smith (WA), Sanchez, Loretta, Davis (CA), 
Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, 
Garamendi, Johnson (GA), Speier, and Peters.
    Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 
consideration of matters within the jurisdiction of that 
committee under clause 11 of rule X: Nunes, Pompeo, and Schiff.
    The Committee on Education and the Workforce for 
consideration of secs. 571-74 and 578 of the Senate bill, and 
secs. 571, 573, 1098E, and 3512 of the House amendment, and 
modifications committed to conference: Walberg, Guthrie, and 
Scott (VA).
    Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of secs. 
3112 and 3123 of the Senate bill, and secs. 346, 601, 749, 
1045, 1090, 1095, 1673, 3119A, and 3119C of the House 
amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Latta, 
Johnson of Ohio, and Pallone.
    Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration of secs. 
828, 1006, 1007, 1050, 1056, 1089, 1204, 1211, 1221-23, 1231, 
1232, 1242, 1243, 1247, 1252, 1253, 1255-58, 1260, 1263, 1264, 
1271-73, 1276, 1283, 1301, 1302, 1531-33, and 1662 of the 
Senate bill, and secs. 926, 1011, 1013, 1083, 1084, 1098K, 
1099B, 1099C, 1201, 1203, 1214, 1221-23, 1227, 1229, 1233, 
1235, 1236, 1245, 1246, 1250, 1259A-59E, 1259J, 1259L, 1259P, 
1259Q, 1259U, 1261, 1262, 130103, 1510, 1531-33, 1645, 1653, 
and 2804 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Royce, Zeldin, and Engel.
    Committee on Homeland Security for consideration of secs. 
564 and 1091 of the Senate bill, and secs. 1097, 1869, 1869A, 
and 3510 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: McCaul, Donovan, and Thompson (MS).
    Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 829J, 
829K, 944, 963, 1006, 1023-25, 1053, 1093, 1283, 3303, and 3304 
of the Senate bill, and secs. 598, 1090, 1098H, 1216, 1261, and 
3608 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Goodlatte, Issa, and Conyers.
    Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 
601, 2825, subtitle D of title XXVIII, and sec. 2852 of the 
Senate bill, and secs. 312, 601, 1090, 1098H, 2837, 2839, 
2839A, subtitle E of title XXVIII, secs. 2852, 2854, 2855, 
2864-66, title XXX, secs. 3508, 7005, and title LXXIII of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Cook, Hardy, and Grijalva.
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for 
consideration of secs. 339, 703, 819, 821, 829H, 829I, 861, 
944, 1048, 1054, 1097, 1103-07, 1109-13, 1121, 1124, 1131-33, 
1135, and 1136 of the Senate bill, and secs. 574, 603, 807, 
821, 1048, 1088, 1095, 1098L, 1101, 1102, 1104-06, 1108-11, 
1113, 1259C, and 1631 of the House amendment, and modifications 
committed to conference: Chaffetz, Russell, and Cummings.
    Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for 
consideration of sec. 874 of the Senate bill and secs. 1605, 
1673, and title XXXIII of the House amendment, and 
modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Weber (TX), 
and Johnson, E.B.
    Committee on Small Business for consideration of secs. 818, 
838, 874, and 898 of the Senate bill, and title XVIII of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Chabot, Knight, and Velazquez.
    Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 
consideration of secs. 541, 562, 601, 961, 3302-07, 3501, and 
3502 of the Senate bill, and secs. 343, 601, 731, 835, 1043, 
1671, 3119C, 3501, 3504, 3509, 3512, and title XXXVI of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Hunter, Rouzer, and Maloney, Sean.
    Committee on Veterans' Affairs for consideration of secs. 
706, 755, and 1431 of the Senate bill, and secs. 741, 1421, and 
1864 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Roe (TN), Bost, and Takano.
    Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of sec. 1271 
of the Senate bill, and modifications committed to conference: 
Brady (TX), Reichert, and Levin.
    On July 14, 2016, S. 2493 was laid before Senate by 
unanimous consent, disagreed to the House amendments, agreed to 
the request for conference, and appointed conferees: McCain, 
Inhofe, Sessions, Wicker, Ayotte, Fischer, Cotton, Rounds, 
Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, Lee, Graham, Cruz, Reed, Nelson, 
McCaskill, Manchin, Shaheen, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Donnelly, 
Hirono, Kaine, King, and Heinrich made in Senate.
    On November 30, 2016, the Conference report (H. Rept. 114-
840) was filed.
    On December 2, 2016, the House passed the conference report 
375-34 (Roll No. 600).
    On December 7 and 8, 2016, the conference report was 
considered by the Senate and pass 92-7 (Record Vote Number 
159).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 2493 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 23, 2016, S. 2493 was signed by the President.

      National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Act of 2016


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-326 (S. 2971)

Summary

    This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 
(FEMA) to continue managing the National Urban Search and 
Rescue Response System and provides additional direction for 
key program requirements that help reduce the loss of life and 
property during disasters.

Legislative History

    May 23, 2016, S. 2971 was introduced by Senator Rob Portman 
(R-OH).
    On May 25, 2016, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security 
and Government Affairs ordered S. 2971 reported.
    On August 30, 2016, S. 2971 was reported by the Committee 
on Homeland Security and Government Affairs with written report 
(S. Rept. 114-307) and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar 
under General Orders (Calendar No. 578).
    On November 30, 2016, S. 2971 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by unanimous consent.
    On December 1, 2016, S. 2971 was received in the House and 
referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    On December 7, 2016, S. 2971 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to with an amendment 405-7 
(Roll No. 615).
    On December 8, 2016, S. 2971 was received by the Senate.
    On December 10, 2016, S. 2971 passed the Senate by 
unanimous consent.
    On December 14, 2016, S. 2971 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 2971 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-326.

 Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington 
                             Soap Box Derby


                            H. CON. RES. 21

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 21 permits the Greater Washington Soap Box 
Derby Association to sponsor soap box derby races as a free 
public event on the Capitol grounds on June 20, 2015.

Legislative History

    On March 3, 2015, H. Con. Res. 21 was introduced by 
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H. Con. Res. 21 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On April 20, 2015, H. Con. Res. 21 was reported (H. Rept. 
114-86) and was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 22).
    On April 21, 2015, H. Con. Res. 21 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by a voice vote.
    On April 22, 2015, H. Con. Res. 21 was received in the 
Senate.
    On April 23, 2015, H. Con. Res. 21 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

   Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace 
 Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band 
                               Exhibition


                            H. CON. RES. 25

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 25 permits the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal 
Order of Police and its auxiliary to sponsor a free public 
event on the Capitol Grounds, the National Honor Guard and Pipe 
Band Exhibition on May 14, 2015, to allow law enforcement 
representatives to exhibit their ability to demonstrate Honor 
Guard programs and provide for a bag pipe exhibition; and the 
34th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on May 
15, 2015, to honor the law enforcement officers who died in the 
line of duty during 2014.

Legislative History

    On March 31, 2015, H. Con. Res. 25 was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H. Con. Res. 25 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On April 20, 2015, H. Con. Res. 25 was reported (H. Rept. 
114-87), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 23).
    On April 21, 2015, H. Con. Res. 25 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed 410-0 (Roll No. 162).
    On April 22, 2015, H. Con. Res. 25 was received in the 
Senate.
    On April 23, 2015, H. Con. Res. 25 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds, the Rotunda of the Capitol, 
   and Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for Official 
Congressional Events Surrounding the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis 
                      to the United States Capitol


                            H. CON. RES. 43

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 43 authorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds, 
the rotunda of the Capitol, and Emancipation Hall in the 
Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, September 24, 2015, for 
official congressional events surrounding the visit of His 
Holiness Pope Francis to the United States Capitol. H. Con. 
Res. 43 contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, 
provisions within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management.

Legislative History

    On April 28, 2015, H. Con. Res. 43 was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On April 30, 2015, H. Con. Res. 43 was considered under 
suspension of the rules of the House and agreed to by unanimous 
consent.
    On April 30, 2015, H. Con. Res. 43 was received in the 
Senate.
    On May 18, 2015, H. Con. Res. 43 was agreed to by the 
Senate by unanimous consent.

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia 
               Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run


                            H. CON. RES. 70

Summary

    H. Con. Res. 70 authorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds 
for the 30th Annual District of Columbia Special Olympics Law 
Enforcement Torch Run on October 16, 2015.

Legislative History

    On July 31, 2015, H. Con. Res. 70 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
    On September 8, 2015, H. Con. Res. 70 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to without objection.
    On September 9, 2015, H. Con. Res. 70 was received in the 
Senate.
    On September 16, 2015, H. Con. Res. 70 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

 Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the 2nd Annual Fallen 
         Firefighters Congressional Flag Presentation Ceremony


                            H. CON. RES. 73

Summary

    This bill permits the Congressional Fire Services Institute 
and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to sponsor the 
2nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Congressional Flag Presentation 
Ceremony as a free public event on the Capitol grounds on 
September 30, 2015, to honor the firefighters who died in the 
line of duty in 2014.

Legislative History

    On September 8, 2015, H. Con. Res. 73 was introduced by 
Congressman Peter T. King (R-NY).
    On September 8, 2015, H. Con. Res. 73 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
    On September 16, 2015, H. Con. Res. 73 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for an Event To Commemorate 
             the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March


                            H. CON. RES. 74

Summary

    This bill permits the Million Man March, Inc. to sponsor a 
free public event on the Capitol grounds on October 10, 2015, 
to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March.

Legislative History

    On September 8, 2015, H. Con. Res. 74 was introduced by 
Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL).
    On September 8, 2015, H. Con. Res. 74 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
    On September 16, 2015, H. Con. Res. 74 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

   Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace 
 Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band 
                               Exhibition


                            H. CON. RES. 117

Summary

    This bill permits the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of 
Police and it's auxiliary to sponsor a free public event on the 
Capitol grounds, namely (1) the National Honor Guard and Pipe 
Band Exhibition on May 14, 2016, to allow law enforcement 
representatives to exhibit their ability to demonstrate Honor 
Guard programs and provide for a bag pipe exhibition; and (2) 
the 35th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, on 
May 15, 2016, to honor the law enforcement officers who died in 
the line of duty during 2015.

Legislative History

    On February 23, 2016, H. Con. Res. 117 was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H. Con. Res. 117 favorably reported House by a 
voice vote.
    On March 23, 2016, H. Con. Res. 117 was reported (H. Rept. 
114-469), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 103).
    On April 12, 2016, H. Con. Res. 117 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to without objection.
    On April 13, 2016, H. Con. Res. 117 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

 Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington 
                             Soap Box Derby


                            H. CON. RES. 119

Summary

    This bill permits the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby 
Association to sponsor soap box derby races as a free public 
event on the Capitol grounds on June 18, 2016.

Legislative History

    On February 25, 2016, H. Con. Res. 119 was introduced by 
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H. Con. Res. 119 favorably reported House by a 
voice vote.
    On March 23, 2016, H. Con. Res. 119 was reported (H. Rept. 
114-468), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 102).
    On April 18, 2016, H. Con. Res. 119 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On June 7, 2016, H. Con. Res. 119 was agreed to by the 
Senate, without amendment, by unanimous consent.

 Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the 2nd Annual Fallen 
         Firefighters Congressional Flag Presentation Ceremony


                            H. CON. RES. 120

Summary

    This bill permits the Congressional Fire Services Institute 
and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to sponsor the 
2nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Congressional Flag Presentation 
Ceremony as a free public event on the Capitol grounds on 
September 28, 2016, to honor the firefighters who died in the 
line of duty in 2015.

Legislative History

    On February 26, 2016, H. Con. Res. 120 was introduced by 
Congressman Peter T. King (R-NY).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H. Con. Res. 120 favorably reported by a voice 
vote.
    On March 23, 2016, H. Con. Res. 120 was reported (House 
Report 114-467), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 
101).
    On April 12, 2016, H. Con. Res. 120 was considered agreed 
to by Unanimous Consent.
    On April 13, 2016, H. Con. Res. 120 was received in the 
Senate, considered, and agreed to by unanimous consent.

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia 
               Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run


                            H. CON. RES. 131

Summary

    This bill authorizes the use of the Capitol grounds for the 
31st annual District of Columbia Special Olympics Law 
Enforcement Torch Run on September 30, 2016.

Legislative History

    On May 17, 2016, H. Con. Res. 131 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
    On May 25, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H. Con. Res. 131 favorably reported House by a 
voice vote.
    On June 6, 2016, H. Con. Res. 131 was reported (H. Rept. 
114-625), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 126).
    On September 7, 2016, H. Con. Res. 131 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to without objection.
    On September 13, 2016, H. Con. Res. 131 was agreed to by 
the Senate by unanimous consent.

  Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives Regarding the 
 Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 
               2001, on the 15th Anniversary of That Date


                              H. RES. 842

Summary

    H. Res. 842 recognizes September 11th as a day of solemn 
commemoration and extends deepest sympathies to the innocent 
victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their 
families, friends, and loved ones. The bill honors the heroism 
and sacrifices of military and civilian personnel and their 
families in defense of the United States and credits the 
heroism of first responders, law enforcement personnel, state 
and local officials, volunteers, and others who aided the 
victims of the attacks. Further, the bill thanks the leaders 
and citizens of nations who have assisted and continue to stand 
in solidarity with the United States against terrorism in the 
aftermath of the attacks.

Legislative History

    On September 6, 2016, H. Res. 842 was introduced by 
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
    On September 9, 2016, H. Res. 842 was considered in the 
House and was agreed to without objection.

          Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015


                PENDING IN THE HOUSE (H.R. 34/H.R. 1561)

Summary

    This legislation authorizes and strengthens the tsunami 
detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program 
of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. H.R. 34 
contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On January 6, 2015, H.R. 34 was introduced by Congresswoman 
Susan Bonamici (D-OR).
    On January 7, 2015, H.R. 34 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and was agreed to by voice vote.
    On January 8, 2015, H.R. 34 was received in the Senate and 
read twice.
    On October 6, 2015, H.R. 34 passed the Senate, with an 
amendment, by unanimous consent.
    On December 1, 2016, H.R. 1561 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by Unanimous Consent. H.R. 34 was incorporated into 
the Senate amendment to H.R. 1561.

  To Designate the United States Courthouse Located at 501 East Court 
 Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States 
                              Courthouse''


                    PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 172)

Summary

    H.R. 172 designates the United States courthouse located at 
501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess 
Brown United States Courthouse''.

Legislative History

    On January 6, 2015, H.R. 172 was introduced by Congressman 
Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS).
    On April 14, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 172 favorably reported by voice vote.
    On April 23, 2015, H.R. 172 was reported (H. Rept. 114-89) 
and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 25).
    On April 28, 2015, H.R. 172 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On April 29, 2015, H.R. 172 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.

              FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1471)

Summary

    H.R. 1471 authorizes appropriations for FEMA for fiscal 
years 2016 thru 2018, including appropriations for the National 
Urban Search and Rescue Response System and Emergency 
Management Assistance Compact grants. The bill also reforms the 
disaster assistance process, establishing a three-year statute 
of limitations for reclaiming disaster relief funds, increasing 
the disaster assistance eligibility threshold for small project 
to $1 million, establishing reimbursement rates for state and 
local disaster recovery projects, authorizing hazard mitigation 
assistance in any area affected by a fire, and allows the use 
of hazard mitigation grants to reduce the risk of future damage 
or loss in any area affected by a wildfire or earthquake 
hazards.

Legislative History

    On March 19, 2015, H.R. 1471 was introduced by Congressman 
Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1471 favorably reported, as amended, by a 
voice vote.
    On February 29, 2016, H.R. 1471 was reported (H. Rept. 114-
436), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 333).
    On February 29, 2016, H.R. 1471 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.

       DHS Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1640)

Summary

    This legislation directs the Secretary of Homeland Security 
to submit to Congress a report on DHS headquarters 
consolidation project in the National Capital Region. H.R. 1640 
contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On March 25, 2015, H.R. 1640 was introduced by Congressman 
Mark Walker (R-NC).
    On June 23, 2015, H.R. 1640 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and was agreed to by voice vote.
    On June 23, 2015, H.R. 1640 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

 Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (SHARE 
                                  Act)


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 2406)

Summary

    This bill revises a variety of existing programs to expand 
access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and 
recreational shooting. H.R. 2406 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and Water Resources 
and Environment.

Legislative History

    On May 19, 2015, H.R. 2406 was introduced by Congressman 
Robert J. Wittman (R-VA).
    On February 26, 2016, H.R. 2406 was considered in the House 
and agreed to by recorded vote: 242-161 (Roll No. 101).
    On March 1, 2016, H.R. 2406 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and 
Natural Resources.

          Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 2647)

Summary

    H.R. 2647 changes the way federal land management agencies 
conduct various activities related to forest management, 
including wildfire activities. The bill eliminates certain 
restrictions on timber harvesting, limits the use of the 
Knutson-Vandenberg Trust Fund for administrative costs, reforms 
stewardship contracting, and exempts lawsuits challenging 
certain forest management activities from the Equal Access to 
Justice Act and requires plaintiffs who sue the United States 
Forest Service post a cash bond. H.R. 2647 contains provisions 
within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

Legislative History

    On June 4, 2016, H.R. 2647 was introduced by Congressman 
Bruce Westerman (R-AR).
    On July 9, 2015, H.R. 2647 was considered under a rule (H. 
Res. 347) and passed 262-167 (Roll No. 428).
    On July 13, 2015, H.R. 2647 was received in the Senate and 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry.
    On September 19, 2016, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry met and ordered H.R. 2647 reported with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute without written 
report. H.R. 2647 was placed on Senate Legislative Calendar 
under General Orders. Calendar No. 634.

          DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3572)

Summary

    This legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 
to reform, streamline, and make improvements to DHS and support 
the Department's efforts to implement better policy, planning, 
management, and performance, and for other purposes. H.R. 3572 
contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On September 9, 2015, H.R. 3572 was introduced by 
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX).
    On October 20, 2015, H.R. 3572 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and was agreed to by voice vote.
    On October 21, 2015, H.R. 3572 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

   Promoting Resilience and Efficiency in Preparing for Attacks and 
            Responding to Emergencies Act or the PREPARE Act


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3583)

Summary

    This legislation reforms and improves the FEMA, the Office 
of Emergency Communications, and the Office of Health Affairs 
of the DHS, and for other purposes. H.R. 3583 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On September 22, 2015, H.R. 3583 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ).
    On April 26, 2016, H.R. 3583 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On April 27, 2016, H.R. 3583 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

            Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3586)

Summary

    This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to 
establish within CBP an Immigration Cooperation Program, under 
which CBP officers may cooperate with authorities of the 
government of a foreign country, air carriers, and security 
employees at airports located in that country to identify 
persons who may be inadmissible to the United States or 
otherwise pose a risk to border security.

Legislative History

    On September 22, 2015, H.R. 3586 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Candice S. Miller (R-MI).
    On April 13, 2016, H.R. 3586 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On April 14, 2016, H.R. 3586 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

                 Fusion Center Enhancement Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3598)

Summary

    This legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 
to enhance the partnership between DHS and the National Network 
of Fusion Centers, and for other purposes. H.R. 3598 contains 
provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On September 24, 2015, H.R. 3598 was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On November 2, 2015, H.R. 3598 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and was agreed to by voice vote.
    On November 3, 2015, H.R. 3598 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

       Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3875)

Summary

    This legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 
to establish within the DHS a Chemical, Biological, 
Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Office, and for other 
purposes. H.R. 3875 contains provisions within the jurisdiction 
of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 
Specifically, provisions within the bill impact the 
jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

Legislative History

    On November 2, 2015, H.R. 3875 was introduced by 
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX).
    On December 10, 2015, H.R. 3875 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On December 14, 2016, H.R. 3875 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our 
                           Ports Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3878)

Summary

    This bill requires DHS to implement, and evaluate at least 
every two years, a maritime cybersecurity risk assessment model 
to evaluate current and future cybersecurity risks. The model 
must be consistent with the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure 
Cybersecurity and any updates pursuant to the Cybersecurity 
Enhancement Act of 2014.

Legislative History

    On November 2, 2015, H.R. 3878 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA).
    On December 16, 2015, H.R. 3878 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On December 17, 2015, H.R. 3878 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Transportation.

              Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act


                PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3998/S. 253)

Summary

    This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission 
(FCC) to submit to Congress and publish on the FCC website a 
study on the public safety benefits, technical feasibility, and 
cost of providing the public with access to 911 services during 
times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable.

Legislative History

    On November 16, 2015, H.R. 3998 was introduced by 
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).
    On May 23, 2016, H.R. 3998 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to 389-2 (Roll No. 230).
    On May 24, 2016, H.R. 3998 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation.

       Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2016


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 4404)

Summary

    This legislation requires an exercise related to terrorist 
and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes. H.R. 4404 
contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions 
within the bill impact the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management.

Legislative History

    On February 1, 2016, H.R. 4404 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ).
    On July 11, 2016, H.R. 4404 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On July 12, 2016, H.R. 4404 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs.

            Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 4487)

Summary

    The Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act reforms the 
GSA's management of federal real estate assets and provides the 
agency with the necessary tools to negotiate the best lease 
deals possible on behalf of the taxpayers. Enabling the agency 
to better facilitate consolidations, reduce space, and take 
advantage of the current buyer's market has the potential to 
save billions of dollars. The bill also strengthens oversight 
of federal construction projects, and ensures that such 
projects remain on or under budget. The Public Buildings Reform 
and Savings Act also improves public building security by 
establishing more accountability and oversight of the Federal 
Protective Service and its legal authorities.

Legislative History

    On February 8, 2016, H.R. 4487 was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On March 2, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 4487 favorably reported, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On May 23, 2016, H.R. 4487 was reported (House Report 114-
589), was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 459), was 
considered under suspension of the rules and agreed to by the 
voice vote.
    On May 24, 2016, H.R. 4487 was received in the Senate.
    On July 14, 2016, H.R. 4487 read twice and placed on the 
Legislative Calendar under General Orders (Calendar No. 563).

   To Amend Title 40, United States Code, To Include as Part of the 
Buildings and Grounds of the National Gallery of Art any Buildings and 
Other Areas Within the Boundaries of any Real Estate or Other Property 
           Interests Acquired by the National Gallery of Art


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 5160)

Summary

    This bill amend title 40, United States Code, to include as 
part of the buildings and grounds of the National Gallery of 
Art any buildings and other areas within the boundaries of any 
real estate or other property interests acquired by the 
National Gallery of Art.

Legislative History

    On April 29, 2016, H.R. 5160 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Candice S. Miller (R-MI).
    On May 17, 2016, the Committee on House Administration met 
in open markup session and ordered H.R. 5160 favorably reported 
by voice vote.
    On June 16, 2016, H.R. 5160 was reported (H. Rept. 114-626) 
and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 485).
    On November 29, 2016, H.R. 5160 was agreed to by unanimous 
consent.
    On November 30, 2016, H.R. 5160 was received in the Senate.

To Designate the Federal Building and United States Courthouse Located 
at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the ``Fred D. Thompson 
            Federal Building and United States Courthouse''


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 6135)

Summary

    This legislation designates the Federal building and United 
States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, 
Tennessee, as the ``Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and 
United States Courthouse''.

Legislative History

    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 6135 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
    On November 29, 2016, H.R. 6135 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by voice vote.
    On November 30, 2016, H.R. 6135 was received in the Senate.

                 Communications Act Update Act of 2016


                     PENDING IN THE SENATE (S. 253)

Summary

    This legislation amends the Communications Act of 1934 to 
provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the 
procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission, 
to consolidate certain reporting obligations of the Commission, 
and to update certain other provisions of such Act, and for 
other purposes. S. 253 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

Legislative History

    On January 26, 2015, S. 253 was introduced by Senator Dean 
Heller (R-NV).
    On June 10, 2015, S. 253 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On June 11, S. 253 was received in the House and held at 
the desk.
    On September 27, 2016, S. 253 was considered by unanimous 
consent and was agreed to with an amendment, without objection.

           John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2015


                   REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 1473)

Summary

    Amends the John F. Kennedy Center Act to reauthorize 
appropriations for fiscal years 2016-2020 for maintenance, 
repair, and security, and capital projects for the John F. 
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Legislative History

    On March 19, 2015, H.R. 1473 was introduced by Congressman 
Lou Barletta (R-PA).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1473 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    H.R. 1473 was reported to the House on May 8, 2015 (H. 
Rept. 114-105), and the bill was placed on the Union Calendar 
(Calendar No. 74).

  To Direct the Librarian of Congress To Obtain a Stained Glass Panel 
 Depicting the Seal of the District of Columbia and Install the Panel 
  Among the Stained Glass Panels Depicting the Seals of States Which 
   Overlook the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress Thomas 
                           Jefferson Building


                   REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 4231)

Summary

    This bill requires the Librarian of Congress, concurrently 
with the planned renovation and replacement of such panels, to 
obtain a stained glass panel depicting the seal of the District 
of Columbia and install it among the existing panels that 
depict the seals of states that overlook the Main Reading Room 
of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

Legislative History

    On December 10, 2015, H.R. 4231 was introduced by 
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
    On April 20, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 4231 favorably reported, as amended, by a 
voice vote.
    On May 3, 2016, H.R. 4231 was reported, as amended, to the 
House on May 3, 2016 (H. Rept. 114-535, Part I).

                      Financial CHOICE Act of 2016


                   REPORTED BY COMMITTEE (H.R. 5983)

Summary

    This legislation is intended to create hope and opportunity 
for consumers, investors, and entrepreneurs by ending bailouts 
and Too Big to Fail, holding Washington and Wall Street 
accountable, eliminating red tape to increase access to capital 
and credit, and repealing the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act 
that make America less prosperous, less stable, and less free, 
and for other purposes.

Legislative History

    On September 9, 2016, H.R. 5983 was introduced by 
Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).

Committee Resolutions (Authorizing the General Services Administration 
                Capital Investment and Leasing Program)

    During the 114th Congress the Committee continued to cut 
waste and lower the cost of federal property and leases. In 
calendar years 2015 and 2016, the Committee approved 101 GSA 
resolutions resulting in a total saving of $1,286,362,418.
    On February 12, 2015, the Committee approved nine GSA lease 
resolutions and three alteration project resolutions. The lease 
resolutions included the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, 
Treasury, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, 
Homeland Security, Justice, and Veterans Affairs, and the 
National Labor Relations Board. Two alteration projects 
approved included multiple federally-owned buildings to 
maximize utilization and address life safety issues. The 
Committee-approved resolutions represent an $111,011,170 total 
reduction in lease payments and construction costs over the 
lease terms.

Alteration-Energy and Water Retrofit and Conservation Measures 
Program--Various Buildings--PEW-0001-MU15
        Total Proposed Cost: $5,000,000

Alteration-Phillip Burton Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse--
San Francisco, CA--PCA-0154-SF15
        Total Proposed Cost: $29,000,000

Alteration-Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Building--Battle Creek, 
MI--PMI-0501-BA15
        Total Proposed Cost: $11,197,000

Drug Enforcement Administration--San Diego, CA--PCA-01-SD15
        Rentable Square Feet: 105,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $4,124,723

Department of Justice--Bureau of Prisons--Washington, DC--PDC-
01-WA15
        Rentable Square Feet: 114,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $5,700,000

Department of Justice--Civil Division--Washington, DC--PDC-02-
WA15
        Rentable Square Feet: 217,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $10,850,000

Department of Justice--Washington, DC--PDC-03-WA15
        Rentable Square Feet: 382,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $19,100,000

Federal Bureau of Investigation-85 10th Avenue--New York, NY--
PNY-02-NY15
        Rentable Square Feet: 168,000
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $13,776,000

Federal Bureau of Investigation-601 West 26th Street--New York, 
NY--PNY-04-NY15
        Rentable Square Feet: 79,792
        Lease Term: 3 years
        Annual Rent: $5,346,064

U.S. Probation Office & U.S. Pretrial Services Office-233 
Broadway--New York, NY--PNY-06-NY15
        Rentable Square Feet: 112,392
        Lease Term: 2 years
        Annual Rent: $5,394,816

Internal Revenue Service--Guaynabo, PR--PPR-02-GU15
    Rentable Square Feet: 92,500
    Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $4,625,000

Environmental Protection Agency--Dallas, TX--PTX-01-DA15
        Rentable Square Feet: 229,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $6,412,000

    On April 30, 2015, the Committee approved one GSA 
Construction project resolution and one alteration project 
resolution. Two alteration projects approved included multiple 
federally-owned buildings to maximize utilization and address 
life safety issues. The Committee-approved resolutions 
represent a $105,000,000 total reduction in lease payments and 
construction costs over the lease terms.

Alteration--Consolidation Activities Projects--Various 
Buildings--PCA-0001-MU15
        Total Proposed Cost: $70,000,000

Construction--Federal Bureau of Investigation--San Juan, PR--
PPR-FBC-HR14
        Total Proposed Cost: $85,301,000

    On May 20, 2015, the Committee approved two GSA project 
survey resolutions and one amended lease resolution previously 
approved by the Committee on February 12, 2015, and updated to 
reflect new information submitted by GSA. The project survey 
resolutions will direct GSA to evaluate the long-term facility 
options related to two courthouses, and to submit the resulting 
reports to the Committee, and the amended resolution will 
authorize a lease.

Building Project Survey--U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building--
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Building Project Survey--U.S. District Court for the Northern 
District of Florida--Pensacola, FL
Amended Lease--Federal Bureau of Investigation--85 10th 
Avenue--New York, NY--PNY-02-NY15
        Rentable Square Feet: 168,000
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $14,616,000

    On July 23, 2015, the Committee approved nine GSA building 
alteration project resolutions, two reprogramming project 
resolutions, two construction project resolutions, and two 
lease resolutions. The lease resolutions included the 
Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Treasury, Interior, 
Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, 
Justice, and Veterans Affairs, and the National Labor Relations 
Board. Two alteration projects approved included multiple 
federally-owned buildings to maximize utilization and address 
life safety issues. The Committee-approved resolutions 
represent a $326,696,500 total reduction in lease payments and 
construction costs over the lease terms.

Alteration--Fire Protection and Life Safety Program--Various 
Buildings--PFP-0001-MU16
        Total Proposed Cost: $20,000,000

Alteration--Sixth Street Federal Building--Los Angeles, CA--
PCA-0149-LA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $12,283,000

Alteration--Denver Federal Center Building 56--Lakewood, CO--
PCO-0533-LA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $6,142,000

Alteration--Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse--Detroit, MI--PMI-
0029-DE16
        Total Proposed Cost: $68,792,000

Alteration--Goodfellow Federal Complex--St. Louis, MO--PMO-
00AF-SL16
        Total Proposed Cost: $43,847,000

Alteration--Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House--New York, 
NY--PNY-0131-NY16
        Total Proposed Cost: $46,498,000

Alteration--Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building--New York, 
NY--PNY-0282-NY16
        Total Proposed Cost: $7,133,000

Alteration--Federal Office Building--Seattle, WA--PWA-0036-SE16
        Total Proposed Cost: $20,850,000

Alteration--Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse--Milwaukee, 
WI--PWI-0044-MI16
        Total Proposed Cost: $27,391,000

Construction--Department of Homeland Security--Consolidation at 
St. Elizabeths--Washington, DC--PDC-0002-WA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $18,422,000

Construction--Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
Building--Pembina, ND--PND-0550-PE16
        Total Proposed Cost: $5,357,000

Federal Communications Commission--Washington, DC--PDC-06-WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 473,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $23,650,000

Federal Aviation Administration--Western-Pacific Regional 
Office--Hawthorne, CA--PCA-01-HA15
        Rentable Square Feet: 154,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $7,546,000

Alteration--Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building--New York, 
NY--PDS-02015
        Total Proposed Cost: $7,660,000

Alteration--1800 F Street Building--Presidential Transition 
Team--Washington, DC--PDC-PTT-WA15
        Total Proposed Cost: $9,922,000

    On March 2, 2016, the Committee approved 13 GSA lease 
resolutions, six alteration project resolutions, three 
construction projects, a design project, and an acquisition. 
The lease resolutions included the Departments of Education, 
Homeland Security, Defense, State, Veterans Affairs, the 
Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Election 
Commission. The six alteration projects approved included 
multiple federally-owned buildings to maximize utilization and 
address life safety issues. The Committee-approved resolutions 
represent a $385,828,855 total reduction in lease payments and 
construction costs over the lease terms.
Alteration--Consolidation Activities Program--Various 
Buildings--PCA-0001-MU16
        Total Proposed Cost: $75,000,000

Alteration--Energy and Water Retrofit and Conservation Measures 
Program--Various Buildings--PEW-0001-MU16
        Total Proposed Cost: $10,000,000

Alteration--Judiciary Court Security Program--Various 
Buildings--PJCS-0001-MU16
        Total Proposed Cost: $20,000,000

Alteration--William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building--
Philadelphia, PA--PPA-0277-PH16
        Total Proposed Cost: $45,000,000

Alteration--U.S. Land Port of Entry--Pacific Highway, Blaine, 
WA--PWA-00BN-BL16
        Total Proposed Cost: $11,930,000

Alteration--Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. 
Courthouse--Los Angeles, CA--PCA-0283-LA14
        Total Proposed Cost: $19,383,000

Site Acquisition and Design--Federal Office Building--Boyers, 
PA--PPA-FBC-BO17
        Total Proposed Cost: $31,200,000

Building Acquisition--IRS Annex Building Purchase--Austin, TX--
PTX-1665-AU17
        Total Proposed Cost: $12,756,000

Construction--U.S. Land Port of Entry--Columbus, NM--PNM-BSC-
CO16
        Total Proposed Cost: $85,645,000

Construction--U.S. Land Port of Entry--Alexandria Bay, NY--PNY-
BSC-AB16
        Total Proposed Cost: $100,471,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--Nashville, TN--PTN-CTC-NA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $186,425,000

Department of Education--San Francisco, CA--PCA-02-SF16
        Rentable Square Feet:75,269
        Lease Term: 3 years
        Annual Rent: $5,494,637

Department of Defense--U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--San 
Francisco, CA--PCA-03-SF16
        Rentable Square Feet: 71,728
        Lease Term: 2 years
        Annual Rent: $4,662,320

Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security--
Executive Office of Immigration Review & Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement--San Francisco, CA--PCA-01-SF16
        Rentable Square Feet: 85,000
        Lease Term: 10 years
        Annual Rent: $6,460,000

Federal Election Commission--Washington, DC--PDC-01-WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 105,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $5,250,000

Department of Defense--U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--Baltimore, 
MD--PMD-01-BA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 143,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $4,842,200

Department of Homeland Security--Customs and Border 
Protection--Newark, NJ--PNJ-01-NW16
        Rentable Square Feet: 123,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $4,551,000

Environmental Protection Agency--Northern Virginia--PVA-02-WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 326,057
        Lease Term: 5 years
        Annual Rent: $12,716,223

Department of Veterans Affairs--Washington, DC--PC-02-WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 97,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $4,850,000

Environmental Protection Agency-Regional Headquarters--Denver, 
CO--PCO-08-DE16
        Rentable Square Feet: 176,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $8,096,000

Department of State--Washington, DC--PDC-05-WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 115,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $5,750,000

Department of Justice--Drug Enforcement Agency--Northern 
Virginia--PVA-01-WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 575,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $22,425,000

Department of Homeland Security--Citizenship and Immigration 
Services--Dallas, TX--PTX-01-DA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 261,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $7,830,000

Amended Resolution--Environmental Protection Agency--Dallas, 
TX--PTX-01-DA15
        Rentable Square Feet: 229,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $6,412,000

    On April 20, 2016, the Committee approved two GSA building 
alteration resolutions. The alteration projects approved 
included multiple federally-owned buildings to maximize 
utilization and address life safety issues. The Committee-
approved resolutions represent a $27,230,000 total reduction in 
lease payments and construction costs over the lease terms.

Alteration--District Courthouse--Pensacola, FL--PFL-2245-PE15
        Total Proposed Cost: $30,781,000

Alteration--Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. 
Courthouse--San Diego, CA--PCA-0167-SD16
        Total Proposed Cost: $60,845,000

    On May 25, 2016, the Committee approved 23 GSA lease 
resolutions, 16 alteration project resolutions, four 
construction projects, two amended resolutions, two leases, and 
one design project. The lease resolutions include the 
Department of Agriculture and the Social Security 
Administration. The 16 alteration projects approved included 
multiple federally-owned buildings to maximize utilization and 
address life safety issues. The Committee-approved resolutions 
represent a $195,166,880 total reduction in lease payments and 
construction costs over the lease terms.

Alteration--Consolidation Activities Program--Various 
Buildings--PCA-0001-MU17
        Total Proposed Cost: $75,000,000

Alteration--Energy and Water Retrofit Conversation Measures 
Program--Various Buildings--PEW-0001-MU17
        Total Proposed Cost: $10,000,000

Alteration--Fire Protection and Life Safety Program--Various 
Buildings--PFP-0001-MU17
        Total Proposed Cost: $20,000,000

Alteration--Judiciary Capital Security Program--Various 
Buildings--PJCS-0001-MU17
        Total Proposed Cost: $26,700,000

Alteration--Minton-Capehart Federal Building--Indianapolis, 
IN--PIN-0133-IN17
        Total Proposed Cost: $10,784,000

Alteration--F. Edward Herbert Federal Building--New Orleans, 
LA--PLA-0034-NO17
        Total Proposed Cost: $66,608,000

Alteration--John F. Kennedy Federal Building--Boston, MA--PMA-
0131-BN17
        Total Proposed Cost: $40,273,000

    Amended Alteration--Minton-985 Michigan Avenue--Detroit, 
MI--PMI-0800-DE17
        Total Proposed Cost: $14,617,000

Alteration--Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building Garage--
Detroit, MI--PMI-0133-DE17
        Total Proposed Cost: $10,720,000

Alteration--2306/2312 Bannister Road Federal Building--Kansas 
City, MO--PMO-39/35-KC17
        Total Proposed Cost: $66,534,000

Alteration--Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse--Cleveland, OH--POH-
0301-CL17
        Total Proposed Cost: $15,524,000

Alteration--911 Federal Building--Portland, OR--POR-0033-PO17
        Total Proposed Cost: $22,500,000

Alteration--William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building--
Philadelphia, PA--PPA-0277133-PH17
        Total Proposed Cost: $52,300,000

Alteration--Austin Finance Center--Austin, TX--PTX-1618-AU17
        Total Proposed Cost: $22,781,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse Annex-Charles R. Jonas 
Courthouse--Charlotte, NC--PNC-CTC-CH16
        Total Proposed Cost: $164,660,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse Annex-James M. Ashley and 
Thomas W.L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse--Toledo, OH--POH-CTC-TO16
        Total Proposed Cost: $104,284,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--Greenville, SC--PSC-CTC-GR16
        Total Proposed Cost: $104,999,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--San Antonio, TX--PTX-CTC-
SA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $144,581,000

    Design--Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building--Queens, NY--
PDS-02017
        Total Proposed Cost: $8,500,000

    Amended Construction--DHS Consolidation at St. Elizabeths--
Washington, DC--PDC-0002-WA17
        Total Proposed Cost: $12,755,000

    Amended Construction--APHIS Building--Pembina, ND--PND-
0550-PE17
        Total Proposed Cost: $392,000

Department of Agriculture--Northern Virginia--PVA-05-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 131,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $5,109,000

Social Security Administration--Dallas, TX--PTX-01-DA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 135,260
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $4,869,360

    On September 14, 2016, the Committee approved 20 GSA lease 
resolutions, 16 leases and four construction projects. The 
lease resolutions include the Department of Homeland Security, 
the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Defense, the 
National Archives and Record Administration, the Small Business 
Administration, the Peace Corps, the Pension Benefit Guaranty 
Corporation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The 
Committee-approved resolutions represent a $135,429,013 total 
reduction in lease payments and construction costs over the 
lease terms.

Internal Revenue Service--Austin, TX--PTX-01-AU17
        Rentable Square Feet: 219,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $8,103,000

Internal Revenue Service--Fresno, CA--PCA-01-FR17
        Rentable Square Feet: 196,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $6,860,000

U.S. International Trade Commission--Washington, DC--PDC-03-
WA16
        Rentable Square Feet: 207,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $9,315,000

Peace Corps--Washington, DC--PDC-08-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 173,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $8,650,000

Environmental Protection Agency--Philadelphia, PA--PPA-01-PH17
        Rentable Square Feet: 222,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $8,436,000

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation--Washington, DC--PDC-10-
WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 431,800
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $21,590,000

Department of Defense--Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint 
Staff--Suffolk, VA--PVA-01-SU17
        Rentable Square Feet: 403,737
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $8,882,214

Amended Resolution--Executive Office of Immigration Review and 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement--San Francisco, CA--PCA-01-
SF17
        Rentable Square Feet: 91,100
        Lease Term: 10 years
        Annual Rent: $6,832,500

National Archives and Records Administration--Jackson and Clay 
Counties, MO, and Johnson County, KS--PMO-01-LS17
        Rentable Square Feet: 806,794
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $5,647,558

Small Business Administration--Fort Worth, TX--PTX-01-FW17
        Rentable Square Feet: 163,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $4,727,000

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission--Washington, DC--PDC-
09-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 170,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $8,500,000

Department of Homeland Security--Federal Emergency Management 
Agency--Washington, DC--PDC-01-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 116,675
        Lease Term: 3 years
        Annual Rent: $5,483,725

Department of Homeland Security--Federal Emergency Management 
Agency--Washington, DC--PDC-02-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 303,546
        Lease Term: 1 year
        Annual Rent: $14,266,662

Department of Homeland Security--Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement--Washington, DC--PDC-03-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 104,934
        Lease Term: 3 years
        Annual Rent: $4,722,000

Department of Homeland Security--Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement--Washington, DC--PDC-04-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 502,997
        Lease Term: 4 years
        Annual Rent: $22,635,000

Agency for International Development--Washington, DC--PDC-12-
WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 355,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $17,750,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--Des Moines, IA--PIA-CTC-DM16
        Total Proposed Cost: $136,602,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--Harrisburg, PA--PPA-CTC-HA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $194,444,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse Annex--Tomochichi Federal 
Building & Courthouse--Savannah, GA--PGA-CTC-SA16
        Total Proposed Cost: $75,699,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--Greenville, MS--PMS-CTC-GR16
        Total Proposed Cost: $40,102,000

    On December 7, 2016, the Committee approved four GSA lease 
resolutions and two construction projects. The lease 
resolutions include the Department of Homeland Security, the 
Food and Drug Administration, the National Archives and Records 
Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. The 
Committee-approved resolutions represent a $56,199,600 total 
reduction in lease payments and construction costs over the 
lease terms.

Department of Homeland Security--Customs and Border Protection 
Office of Information Technology--Northern Virginia--PVA-01-
WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 562,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $21,918,000

Food and Drug Administration--Atlanta, GA--PGA-01-AT17
        Rentable Square Feet: 162,000
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $5,994,000
National Archives and Records Administration--Jackson and Clay 
Counties, MO, and Johnson Country, KS--PMO-01-LS17
        Rentable Square Feet: 806,794
        Lease Term: 20 years
        Annual Rent: $5,647,558

National Institutes of Health--Montgomery and Prince George's 
Counties, MD--PMD-01-WA17
        Rentable Square Feet: 238,000
        Lease Term: 15 years
        Annual Rent: $8,330,000

Construction--FBI Headquarters Consolidation--National Capital 
Region--PNCR-FBI-NCR17
        Total Proposed Cost: $834,000,000

Construction--New U.S. Courthouse--Anniston, AL--PAL-CTC-AN16
        Total Proposed Cost: $42,575,000

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


  REBUILDING AFTER THE STORM: LESSENING IMPACTS AND SPEEDING RECOVERY

    On January 27, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
launch an assessment of the rising costs of disasters, the cost 
effectiveness of disaster assistance, strategies to reduce 
disaster losses, and the appropriate roles of government and 
the private sector; and to consider reforms to save lives 
through improved alerts and warning systems and search and 
rescue. The Subcommittee heard testimony from FEMA, the 
Congressional Research Service, the National Emergency 
Management Association, and the International Association of 
Fire Chiefs.

 OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAXPAYER SAVINGS: FEDERALLY LEASED OFFICE SPACE IN 
                      THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

    On February 11, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
policy discussion to examine the unusual number of leases 
expiring in the National Capital Region over the next five 
years, the status of replacement leases, and opportunities to 
reduce the amount of space and the costs to the taxpayer. 
Participants included GSA, the Department of Justice, DHS, the 
Department of Health and Human Services, and private sector 
experts.

 OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAXPAYER SAVINGS: FEDERALLY LEASED OFFICE SPACE IN 
                         GSA'S SOUTHEAST REGION

    On March 16, 2015, the Subcommittee held a field roundtable 
policy discussion in Atlanta, Georgia, to examine the unusual 
number of leases expiring in GSA's Southeast Region over the 
next five years, the status of replacement leases, and 
opportunities to reduce the amount of leased space and the 
costs to the taxpayer. Participants included GSA, the Social 
Security Administration (SSA), the Internal Revenue Service 
(IRS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and a private sector expert.

 WHAT IS DRIVING THE INCREASING COSTS AND RISING LOSSES FROM DISASTERS?

    On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
policy discussion to examine and discuss data related to 
disaster costs, the trends observed over time, and the 
projections for the future given the policies in place today. 
Participants included FEMA, CRS, GAO, and experts from academia 
and the private sector.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SEISMIC HAZARDS: PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR THE NEXT 
                                DISASTER

    On May 19, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to assess 
FEMA's role in earthquake hazard preparedness, mitigation, 
response, and recovery; and to examine the efforts of the 
Pacific Northwest and seismic hazard experts to reduce disaster 
impacts and build stronger communities. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from FEMA and leaders in engineering and 
seismology.

THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA AND FEMA REGION III ARE LEADERS IN MITIGATING 
                       DISASTER COSTS AND LOSSES

    On May 28, 2015, the Subcommittee held a field roundtable 
policy discussion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to examine 
disaster costs and losses, focusing on hazards impacting 
Pennsylvania and the region, and to identify best practices for 
mitigating and avoiding disaster impacts. Participants included 
representatives from FEMA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 
the University of Pennsylvania, and city and county officials.

     SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN FEDERAL REAL ESTATE: REDUCING THE 
                      GOVERNMENT'S SPACE FOOTPRINT

    On June 16, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the issue of underutilized and vacant federal 
properties, costs to the taxpayer of such properties, 
challenges to selling or disposing of unneeded real property, 
and methods by which the federal government can reduce its 
space footprint and save taxpayer dollars by addressing those 
challenges. Participants included GSA, OMB, GAO, and 
Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).

     FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE: ROLES, PROGRAMS AND COORDINATION

    On June 17, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable policy 
discussion to examine and discuss federal disaster assistance 
programs, the requirements and effectiveness of those programs, 
and coordination among various agencies and stakeholders. 
Participants included FEMA, the Corps, the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Transit 
Administration, GAO, and experts from state and local 
government.

 OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAXPAYER SAVINGS: FEDERALLY LEASED OFFICE SPACE IN 
                         GSA'S NORTHEAST REGION

    On June 23, 2015, the Subcommittee held a field roundtable 
policy discussion in New York, New York, to examine the unusual 
number of leases expiring in GSA's Northeast Region over the 
next five years, the status of replacement leases, and 
opportunities to reduce the amount of space and the costs to 
the taxpayer. Participants included GSA, DHS, SSA, and the IRS.

      WORKSHOP ON FLOOD MITIGATION AND THE COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM

    On September 2, 2015, the Subcommittee held a field 
workshop in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, to examine how local 
communities can implement flood mitigation measures and take 
advantage of the Community Rating System to reduce risk and 
loss and drive down costs. The workshop featured presentations 
from FEMA, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, 
Dauphin County, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township 
Supervisors, and SEDA-Council of Governments regarding their 
lessons learned, the resources available, and how to address 
challenges and limitations.

 EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: PREPARING FOR THE 
                                BIG ONE

    On September 22, 2015, the Committee held a field 
roundtable policy discussion in Eugene, Oregon, to discuss 
earthquake resiliency programs and efforts, the Shake Alert 
earthquake early warning system, and next steps for developing 
an offshore earthquake early warning system. Participants 
included representatives from FEMA, the United States 
Geological Service, NOAA, Oregon State University, and 
University of Oregon.

     SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY REDUCING FEDERAL OFFICE SPACE COSTS

    On March 1, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine and conduct oversight of major GSA construction 
projects funded or proposed to be funded from the GSA Federal 
Buildings Fund, GSA's authorities to carry out real estate 
transactions for the federal government, and options for 
reducing federal office space costs and saving taxpayer 
dollars. The hearing specifically reviewed the FBI Headquarters 
Consolidation, and the Federal Courthouse Construction Program. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Judicial Conference 
of the United States, GSA, FBI, and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer 
(D-MD).

 BLACKOUT! ARE WE PREPARED TO MANAGE THE AFTERMATH OF A CYBERATTACK OR 
                 OTHER FAILURE OF THE ELECTRICAL GRID?

    On April 14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
explore the risks, vulnerabilities and consequences of a 
prolonged, widespread power outage. The hearing was intended to 
clarify the primary federal roles, authorities and resources 
available to help communities after such a disaster, 
particularly at the local level, and to assess the efforts and 
coordination among the participants in the electrical power 
sector, including planning, preparedness and mitigation 
efforts, response and recovery capabilities, information 
sharing, and standards setting. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from FEMA, the Department of Energy, the Department 
of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs 
Directorate, CRS, the North American Electric Reliability 
Corporation, and a representative from the electrical industry.

      CONTROLLING THE RISING COST OF FEDERAL RESPONSES TO DISASTER

    On May 12, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to examine 
and discuss data related to disaster costs, the trends observed 
over time, and the projections for the future. The hearing 
surveyed current policies, including current federal disaster 
assistance programs and their requirements and effectiveness, 
and explored potential solutions and the principles that should 
be driving solutions to lower the overall costs of disasters 
and to help avoid devastating losses. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from FEMA, National Emergency Management Association, 
National Institute of Building Sciences, National Association 
of Counties, and the Build Strong Coalition.

 BORDER STATION CONSTRUCTION: MINIMIZING COSTS AND LEVERAGING PRIVATE 
                                DOLLARS

    On May 18, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to examine 
and conduct oversight of construction and upgrades at land 
ports of entry. The hearing focused on GSA's and CBP's current 
and planned land ports of entry projects authorized by the 
Committee, as well as how non-federal and private dollars can 
be leveraged, including through the Public-Private Partnership 
pilot program established in the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act of 2014. The Subcommittee heard testimony from GSA, DHS, 
the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors, and 
the Border Trade Alliance.

  INDEPENDENT LEASING AUTHORITIES: INCREASING OVERSIGHT AND REDUCING 
               COSTS OF SPACE LEASED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES

    On July 6, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to examine 
the GAO's report on federal agencies with leasing authorities 
independent of the GSA and the use and potential taxpayer 
benefits of options to purchase real estate negotiated in GSA 
lease agreements. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
GAO, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, GSA, and the 
Smithsonian Institution.

  AN EXAMINATION OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY'S LIMITED 
              ROLE IN LOCAL LAND USE DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS

    On September 21, 2016, the Committee held a hearing to 
examine FEMA's role and authorities under the National Flood 
Insurance Program, their impact on local land-use development 
decisions, and the national implications of those decisions. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from FEMA, the State of 
Oregon, and public and private stakeholders.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS LEASES: IS THE VA OVERPAYING FOR LEASED 
                          MEDICAL FACILITIES?

    On September 28, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the GAO's report on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 
leasing for health care facilities and alignment of its 
practices with those of the GSA. The hearing explored the 
findings of that report, the progress and timing on the VA 
lease prospectuses to be submitted to the Committee, and 
efforts to ensure the costs associated with the facilities are 
managed appropriately. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the GAO, the VA, and GSA.

                           Oversight Letters


  GSA'S SELECTIONS OF COURT FACILITIES AS RECIPIENTS OF RECOVERY ACT 
                                FUNDING

    On June 17, 2014, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) sent a letter to 
the Comptroller General asking to be included as a co-requester 
in a GAO review initiated by Committee on the Judiciary 
Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) on GSA's selections of court 
facilities as recipients of Recovery Act Funding. On March 16, 
2015 GAO released report GAO-15-307, titled ``GSA's Courthouse 
Projects Illustrate Opportunities to Improve Management 
Practices and Analyze Environmental Outcomes.''

             REVIEW OF FEDERAL DISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAMS

    On February 2, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Comptroller 
General asking to be included as co-requesters in a GAO review 
initiated by Senator Whitehouse and Senator Reed on federal 
disaster mitigation programs, specifically resilience efforts 
in Hurricane Sandy recovery, FEMA hazard mitigation efforts, 
and HUD's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief. On 
July 30, 2015 GAO released report GAO-15-515, titled ``An 
Investment Strategy Could Help the Federal Government Enhance 
National Resilience for Future Disasters.''

                GSA MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY

    On February 9, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA), and Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller requesting that the GAO review the 
GSA's management of federal real property assets. The letter 
asked for a review of the use of independent leasing 
authorities, lease-to-own options for federal buildings, and 
lower-cost alternatives for courthouse security. GAO responded 
to the request by initiating three separate reviews, two of 
which have been released. Report GAO-16-648, titled ``Actions 
Needed to Enhance Information on and Coordination among Federal 
Entities with Leasing Authority'' and report GAO-16-536R, 
titled ``Leases with Purchase Options Are Infrequently Used but 
May Provide Benefits'' were both released on July 6, 2016.

     PROVISIONS OF THE FY2016 HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    On March 25, 2015, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA), and Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a 
letter to Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland 
Security Chairman John R. Carter (R-TX) and Ranking Member 
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) regarding provisions of the fiscal 
year 2016 DHS Appropriations bill. The letter requested that 
the bill prohibit funding the Principal Federal Officer 
position during a Stafford Act declaration, and that the bill 
fund Emergency Management Performance Grant program at current 
levels.

                 DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS LEASING

    On April 9, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA), and Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN), and 
other Members sent a letter to the Comptroller General 
requesting that GAO review the VA' management of leased real 
property assets. On July 28, 2016 GAO released report GAO-16-
619, titled ``VA Real Property: Leasing Can Provide Flexibility 
to Meet Needs but VA Should Demonstrate the Benefits.''

               LEASING SUPPORT SERVICE DRAFT SOLICITATION

    On April 14, 2015, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA) sent a letter to the acting General Services 
Administrator requesting GSA increase transparency in the 
evaluation and award processes under the final Leasing Support 
Service solicitation.

                         CAPITAL CONCERTS AUDIT

    On September 8, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Committee on 
House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller requesting that the GAO audit all 
concerts hosted by Capital Concerts, Inc. in Capitol Buildings 
or on the Capitol Grounds for the previous three years. On 
October 25, 2016 GAO released report GAO-17-44, titled ``U.S. 
Capitol Grounds Concerts: Improvements Needed in Management 
Approval Controls over Certain Payments.''

            REVIEW OF FEMA'S PUBLIC ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM

    On December 15, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), and Senate Committee on Homeland 
Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and 
Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) sent a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting that GAO review FEMA's ability 
to effectively and efficiently administer the Public Assistance 
Grant Program, and what steps FEMA is taking to address program 
challenges.

            SOUTHEAST FEDERAL CENTER GROUND LEASE AGREEMENT

    On February 8, 2016, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) 
sent a letter to the Public Building Service Commissioner 
requesting clarification on ground lease agreements between GSA 
and Forest City Washington.

     PROVISIONS OF THE FY2017 HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    On March 23, 2016, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Andre Carson 
(D-IN) sent a letter to Committee on Appropriations, 
Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman John R. Carter (R-
TX) and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) regarding 
provisions of the fiscal year 2017 DHS Appropriations bill. The 
letter requested that the bill prohibit funding the Principal 
Federal Officer position during a Stafford Act declaration, and 
that the bill fund Emergency Management Performance Grant 
program at current levels.

                DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO TRIBES

    On April 18, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), sent a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that the GAO review how certain sections of 
the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 have affected Indian 
tribes.

                       Minority Oversight Letters


                         EARTHQUAKE MITIGATION

    On October 23, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller General asking to be included as co-
requester in a GAO review initiated by Senator Carper and 
Senator Feinstein on earthquake mitigation activities. On 
September 22, 2016 GAO released report GAO-16-680, titled 
``Earthquakes: Additional Actions Needed to Identify and 
Mitigate Risks to Federal Buildings and Implement An Early 
Warning System.''

                         GSA LEASE PROCUREMENT

    On October 20, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a 
letter to GSA Public Building Service Commissioner Norman Dong 
asking him to address how GSA was conducting a solicitation for 
a replacement lease for the Environmental Protection Agency's 
(EPA) office space in downtown Denver, Colorado and how the 
delineated area for the procurement may impact competition.

                   OLD POST OFFICE BUILDING OVERSIGHT

    On November 30, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) and 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member 
Elijah Cummings (D-MD, and Subcommittee on Government 
Operations Ranking Member Gerald Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter 
to GSA Administrator Roth regarding potential breach-of-lease 
and conflict of interest issues with the U.S. Government's 
lease with the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
    On December 14, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) and 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member 
Elijah Cummings (D-MD, and Subcommittee on Government 
Operations Ranking Member Gerald Connolly (D-VA) sent a follow-
up letter to GSA Administrator Roth regarding potential 
conflict of interest issues with the U.S. Government's lease 
with the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. and 
requesting additional documentation.

                      Oversight Within Legislation


      DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION 
                       ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015

    Section 2 of the Department of Homeland Security 
Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (P.L. 
114-150) requires the GAO to carry out an assessment of the 
cost and schedule estimates for the DHS headquarters 
consolidation project at St. Elizabeths, and report those 
findings to Congress within 90 days.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening 
Impacts and Speeding Recovery'' (January 27, 2015) Committee 
Serial Number 114-2
    Hearing entitled ``Pacific Northwest Seismic Hazards: 
Planning and Preparing for the Next Disaster'' (May 19, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-18
    Hearing entitled ``Saving Taxpayer Dollars in Federal Real 
Estate: Reducing the Government's Space Footprint'' (June 16, 
2015) Committee Serial Number 114-22
    Hearing entitled ``Saving Taxpayer Dollars by Reducing 
Federal Office Space Costs'' (March 1, 2016) Committee Serial 
Number 114-36
    Hearing entitled ``Blackout! Are We Prepared to Manage the 
Aftermath of a Cyberattack or Other Failure of the Electrical 
Grid?'' (April 14, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-39
    Hearing entitled ``Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal 
Responses to Disaster'' (May 12, 2016) Committee Serial Number 
114-40
    Hearing entitled ``Border Station Construction: Minimizing 
Costs and Leveraging Private Dollars'' (May 18, 2016) Committee 
Serial Number 114-42
    Hearing entitled ``Independent Leasing Authorities: 
Increasing Oversight and Reducing Costs of Space Leased by 
Federal Agencies'' (July 6, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-
47
    Hearing entitled ``Department of Veterans Affairs Leases: 
Is the VA Overpaying for Leased Medical Facilities?'' 
(September 28, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-54
                  SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


  SAM GRAVES, Missouri, Chairman
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
     Columbia, Ranking Member

JERROLD NADLER, New York             DON YOUNG, Alaska
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR., Tennessee
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               JOHN L. MICA, Florida
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              FRANK A. LOBIONDO, New Jersey
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           DUNCAN HUNTER, California
JANICE HAHN, California=  ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          Arkansas
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       BOB GIBBS, Ohio
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               JEFF DENHAM, California
JARED HUFFMAN, California            REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
JULIA BROWNLEY, California           THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            ROB WOODALL, Georgia
PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon (ex officio)JOHN KATKO, New York
                                     BRIAN BABIN, Texas
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     RYAN A. COSTELLO, Pennsylvania
                                     GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana
                                     MIMI WALTERS, California
                                     BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

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=Janice Hahn resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives 
on December 4, 2016.

                         Legislative Activities


 To Provide An Extension of Federal-Aid Highway, Highway Safety, Motor 
 Carrier Safety, Transit, and Other Programs Funded Out of the Highway 
                   Trust Fund, and for Other Purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-21 (H.R. 2353)

    To provide an extension of federal-aid highway, highway 
safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs 
funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 2353 extends federal surface transportation programs 
through July 31, 2015.

Legislative History

    On May 15, 2015, H.R. 2353 was introduced by Committee 
Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On May 19, 2015, H.R. 2353 was considered under the 
provision of rule H. Res. 271.
    On May 19, 2015, the House passed H.R. 2353 by 387-35-1 
(Roll No. 249).
    On May 20, 2015, H.R. 2353 was received in the Senate.
    On May 23, 2015, H.R. 2353 passed the Senate by voice vote.
    On May 26, 2015, H.R. 2353 was presented to the President.
    On May 29, 2015, H.R. 2353 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-21.

        Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 3038)

    To provide an extension of federal-aid highway, highway 
safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs 
funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3038 provides a transfer from the General Fund of the 
United States Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund and extends 
federal surface transportation programs through December 18, 
2015.

Legislative History

    On July 13, 2015, H.R. 3038 was introduced by Congressman 
Paul Ryan (R-WI).
    On July 15, 2015, H.R. 3038 was considered under the 
provision of rule H. Res. 362 and passed the House by 312-119 
(Roll No. 441).
    On July 16, 2015, H.R. 3038 was received in the Senate, 
read the first time, and placed on the Senate Legislative 
Calendar.

Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act 
                                of 2015


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-41 (H.R. 3236)

    To provide an extension of federal-aid highway, highway 
safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs 
funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource 
flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health 
care services, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3236 provides a transfer from the General Fund of the 
United States Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund and extends 
federal surface transportation programs through October 29, 
2015.

Legislative History

    On July 28, 2015, H.R. 3236 was introduced by Congressman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On July 29, 2015, H.R. 3236 was considered under the 
provision of rule H. Res. 388 and passed the House by 385-34-1 
(Roll No. 486).
    On July 30, 2015, H.R. 3236 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without 
amendment by 91-4 (Record Vote No. 261) (consideration CR 
S6165-6166).
    On July 31, 2015, H.R. 3236 was presented to the President 
and signed, becoming Public Law 114-41.

To Designate the ``PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway'' 
                         in the State of Texas


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-49 (H.R. 2559)

    To designate the ``PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor 
Memorial Highway'' in the State of Texas.

Summary

    The segment of Interstate Route 10 between milepost 535 and 
milepost 545 at Kendall County, Texas, shall now be the ``PFC 
Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway''.

Legislative History

    On May 21, 2015, H.R. 2559 was introduced by Congressman 
Lamar Smith (R-TX).
    On June 15, 2015, H.R. 2559 was considered under the 
suspension of the rules.
    On June 15, 2015, the House passed H.R. 2559 by 389-0 (Roll 
No. 365).
    On June 16, 2015, H.R. 2559 was received in the Senate.
    On August 5, 2015, H.R. 2559 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On August 6, 2015, H.R. 2559 was presented to the 
President.
    On August 7, 2015, the bill was signed, becoming Public Law 
114-49.

              Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-73 (H.R. 3819)

    To provide an extension of federal-aid highway, highway 
safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs 
funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3819 extends federal surface transportation programs 
through November 20, 2015.

Legislative History

    On October 23, 2015, H.R. 3819 was introduced by 
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On October 27, 2015, H.R. 3819 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On October 28, 2015, H.R. 3819 passed the Senate without 
amendment by voice vote.
    On October 29, 2015, H.R. 3819 was presented to the 
President and signed, becoming Public Law 114-73.

         Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, Part II


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-87 (H.R. 3996)

    To provide an extension of federal-aid highway, highway 
safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs 
funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3996 extends federal surface transportation programs 
through December 4, 2015.

Legislative History

    On November 16, 2015, H.R. 3996 was introduced by 
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On November 16, 2015, H.R. 3996 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On November 19, 2015, H.R. 3996 passed the Senate without 
amendment by voice vote.
    On November 19, 2015, H.R. 3996 was presented to the 
President.
    On November 20, 2015, H.R. 3996 was signed by the 
President, becoming Public Law 114-87.

         Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (Fast Act)


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-94 (H.R. 22/H.R. 3763)

    To authorize funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety 
programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3763 authorizes funds for federal surface 
transportation programs for fiscal years 2016-2020.

Legislative History

    On October 20, 2015, H.R. 3763 was introduced Congressman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On October 22, 2015, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 3763 reported, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On October 29, 2015, H.R. 3763 was reported (H. Rept. 114-
318), and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 241).
    On July 30, 2015, H.R. 22 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by 65-34 (Record Vote No. 260).
    On November 3, 2015, the Senate amendment to H.R. 22 was 
considered in the House pursuant to H. Res. 507 and rule XVII.
    On November 5, 2015, the House agreed to the amendments en 
gros (including text of H.R. 3763) by 363-64 (Roll No. 623) and 
the Speaker appointed the following conferees: from the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Shuster, Duncan 
of Tennessee, Graves of Missouri, Miller of Michigan, Crawford, 
Barletta, Farenthold, Gibbs, Denham, Ribble, Perry, Woodall, 
Katko, Babin, Hardy, Graves of Louisiana, DeFazio, Norton, 
Nadler, Brown of Florida, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, 
Cummings, Larsen of Washington, Capuano, Napolitano, Lipinski, 
Cohen, and Sires.
    On November 10, 2015, the Senate disagreed to the House 
amendment to the Senate amendment and agreed to a conference 
and appointed conferees: Inhofe, Thune, Hatch, Murkowski, 
Fischer, Barrasso, Cornyn, Boxer, Brown, Nelson, Wyden, Durbin, 
and Schumer.
    On November 17, 2015, the Speaker appointed additional 
conferees:
    From the Committee on Armed Services: Thornberry, Rogers 
(AL), and Sanchez, Loretta.
    From the Committee on Energy and Commerce: Upton, Mullin, 
and Pallone.
    From the Committee on Financial Services: Hensarling, 
Neugebauer, and Waters, Maxine.
    From the Committee on the Judiciary: Goodlatte, Marino, and 
Lofgren.
    From the Committee on Natural Resources: Thompson (PA), 
LaHood, and Grijalva.
    From the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: 
Mica, Hurd (TX), and Connolly.
    From the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Smith 
(TX), Comstock, and Edwards.
    From the Committee on Ways and Means: Brady (TX), Reichert, 
and Levin.
    On November 18, 2015, the House and Senate held a formal 
conference meeting and Chairman Shuster was nominated as Chair 
of the conference.
    On December 1, 2015, the conference report (H. Conf. Rept. 
114-357) was filed.
    On December 3, 2015, the conference report was considered 
under the provision of rule H. Res. 546 and the House agreed to 
the conference report by 359-65 (Roll No. 673).
    On December 3, 2015, the Senate agreed to the conference 
report by 83-16 (Record Vote No. 331).
    On December 4, 2015, H.R. 22 was presented to the President 
and was signed, becoming Public Law 114-94.

To Direct the Secretary of Transportation To Provide to the Appropriate 
Committees of Congress Advance Notice of Certain Announcements, and for 
                             Other Purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-322 (H.R. 5977)

                    ENACTED AS PART OF THE WIIN ACT

Summary

    This bill requires DOT to provide the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure and certain Senate committees 
with at least three days advance notice prior to announcing 
grant awards and credit assistance for transportation projects.

Legislative History

    On September 9, 2016, H.R. 5977 was introduced by 
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On September 14, 2016, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 5977 reported by voice vote.
    On September 19, 2016, H.R. 5977 was reported by the 
Committee (H. Rept. 114-753) and placed on the Union Calendar 
(Calendar No. 585).
    On September 21, 2016, H.R. 5977 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by recorded vote: 424-1 
(Roll No. 539).
    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 5977 was received in the 
Senate.
    On December 8, 2016, the House passed S. 612, which 
included the text of H.R. 5977, by 360-61 (Roll No. 622).
    On December 10, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House 
amendment to S. 612 by 78-21 (Roll No. 163).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 612 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 612 was signed by the President 
becoming Public Law 114-322.

     Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1694)

Summary

    This bill amends the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st 
Century Act (MAP-21) to revise the requirement that ten percent 
of the award of contracts for federal-aid highway, federal 
public transportation, and highway safety research and 
development programs be set-aside for small businesses owned 
and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged 
individuals. This bill modifies this set-aside to includes 
veteran-owned small businesses.

Legislative History

    On March 26, 2015, H.R. 1694 was introduced by Congressman 
Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
    On November 17, 2015, H.R. 1694 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to by recorded vote: 285-138 
(Roll No. 631).
    On November 18, 2015, H.R. 1694 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION BILL: LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR 
             U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION, PART I

    On February 11, 2015, the Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the 
Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation, Part I.'' 
The purpose of the hearing was to examine the reauthorization 
of federal surface transportation programs. The Committee heard 
testimony from DOT.

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION BILL: LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR 
             U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION, PART II

    On March 17, 2015, the Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the 
Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation, Part 
II.'' The purpose of the hearing was to further examine the 
reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. The 
Committee heard testimony from representatives of the National 
Governors Association, the American Association of State 
Highway and Transportation Officials, and the National League 
of Cities.

   THE FUTURE OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY: TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY 
            INITIATIVES, AND THE ROLE OF FEDERAL REGULATION

    On April 29, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled 
``The Future of Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety: Technology, 
Safety Initiatives, and the Role of Federal Regulation.'' The 
purpose of the hearing was to review the status of commercial 
motor vehicle safety. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
representatives of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers 
Association, the American Trucking Associations, the Commercial 
Vehicle Safety Alliance, the United Motorcoach Association, and 
the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

           MEETING THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF RURAL AMERICA

    On June 24, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled 
``Meeting the Transportation Needs of Rural America.'' The 
purpose of the hearing was to review the status of rural 
transportation needs. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
representatives of the American Association of State Highway 
and Transportation Officials, the National Association of 
Counties, The Fertilizer Institute, the Soy Transportation 
Coalition, and the American Bus Association.

         IMPLEMENTING MOTOR CARRIER PROVISIONS OF THE FAST ACT

    On April 13, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion entitled ``Implementing Motor Carrier Provisions of 
the FAST Act.'' The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss 
the implementation of the motor carrier provisions in the 
Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The 
Subcommittee heard from representatives of the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), American Trucking 
Associations, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, 
Greyhound Lines, Inc., Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and 
the Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety.

      IMPROVING THE SAFETY AND RELIABILITY OF THE WASHINGTON METRO

    On May 24, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled 
``Improving the Safety and Reliability of the Washington 
Metro.'' The purpose of the hearing was to examine the current 
state of the Washington Metro system. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), John Delaney 
(D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and representatives of the 
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Federal 
Transit Administration (FTA), and the Metropolitan Washington 
Council of Governments.

         IMPLEMENTING THE INNOVATION PROVISIONS OF THE FAST ACT

    On June 9, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion entitled ``Implementing the Innovation Provisions of 
the FAST Act.'' The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss 
the implementation of the innovation provisions of the FAST 
Act. The Subcommittee heard from representatives of Michigan's 
Department of Transportation, Cubic Corporation, the Alliance 
of Automobile Manufacturers, and the Los Angeles County 
Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

              IMPACT OF THE FAST ACT'S FREIGHT PROVISIONS

    On September 22, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion entitled the ``Impact of the FAST Act's Freight 
Provisions.'' The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss the 
impact of the freight provisions in the FAST Act. The 
Subcommittee heard from representatives of Pennsylvania's 
Department of Transportation, the Maryland Port Administration, 
Smithfield Foods, Jet Express, Inc., and Amazon.

GETTING SMART ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR 
                     TRANSPORTATION TRANSFORMATION

    On December 6, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion entitled ``Getting Smart on Autonomous Vehicles: 
Opportunities and Challenges for Transportation 
Transformation.'' The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss 
the impact and challenges of autonomous vehicle technology on 
the Nation's transportation system. The Subcommittee heard from 
representatives of DOT, the City of Pittsburgh, the American 
Trucking Associations, Self-Driving Coalition for Safer 
Streets, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

                           Oversight Letters


                  NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

    On October 3, 2013, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 
Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI), Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton 
(D-DC) transmitted a letter to the Comptroller General 
requesting that the GAO study the coordination of non-emergency 
medical transportation. On January 9, 2015, the GAO released 
its report (GAO-15-110). The report provided recommendations on 
how the coordination of these activities can be improved.

   FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION HOURS OF SERVICE RULE

    On March 31, 2014, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Highways and Transit Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI) wrote a letter 
to the Comptroller General requesting the GAO review the 
FMCSA's study on its final rule making changes to regulations 
governing hours of service (HOS) for truck drivers. On July 29, 
2015, the GAO released its review (GAO-15-641). The GAO found 
FMCSA's conclusion in the study about the extent to which crash 
risk is reduced by the HOS rule may be overstated because the 
agency did not completely meet certain research standards.

     USE OF INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS BY TRANSIT AGENCIES

    On January 7, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that GAO study the use of Intelligent 
Transportation Systems (ITS) applications by transit agencies. 
On June 21, 2016 GAO released report GAO-16-638 titled 
``Intelligent Transportation Systems: Urban and Rural Transit 
Providers Reported Benefits but Face Deployment Challenges.''

                  COMPREHENSIVE TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT

    On March 25, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote a letter to 
the DOT requesting a timeline and expected completion date for 
the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study that was required 
by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-
21). In April 2016, the FHWA released its Final Comprehensive 
Truck Size and Weight Study required by MAP-21. The study did 
not include any recommended changes to current law governing 
truck size and weight due to a lack of sufficient data on the 
impacts of increased truck size and weight on infrastructure 
and safety.

                         FTA RESILIENCY GRANTS

    On May 27, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Highways 
and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member 
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that GAO review FTA's application evaluation 
and selection processes for resiliency grant recipients of the 
Emergency Relief Program.

                      MAP-21 BRIDGE SAFETY CHANGES

    On May 27, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Highways 
and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member 
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that GAO review how the Federal Highway 
Administration (FHWA) and states are implementing changes made 
by MAP-21 to bridge projects in terms of how they are managed, 
funded, and prioritized. On November 30, 2015 GAO released 
report GAO-16-72R titled ``Transportation Infrastructure: 
Information on Bridge Conditions.'' On September 14, 2016 GAO 
released a second report, GAO-16-779, titled ``Highway Bridges: 
Linking Funding to Conditions May Help Demonstrate Impact of 
Federal Investment.''

       MEDICAL CERTIFICATION FOR VETERAN MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS

    On April 6, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) along with 
Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Representative Timothy J. 
Walz (D-MN) wrote a letter to the FMCSA requesting an update to 
the implementation of section 5403 that was required by the 
FAST Act.

                IMPLEMENTATION OF INNOVATION PROVISIONS

    On July 12, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) along with 
Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) wrote a letter to the DOT to 
reiterate the congressional intent of the innovation provisions 
that were included in the FAST Act.

                PERFORMANCE MEASURE ON GREENHOUSE GASES

    On August 18, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) along with 30 House 
Members wrote a letter to the DOT to request a performance 
measure on greenhouses gases be excluded from the final rule on 
``National Performance Management Measures; Assessing 
Performance of the National Highway System, Congestion 
Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and Freight 
Movement on the Interstate System.''

   METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION COORDINATION AND PLANNING AREA 
                                 REFORM

    On August 24, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Highways 
and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member 
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), wrote a letter to the DOT to urge 
alteration or withdrawal of the proposed rule on ``Metropolitan 
Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform.''

                GORDIE HOWE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE PROJECT

    On October 3, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote a letter to 
the FHWA to request an update on the status of the Gordie Howe 
International Bridge project in Detroit, Michigan.

                       Minority Oversight Letters


                          TRIBAL SCHOOL ROUTES

    On August 5, 2015, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
along with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), wrote a letter 
to the Comptroller General requesting that GAO study the 
condition of school routes in Indian country and investigate 
the impact of unpaved Indian roads on school attendance.

           REVENUES FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

    On October 9, 2015, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that the President 
only agree to repeal the oil export ban if Congress agrees to 
include a user fee that generates revenue needed for surface 
transportation infrastructure. Ranking Member DeFazio proposed 
a small fee on a barrel of oil to preserve the user pay 
principle of highway funding.

             DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR TRIBAL AFFAIRS

    On January 4, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that the President 
appoint a qualified individual to serve as DOT's first Deputy 
Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Tribal Affairs. On May 12, 2016, 
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx wrote to Ranking Member DeFazio to 
inform him that Kenneth Martin, an enrolled member of Bad River 
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, had been appointed 
DOT's DAS for Tribal Affairs.

      SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FUNDING ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM 
                             IMPLEMENTATION

    On January 7, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
and Highways and Transit Subcommittee Ranking Member Eleanor 
Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote a letter to the DOT urging the 
Department to make the Surface Transportation System Funding 
Alternatives program a priority as they implement the FAST Act. 
This program provides grants to States to demonstrate user-
based alternative revenue mechanisms that utilize a user fee 
structure to maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway 
Trust Fund.

                              BUY AMERICA

    On March 17, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
wrote a letter to the Federal Transit Administration to urge a 
review of Buy America regulations under 49 CFR 661 to ensure 
these regulations accurately reflect the Congressional intent 
of Buy America.

                  TERRITORIAL HIGHWAY PROGRAM FORMULA

    On March 18, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
wrote a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Highway 
Administration (FHWA) to seek additional information on the 
allocation formula used by FHWA to distribute funding under the 
Territorial Highway Program.

                        LIFE CYCLE COST ANALYSIS

    On July 11, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman 
James Inhofe (R-OK) wrote a letter to the Administrator of the 
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to express support for 
consideration of project-level life-cycle cost analysis as FHWA 
develops a State Asset Management Plan rulemaking in accordance 
with Section 1106 of MAP-21.

            5.9 GHZ WIRELESS SPECTRUM FOR CONNECTED VEHICLES

    On July 20, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
wrote a letter to both the Department of Transportation (DOT) 
and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging them to 
align Administration priorities around safety before 
establishing rules for the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum and the 
use of Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) in connected 
vehicles.

   MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVERS WITH 
                                DIABETES

    On October 5, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) 
wrote a letter to the Administrator of the FMCSA urging the 
agency to complete its rulemaking regarding medical 
qualifications for commercial motor vehicle drivers with 
insulin-treated diabetes.

    FUNDING FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS UNDER A CONTINUING 
                               RESOLUTION

    On November 28, 2016, Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-
OR), Highways & Transit Subcommittee Ranking Member Eleanor 
Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Railroads, Pipelines, & Hazardous 
Materials Subcommittee Member Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) sent a 
letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee 
and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban 
Development urging that a Continuing Resolution provide funding 
for highway, highway safety, and public transportation programs 
at the FY 2017 levels provided by the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST Act).

   WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (WMATA) PRIAA FUNDS

    On November 28, 2016, Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR), 
Subcommittee Ranking Member Norton, Oversight and Government 
Reform Committee Ranking Member Cummings, and Subcommittee 
Ranking Member Connelly wrote a letter to the leadership of the 
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing 
and Urban Development objecting to their fiscal year (FY) 2017 
House report language that incorrectly implies that the 
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is 
misspending federal funds authorized by the Passenger Rail 
Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA).

                      Oversight Within Legislation


                    CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM

    Section 20008 of MAP-21 (P.L. 112-141) required the 
Comptroller General to undertake a biennial review of FTA's 
implementation of the federal Capital Investment Grant Program, 
known as the New Starts Program. On April 28, 2016, the GAO 
publically released its report (GAO-16-495). The GAO found that 
FTA has implemented most of the key changes that MAP-21 made to 
this Program.

                       FASTLANE GRANT ASSESSMENT

    Section 1105 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) directs the 
Comptroller General to complete an assessment of the process 
and criteria used to award competitive grants under the 
Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, 
known as FASTLANE program. The report is due by September 8, 
2017.

               ALIGNMENT OF FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS

    Section 1313 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) directs the DOT 
OIG to complete a report on progress made by DOT and other 
federal agencies in coordinating environmental reviews and the 
impact of coordination on accelerating the environmental review 
and permitting process. The report is due by December 4, 2018.

        ASSESSMENT OF PROGRESS ON ACCELERATING PROJECT DELIVERY

    Section 1318 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) directs the 
Comptroller General to complete an assessment of the progress 
made as a result of provisions in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (P.L. 
109-59; SAFETEA-LU), MAP-21, and the FAST Act in accelerating 
project delivery by streamlining the environmental review and 
permitting process. The assessment is to include 
recommendations for additional opportunities to streamline the 
process, including both regulatory and statutory changes, and 
best practices of other agencies that DOT should consider 
adopting. The report is due by December 4, 2017.

             HIGHWAY TRUST FUND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENDITURES

    Section 1433 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) directed the 
Comptroller General to submit a report on the administrative 
expenses of the FHWA funded from the Highway Trust Fund. On 
June 24, 2016, the GAO published its report (GAO-16-631). The 
GAO found that FHWA has effectively designed internal controls 
related to general operating expenses and has limited 
flexibility to reallocate administrative funds between 
operating expenses and certain other functions. Section 1433 
also directs the Comptroller General to submit a follow-up 
report within five years after the first report is completed 
and every five years thereafter.

       EFFECTIVENESS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CHANGES AND FUNDING

    Section 3027 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the 
Comptroller General to examine and evaluate the impacts of MAP-
21 on federal funding for certain public transportation 
programs. This review is due by June 4, 2017.

           COMPLIANCE, SAFETY, ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM REFORM

    Section 5221 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires 
National Academies to complete a study of the FMCSA's 
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program by June 4, 
2017. Not later than October 4, 2017, the Administrator of the 
FMCSA is required to submit to the Committee a corrective 
action plan outlining how the agency will respond to 
deficiencies and opportunities for improvement in the CSA 
Program. Finally, the DOT OIG is required to review the extent 
to which the corrective action plan is responsive to 
recommendations in the study and report its findings by 
February 4, 2018.

           MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REPORTING SYSTEM FEASIBILITY

    Section 5303 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the 
Comptroller General to report on the cost and feasibility of 
establishing a self-reporting system for commercial motor 
vehicle drivers or motor carriers with respect to en route 
equipment failures. On December 2, 2016, GAO published its 
(GAO-17-132) The GAO found that FMCSA has the statutory and 
regulatory authority to create a self-reporting system for 
commercial motor vehicle drivers or motor carriers, but such a 
system may not necessarily yield safety benefits and the costs 
to create it are unknown.

                        DELAYS IN GOODS MOVEMENT

    Section 5501 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the DOT 
IG to report on the average length of time that operators of 
commercial motor vehicles are delayed before the loading and 
unloading of such vehicles and at other points in the pick-up 
and delivery process. The report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

  FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS

    Section 5504 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the 
Comptroller General to conduct a study of the FMCSA's 
information technology and data collection and management 
systems. The study is required to be conducted by June 4, 2017.

                      REVIEW OF SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

    Section 5511 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the 
Comptroller General to report on the safety of school bus 
operations. The report is expected in the 115th Congress.

         STATUS OF AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY

    Section 6025 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the 
Comptroller General to assess the status of autonomous 
transportation technology policies developed by public entities 
in the United States; assess the organizational readiness of 
DOT to address autonomous vehicle technology challenges; and 
make recommendations for implementation of such policies. The 
report is due by December 4, 2017.

           REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Section 9001 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94) requires the 
Comptroller General to review the compliance of the National 
Surface Transportation and Innovative Finance Bureau with the 
requirements for reviewing applications. The report is due by 
December 4, 2018.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``The Future of Commercial Motor Vehicle 
Safety: Technology, Safety Initiatives, and the Role of Federal 
Regulation'' (April 29, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-15
    Hearing entitled ``Meeting the Transportation Needs of 
Rural America'' (June 24, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-24
    Hearing entitled ``Improving the Safety and Reliability of 
the Washington Metro'' (May 24, 2016) Committee Serial Number 
114-43
     SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS, PIPELINES, AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


 JEFF DENHAM, California, Chairman
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts, 
          Ranking Member

CORRINE BROWN, Florida               JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            JOHN L. MICA, Florida
JERROLD NADLER, New York             SAM GRAVES, Missouri
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
RICK LARSEN, Washington              LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      TODD ROKITA, Indiana
JANICE HAHN, California*  JOHN KATKO, New York
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon (ex officio)BRIAN BABIN, Texas
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     MIMI WALTERS, California
                                     LEE M. ZELDIN, New York
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

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*Janice Hahn resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives 
on December 4, 2016.

                         Legislative Activities


              Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-73 (H.R. 3819)

    To provide an extension of federal-aid highway, highway 
safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs 
funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3819 included provisions to extend the deadline for 
installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on rail 
routes carrying passengers or poisonous or toxic-by-inhalation 
hazardous materials from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 
2018. At the discretion of the Secretary of Transportation, the 
deadline may be extended for individual railroads for up to two 
additional years. The Act requires each railroad carrier to 
report annually to DOT on its progress toward implementing PTC 
systems.

Legislative History

    On October 23, 2015, H.R. 3819 was introduced by 
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On October 27, 2015, H.R. 3819 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On October 28, 2015, H.R. 3819 passed the Senate without 
amendment by voice vote.
    On October 29, 2015, H.R. 3819 was presented to the 
President and signed, becoming Public Law 114-73.

     Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015


          Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-94 (H.R. 3763/H.R. 22)

    To authorize funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety 
programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.

Summary

    The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 
(FAST Act) reauthorizes the Nation's surface transportation 
infrastructure, including our roads, bridges, transit systems, 
and rail transportation network for the next five years. The 
bill reforms and strengthens transportation programs, refocuses 
on national priorities, provides long-term certainty and more 
flexibility for states and local governments, streamlines 
project approval processes, and maintains a strong commitment 
to safety. The FAST Act contained, the Passenger Rail Reform 
and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA 2015), in Title XI, and the 
Hazardous Material Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 
2015, in Title VII. Additionally, Title III of the FAST Act 
provided $199 million from the Mass Transit Account of the 
Highway Trust Fund for grants to public transit agencies and 
state and local governments to assist them with the costs of 
installing PTC.
    Title XI of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act 
of 2015 (FAST), the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 
2015 (PRRIA 2015), reauthorized Amtrak, Amtrak's Office of the 
Inspector General, and the NEC Commission through fiscal year 
2020. It also authorized a new grant program for federal-state 
partnerships to bring the NEC back to a state-of-good-repair. 
PRRIA 2015 fundamentally changed the authorization structure of 
Amtrak by providing funding by service--the NEC and National 
Network--rather than providing separate grants for operating 
and capital/debt service activities. All costs and revenues of 
the company must be allocated to the newly created accounts. 
The Act also reformed Amtrak's operations, budgeting, and 
planning processes to reflect the lines-of-business approach, 
and provided new procedures for Amtrak to follow when preparing 
and submitting a request for federal grants. Similarly, PRRIA 
2015 required Amtrak's accounting to be more transparent. PRRIA 
2015 also significantly advanced the efforts of the NEC 
Commission by empowering it to act as a true planner and 
convener of the states, commuter railroads, and Amtrak. 
Additionally, PRRIA 2015 reformed Amtrak's food and beverage 
service, made significant changes to reform the Railroad 
Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program, 
and allowed for more private sector participation in stations, 
rights-of-way, and operations.
    PRIIA 2015 also contained provisions to improve freight and 
passenger rail safety, including requiring all states to 
develop highway-rail grade crossing safety action plans; 
requiring carriers to ensure compliance with speed limits on 
curves and bridges and in tunnels; requiring the Secretary to 
evaluate track inspection regulations on high-density commuter 
rail lines; and requiring intercity passenger and commuter 
railroads to install audio and image recording devices.
    The Hazardous Material Transportation Safety Improvement 
Act of 2015, enacted as Title VII of the FAST Act, reauthorized 
the hazardous materials safety program administered by PHMSA. 
The Act included a number of provisions to enhance the safety 
of hazardous materials transportation, with a significant focus 
on the transportation of flammable liquids, including crude 
oil, and ethanol, by rail. The Act requires all new tank cars 
to be equipped with thermal blankets and protection for top 
fittings; mandates that all DOT-111 tank cars in flammable 
liquids service be retrofitted in accordance with new DOT 
standards; requires railroads to provide states and local 
emergency responders with advanced notification and information 
on high-hazard flammable trains; and authorizes grant funding 
to assist communities in preparing for and responding to 
hazardous materials incidents. The Act also directs GAO to 
conduct an evaluation of Electronic Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) 
brake systems and directs the Department of Transportation, 
through the National Academy of Sciences, to conduct tests of 
ECP brake systems.

Legislative History

    On October 20, 2015, H.R. 3763 was introduced by 
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On October 22, 2015, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 3763 reported, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On October 29, 2015, H.R. 3763 was reported to the House 
(H. Rept. 114-318), and was placed on the Union Calendar 
(Calendar No. 241).
    On July 30, 2015, H.R. 22 passed the Senate with an 
amendment by 65-34 (Record Vote No. 260).
    On November 3, 2015, the Senate amendment to H.R. 22 was 
considered in the House pursuant to H. Res. 507 and rule XVII.
    On November 5, 2015, the House agreed to the amendments en 
gros (including text of H.R. 3763) by 363-64 (Roll No. 623) and 
the Speaker appointed the following conferees: from the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Shuster, Duncan 
of Tennessee, Graves of Missouri, Miller of Michigan, Crawford, 
Barletta, Farenthold, Gibbs, Denham, Ribble, Perry, Woodall, 
Katko, Babin, Hardy, Graves of Louisiana, DeFazio, Norton, 
Nadler, Brown of Florida, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, 
Cummings, Larsen of Washington, Capuano, Napolitano, Lipinski, 
Cohen, and Sires.
    On November 10, 2015, the Senate disagreed to the House 
amendment to the Senate amendment and agreed to a conference 
and appointed conferees: Inhofe, Thune, Hatch, Murkowski, 
Fischer, Barrasso, Cornyn, Boxer, Brown, Nelson, Wyden, Durbin, 
and Schumer.
    On November 17, 2015, the Speaker appointed additional 
conferees:
    From the Committee on Armed Services: Thornberry, Rogers 
(AL), and Sanchez, Loretta.
    From the Committee on Energy and Commerce: Upton, Mullin, 
and Pallone.
    From the Committee on Financial Services: Hensarling, 
Neugebauer, and Waters, Maxine.
    From the Committee on the Judiciary: Goodlatte, Marino, and 
Lofgren.
    From the Committee on Natural Resources: Thompson (PA), 
LaHood, and Grijalva.
    From the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: 
Mica, Hurd (TX), and Connolly.
    From the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Smith 
(TX), Comstock, and Edwards.
    From the Committee on Ways and Means: Brady (TX), Reichert, 
and Levin.
    On November 18, 2015, the House and Senate held a formal 
conference meeting and Chairman Shuster was nominated as Chair 
of the conference.
    On December 1, 2015, the conference report (H. Conf. Rept. 
114-357) was filed.
    On December 3, 2015, the conference report was considered 
under the provision of rule H. Res. 546 and the House agreed to 
the conference report by 359-65 (Roll No. 673).
    On December 3, 2015, the Senate agreed to the conference 
report by 83-16 (Record Vote No. 331).
    On December 4, 2015, H.R. 22 was presented to the President 
and was signed, becoming Public Law 114-94.

            Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015


       PUBLIC LAW 114-94 (H.R. 749)--ENACTED AS PART OF FAST ACT

    To reauthorize federal support for passenger rail programs, 
and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 749, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 
2015 (PRRIA 2015), reauthorized Amtrak, Amtrak's Office of the 
Inspector General, and the NEC Commission through fiscal year 
2020. PRRIA 2015 fundamentally changed the authorization 
structure of Amtrak by providing funding by service--the NEC 
and National Network--rather than providing separate grants for 
operating and capital/debt service activities. All costs and 
revenues of the company must be allocated to the newly created 
accounts. Funds may be transferred between accounts upon 
notification to the Amtrak Board of Directors. The Act also 
reformed Amtrak's operations, budgeting, and planning processes 
to reflect the lines-of-business approach, and provided new 
procedures for Amtrak to follow when preparing and submitting a 
request for federal grants. Similarly, PRRIA 2015 required 
Amtrak's accounting to be more transparent. PRRIA 2015 also 
significantly advanced the efforts of the NEC Commission by 
empowering it to act as a true planner and convener of the 
states, commuter railroads, and Amtrak. PRRIA 2015 reformed 
Amtrak's food and beverage service, made significant changes to 
the RRIF loan program, and allowed for more private sector 
participation in stations, rights-of-way, and operations.

Legislative History

    On February 5, 2015, H.R. 749 was introduced by Congressman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On February 12, 2015, the Committee met in open markup 
session with a quorum present and ordered H.R. 749 report by 
voice vote.
    On February 26, 2015, H.R. 749 was reported (H. Rept. 114-
30) and placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 20).
    On March 4, 2015, H.R. 749 was considered under a rule and 
passed, as amended, by 316-101 (Roll No. 112).
    On March 9, 2015, H.R. 749 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation.
    Many of the provisions of H.R. 749 were incorporated in 
Title XI of the FAST Act, P.L. 114-94 (H.R. 22).

                          RESPONSE Act of 2016


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-321 (S. 546)

Summary

    The RESPONSE Act establishes a temporary subcommittee under 
the FEMA's National Advisory Council to provide recommendations 
and advice regarding emergency responder training related to 
hazardous materials incidents involving railroads. The 
subcommittee is composed of members from various government 
agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration, 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and 
FEMA. Additionally, the subcommittee will include non-
governmental members, including those from effected industries, 
technical experts, and emergency responder training providers. 
The subcommittee will recommend improvement to emergency 
responder training. The RESPONSE Act requires subcommittee 
review of emergency responder training, including access to 
training challenges to obtaining appropriate training course 
content related to rail hazardous materials incidents; 
strategies to integrate data regarding the flow of hazardous 
materials by rail and other relevant data.

Legislative History

    On February 24, 2016, S. 546 was introduced by Senator 
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
    On March 4, 2015, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs met in open markup session and ordered 
S. 546 report by voice vote, as amended.
    On July 21, 2015, S. 546 was reported (S. Rept. 114-85) and 
placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under Orders 
(Calendar No. 155).
    On May 9, 2016, S. 546 passed the Senate with an amendment 
by unanimous consent.
    On May 10, 2016, S. 546 was received in the House and 
referred to the Committee.
    On September 14, 2016, the Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered S. 546 reported by voice vote with an 
amendment.
    On November 14, 2016, S. 546 was reported to the House (H. 
Rept. 114-808), and was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar 
No. 632).
    On November 29, 2016, S. 546 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    December 10, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House amendment 
and pass S. 546 by unanimous consent.
    On December 14, 2016, S. 546 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 546 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-321.

        Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015


                      PUBLIC LAW 114-110 (S. 808)

    A bill to establish the Surface Transportation Board as an 
independent establishment, and for other purposes.

Summary

    The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 
2015 reauthorized the STB for the first time since the agency 
was created in 1995. The Act established the STB as a wholly 
independent federal agency; expanded the STB's membership from 
three to five Board Members; gave the STB authority to 
investigate issues of national or regional significance on its 
own initiative; and reauthorized the agency through fiscal year 
2020. The act also directed the STB to modify its voluntary 
arbitration process, including increases in the maximum damage 
awards, and made other changes to improve the STB's efficiency 
and responsiveness.

Legislative History

    On March 19, 2015, S. 808 was introduced in the Senate by 
Senator John Thune (R-SD).
    On June 18, 2015, S. 808 passed the Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On December 10, 2015, S. 808 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and passed by a voice vote.
    On December 18, 2015, S. 808 was presented to the President 
and signed, becoming Public Law 114-110.

Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 
                                  2016


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-183 (S. 2276/H.R. 4937)

Summary

    The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and 
Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) reauthorizes PHMSA's 
pipeline safety program through fiscal year 2020. The PIPES Act 
ensures the agency finishes out the 2011 Act requirements and 
reforms PHMSA to be a more dynamic, data-driven regulator.
    The PIPES Act requires PHMSA to set federal minimum safety 
standards for underground natural gas storage facilities, 
establish revised safety standards for liquefied natural gas 
facilities, and increases inspection requirements for certain 
underwater oil pipelines. It provides PHMSA with emergency 
order authority, tailored to the pipeline sector, to impose 
emergency restriction, prohibitions, and safety measures on 
owners and operators of pipeline facilities to abate imminent 
hazards, taking into account public health and safety, network, 
and customer impacts. The PIPES Act ensures that pipeline 
operators receive timely post-inspection information from PHMSA 
to allow them to maintain and improve their safety efforts, and 
ensures that product composition information is quickly 
provided to first responders after an incident. The Act also 
provides for a number of assessments of the current safety 
program, including the effectiveness of integrity management 
programs; and the use of technology to improve damage 
prevention; and the latest innovations in pipeline materials, 
corrosion prevention technology, and training.

Legislative History

    On April 14, 2016, H.R. 4937 was introduced by Congressman 
Jeff Denham (R-CA).
    On April 20, 2016, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 4937 to be reported by voice vote with an 
amendment.
    On November 14, 2016, was reported (H. Rept. 114-807) and 
placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 631).
    On November 10, 2015, S. 2276 was introduced by Senator Deb 
Fischer (R-NE).
    On March 3, 2016, S. 2276 passed the Senate, with an 
amendment, by unanimous consent.
    On June 8, 2016, S. 2276 was considered under suspension of 
the rules and agreed to, as amended, by voice vote.
    On June 13, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House amendment 
to the Senate bill by unanimous consent.
    On June 16, 2016, S. 2276 was presented to the President.
    On June 22, 2016, S. 2276 was signed by the president, 
becoming Public Law 114-183.

                   Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act


                     VETOED BY THE PRESIDENT (S. 1)

    To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Summary

    The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act authorizes 
TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. to construct, connect, 
operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities 
specified in TransCanada's May 4, 2014 application to the 
Department of State, and allows for any subsequent route 
revision through Nebraska. It deems the Final Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Secretary of State 
in January 2014 regarding the pipeline to fully satisfy NEPA 
and any law that requires federal agency consultation or 
review, including the Endangered Species Act of 1973. It 
declares that any applicable federal permit or authorization 
issues before enactment remain in effect, and it restricts 
legal challenges of a federal agency action regarding the 
pipeline. Lastly, it directs the Department of Energy's (DOE) 
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to act as the 
lead federal agency for coordinating and disseminating 
information on existing federal programs and assistance that 
may be used to help initiate, develop, and finance energy 
efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects 
for schools.

Legislative History

    On January 6, 2015, S. 1 was introduced by Senator John 
Hoeven (R-ND).
    On January 29, 2015, S. 1 passed the Senate with amendments 
62-36 (Record Vote No. 49).
    On February 11, 2015, S. 1 was considered under a rule and 
passed the House 270-152 (Roll No. 75).
    On February 24, 2015, S. 1 was presented to the President 
and vetoed.
    On March 4, 2015, the Senate failed to override the 
President's veto with 62 yeas and 37 nays (Record Vote No. 68).

                        Keystone XL Pipeline Act


                                 H.R. 3

                         PENDING IN THE SENATE

    To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Summary

    H.R. 3 authorizes TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. to 
construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and 
cross-border facilities specified by TransCanada Corporation in 
its May 4, 2012 application to the Department of State, and 
deems approved any subsequent route revision within the State 
of Nebraska. The bill determines the Final Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement regarding the pipeline issued by 
the Secretary of State in January 2014 fully satisfies the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and any law that 
requires federal agency consultation or review, including the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973. H.R. 3 also maintains in effect 
any applicable federal permit or authorization issued before 
enactment of this act. The bill grants original and exclusive 
jurisdiction, except for review in the Supreme Court, to the 
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 
Circuit over any civil action for the review of a federal 
agency action regarding the pipeline and related facilities. It 
declares that it does not alter any federal, state, or local 
process or condition in effect on the date of enactment of this 
act that is necessary to secure access from an owner of private 
property to construct the pipeline and cross-border facilities.

Legislative History

    On January 6, 2015, H.R. 3 was introduced by Congressman 
Kevin Cramer (R-ND).
    On January 9, 2015, H.R. 3 was considered under a rule and 
passed the House by 266-153-1 (Roll No. 16).
    On January 12, 2015, H.R. 3 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under 
General Orders (Calendar No. 3).

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


    HOW THE CHANGING ENERGY MARKETS WILL AFFECT U.S. TRANSPORTATION

    On February 3, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on how 
the changing energy markets will affect transportation in the 
United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony on issues 
related to the Nation's energy renaissance and what the growth 
in production means for the transportation system. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from energy, pipeline, 
railroad, and railcar manufacturer stakeholders regarding their 
investment and views of the nexus between energy production, 
private infrastructure investment, and safety.

      OVERSIGHT OF ONGOING RAIL, PIPELINE, AND HAZMAT RULEMAKINGS

    On April 14, 2015, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on rail, pipeline, and hazmat rulemakings. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from FRA, PHMSA, and the 
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on matters relating 
to current railroad, pipeline, and hazardous material 
rulemakings.

 THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STAGGERS RAIL ACT: RAILROAD DEREGULATION 
                       PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

    On May 13, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
35th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act and railroad 
deregulation. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
representatives of STB, the American Chemistry Council, the 
Association of American Railroads, and the American Short Line 
and Regional Railroad Association, as well as a professor of 
economics at Georgetown University.

            OVERSIGHT OF THE AMTRAK ACCIDENT IN PHILADELPHIA

    On June 2, 2015, the Committee held an oversight hearing on 
the Amtrak accident in Philadelphia. The Committee heard 
testimony from representatives from NTSB, FRA, Amtrak, and the 
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

THE STATE OF POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION IN THE UNITED STATES

    On June 24, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
state of PTC implementation in the United States. The 
Subcommittee received testimony on the status of implementing 
PTC on the freight and passenger rail network by the December 
31, 2015, deadline.

                   INNOVATIONS IN PIPELINE TECHNOLOGY

    On July 28, 2015, the Subcommittee participated in a 
roundtable on innovations in pipeline technology. The purpose 
of the roundtable was to examine innovative technologies that 
improve the safety and efficiency of the pipeline network of 
the United States. Participants included representatives from 
Marathon Pipe Line, the Pipeline Research Council 
International, General Electric, and NTSB.

  REAUTHORIZATION OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S PIPELINE 
                             SAFETY PROGRAM

    On February 25, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
reauthorizing the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and 
Job Creation Act of 2011. The Subcommittee received testimony 
on the status of the 2011 act mandates, as well as the need for 
a reauthorization of PHMSA's pipeline safety program.

     CONTINUED OVERSIGHT OF THE CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT

    On August 29, 2016, the Subcommittee received testimony 
regarding the status of the California High-Speed Rail Project. 
The project is the largest in the High-Speed Intercity 
Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program administered by FRA.

                           Oversight Letters


                       CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL

    On November 26, 2013, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA), sent a 
letter to GAO regarding California High Speed Rail grant 
agreements and concerns regarding the financial and oversight 
risks associated with the California High Speed Rail Project. 
The letter requested that GAO address questions related to 
whether the California High Speed Rail Authority was violating, 
or on the verge of violating, its grant agreements with the 
Federal government, along with other questions. GAO provided 
responses in a letter (B-325583) on December 18, 2015.

   FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION'S HIGH SPEED RAIL GRANT AGREEMENTS

    On December 3, 2013, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA), sent a 
letter to the DOT IG regarding FRA's High Speed Rail Grant 
Agreements. The letter requested that the DOT IG assess FRA's 
policies and procedures for negotiating and amending high speed 
rail grant agreements as well as evaluate FRA's oversight 
procedures for ensuring grant agreement terms are met. The DOT 
IG responded with a letter (ST-2015-08) on April 1, 2015.
    On March 6, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Railroads, 
Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) 
and Ranking Member Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) sent a letter to 
the Secretary of DOT and the Director of OMB, regarding DOT's 
rulemaking process on enhancing the safety of the 
transportation of flammable liquids. The letter expressed 
concerns that focusing on complex operational requirements in 
the development of the DOT's final rule could lead to further 
delays in finalizing the rule.

          POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE PART 1

    On April 14, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Railroads, 
Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) 
and Ranking Member Michael E. Capuano (D-MA), sent a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO complete a 
follow-up study to a 2013 report, titled ``Positive Train 
Control: Additional Authorities Could Benefit Implementation'' 
to update Congress on the status of the railroads' 
implementation of PTC. On September 16, 2015, GAO released its 
report, entitled ``Positive Train Control: Additional Oversight 
Needed As Most Railroads Do Not Expect to Meet 2015 
Implementation Deadline'' (GAO-15-739).

          POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE PART 2

    On August 17, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Railroads, 
Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) 
and Ranking Member Michael E. Capuano (D-MA), sent a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting to be added to an inquiry by 
Senator Bill Nelson (R-FL), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and 
Senator Clare McCaskill (D-MO) requesting the GAO to perform a 
follow-up study to the report ``Positive Train Control: 
Additional Authorities Could Benefit Implementation'' to update 
Congress on the status of the railroads' implementation of PTC.

                 AMTRAK CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SEARCH

    On February 2, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), along with 
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials 
Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA), sent a letter to the Board of 
Directors of Amtrak recommending that, as they search for a 
replacement for Amtrak's Chief Executive Officer, the next CEO 
be a leader with the vision and management skills necessary to 
implement the reforms required in the FAST Act.

        SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD'S (STB) ONGOING PROCEEDINGS

    On September 30, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), along with 
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials 
Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA), sent a letter to the STB Chairman, 
Vice Chairman, and Commissioner regarding its ongoing 
proceedings affecting the economic regulation of railroads. The 
letter recommended that the STB focus on fulfilling its 
obligations under the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015, instead 
of independently moving forward with a number of new regulatory 
initiatives.

                       Minority Oversight Letters


  FAILURE OF PHMSA TO ADDRESS PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY 
                                 ISSUES

    On January 22, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to the 
Secretary of Transportation expressing serious concerns with 
the repeated failure of the U.S. Department of Transportation 
to address longstanding and undisputed pipeline and hazardous 
materials safety issues, including the transportation of 
flammable liquids by rail, such as crude oil and ethanol.

    DOT IG AUDIT OF PHMSA'S PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY 
                                PROGRAMS

    On February 3, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to the U.S. 
Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) requesting 
an audit of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 
Administration's (PHMSA) pipeline and hazardous materials 
safety programs. On October 18, 2016, the IG released its final 
report which found serious issues with the implementation of 
critical congressional mandates and National Transportation 
Safety Board and IG recommendations regarding pipeline and 
hazardous materials safety.

    DOT IG IMPEDIMENTS TO PROSECUTION OF PIPELINE SAFETY VIOLATIONS

    On February 26, 2015, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Capuano sent a letter to 
the DOT IG requesting an overview of any challenges or 
impediments the IG has experienced to successful prosecution of 
criminal pipeline safety violations as defined in the current 
statute at 49 U.S.C. 60123, and any recommendations for 
addressing these challenges or impediments.

           GAO EXAMINATION OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAPABILITIES

    On March 12, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to GAO 
requesting an examination of emergency response capabilities to 
handle crude oil transportation by rail. On November 17, 2016, 
the GAO released the final examination which found that 
emergency responders lack crucial training and information on 
trains transporting hazardous materials, including crude oil 
and ethanol.

  RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION OF LITHIUM BATTERIES BY AIR

    On April 24, 2015, Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to 
the Secretary of Transportation urging the Secretary to address 
risks associated with the transport of lithium batteries by air 
at an international aviation working group meeting scheduled 
for April 27 in Montreal, Canada. The meeting, held by the 
Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation 
Organization (ICAO), was held to analyze a technical working 
paper that reported ``the uncontrollability of lithium battery 
fires can ultimately negate the capability of current aircraft 
cargo fire suppression systems, and can lead to a catastrophic 
failure of the airframe.''

    PHMSA'S OUTSTANDING CONGRESSIONAL MANDATES AND OPEN NTSB AND IG 
                            RECOMMENDATIONS

    On April 29, 2015, Subcommittee Ranking Member Capuano sent 
a letter to the Secretary of Transportation raising concerns 
with outstanding congressional mandates and open NTSB and IG 
recommendations on pipelines and hazardous materials safety, 
and the failure of PHMSA to fill vacancies and consider views 
of General Public representatives on the Gas and Liquid 
Pipeline Advisory Committees.

  BAN ON THE TRANSPORT OF BULK SHIPMENTS OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES ON 
                           PASSENGER AIRCRAFT

    On October 20, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to the 
Secretary of Transportation to press DOT to call for a ban on 
transport of bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries on 
passenger aircraft at the October 19-30 meeting of the 
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous 
Goods Panel. In the letter, DeFazio urged DOT to call for a 
temporary, but absolute ban until research can establish 
whether or not lithium-ion batteries can be transported safely 
on passenger airliners.

            HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION

    On January 6, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Members DeFazio and Capuano sent a 
letter to the STB expressing concerns regarding reports of a 
potential hostile takeover or acquisition of the Norfolk 
Southern Corporation by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Ltd.

    FAILURE OF PHMSA TO ISSUE FINAL RULE ON OIL SPILL RESPONSE PLANS

    On January 21, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to the 
Secretary of Transportation urging the Secretary to issue a 
Final Rule requiring railroads transporting flammable liquids 
to develop and implement comprehensive spill response plans. 
The letter also raises concerns with the Secretary's letter to 
the Committee that a Final Rule will not be completed until 
June 2017, in violation of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 
2016 (P.L. 114-113) which requires you to finalize the 
rulemaking within one year of the date of enactment of the Act, 
or not later than December 18, 2016.

              ENBRIDGE'S VIOLATIONS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT

    On March 9, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio and Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member 
Capuano sent a letter to the Attorney General of the United 
States and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency urging them to finalize and seek the maximum penalties 
against Enbridge for Clean Water Act violations stemming from 
the 2010 oil pipeline spill in Marshall, Michigan.

           STB'S PROPOSED RULEMAKING FOR ON-TIME PERFORMANCE

    On April 13, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to the STB 
in opposition to the Board's notice of proposed rulemaking and 
policy statement on on-time performance, which would have 
significantly delayed train travel in Oregon.

    IMPACTS OF THE CRUDE OIL TRAIN DERAILMENT IN THE COLUMBIA GORGE

    On June 10, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio and Congressman Greg 
Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation 
regarding concerns about the impacts of a crude oil train 
derailment in and around the Columbia River Gorge and the 
transportation of crude-by-rail, in general.

     BNSF'S JUSTIFIED PRICE DIFFERENTIAL FOR TRANSPORT OF CRUDE OIL

    On July 8, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to STB 
urging the Board to dismiss a formal complaint filed by the 
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers against BNSF 
Railway Company (BNSF). In the letter, Ranking Member DeFazio 
stated his strong support for BNSF's price differential for the 
transportation of crude oil in unjacketed DOT-111 tank cars of 
$1,000 more per car for a given origin/destination pair and 
route.

               CYBERSECURITY OF PIPELINE CONTROL SYSTEMS

    On August 9, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio and Congressman Dan 
Lipinski (D-IL) sent a letter to GAO requesting an evaluation 
of the cybersecurity of oil and natural gas pipeline control 
systems.

        COMMENTS ON PHMSA'S NPRM ON HIGH-HAZARD FLAMMABLE TRAINS

    On October 6, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio submitted comments 
regarding the pending Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) 
entitled ``Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans and 
Information Sharing for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,'' 
published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 
Administration (PHMSA) in the Federal Register on July 29, 2016 
(Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0105 (HM-251B)).

                NEW JERSEY TRANSIT DERAILMENT IN HOBOKEN

    On October 14, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio and Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member 
Capuano sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation 
outlining concerns regarding safety at New Jersey Transit. The 
letter also requested a copy of the Federal Railroad 
Administration's most recent comprehensive safety audit of New 
Jersey Transit.

          PHMSA'S FAILURES TO IMPLEMENT CONGRESSIONAL MANDATES

    On October 18, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio sent a letter to the 
Secretary of Transportation regarding concerns with the results 
of a recent IG audit outlining PHMSA's failures to implement 
congressional mandates and NTSB and IG recommendations.

     COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY EXAMINATION OF COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY

    On November 2, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member DeFazio and Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member 
Capuano sent a letter to PHMSA requesting a comprehensive 
safety examination of Colonial Pipeline Company, its liquid 
pipeline system, and the company's management as it relates to 
the maintenance and integrity operations of the system.

                      Oversight Within Legislation


         GAO STUDY ON ACCEPTANCE OF CLASSIFICATION EXAMINATIONS

    Section 7207 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), requires GAO to 
conduct a study on acceptance of classifications examinations. 
The GAO report, ``Hazardous Materials Transportation: Better 
Guidance and Planning Could Enhance DOT's Explosives 
Classification Oversight'' (GAO-16-715) was issued on July 28, 
2016.

                           EMERGENCY RESPONSE

    Section 7303 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), directs GAO to 
conduct a study to determine whether limitations or weaknesses 
exist in the emergency response information carried by train 
crews transporting hazardous materials. The GAO report (GAO-17-
130) was issued on December 2, 2016.

    STUDY AND TESTING OF ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED PNEUMATIC BRAKES

    Section 7311 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), requires GAO to 
conduct an independent evaluation of ECP brake systems, pilot 
program data, and DOT's research and analysis on the costs, 
benefits, and effects of ECP brake systems. The GAO report (GAO 
17-122) was issued on October 12, 2016.

                       AMTRAK BOARDING PROCEDURES

    Section 11213 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), requires the 
Amtrak IG to evaluate Amtrak's boarding procedures for 
passengers and compare those to the procedures of commuter 
railroads in order to make recommendations to improve Amtrak's 
boarding procedures. The Amtrak IG report (OIG-A-2016-011) was 
issued on September 7, 2016.

                        AMTRAK INSPECTOR GENERAL

    Section 11314 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), directs the 
Amtrak IG to determine whether current expenditures or 
procurements involving Amtrak's fulfillment of the Americans 
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) utilize 
competitive, market-driven provisions that are applicable 
throughout the entire term of such related expenditures or 
procurements. The Amtrak IG report (OIG-A-2016-008) was issued 
on June 8, 2016.

  STUDY ON THE USE OF LOCOMOTIVE HORNS AT HIGHWAY RAIL GRADE CROSSINGS

    Section 11403 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), requires GAO 
to conduct a study and submit a report to Congress evaluating 
the effectiveness of the final rule issued on August 17, 2006, 
entitled ``Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade 
Crossings.'' The GAO report has no statutory deadline.

                       REPORT ON LEVERAGING RRIF

    Section 11611 of the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94), requires GAO 
to submit a report that analyzes how the Railroad 
Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program can be used to 
improve passenger rail infrastructure. GAO published its report 
(GAO-16-714R) on July 13, 2016.

        REVISED CONTRACTS FOR MULTIPLE ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS

    Section 14 of the Surface Transportation Board 
Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-110) directed GAO to 
complete a study of rail contracts containing multiple origins 
and destinations. GAO published its report (GAO-17-166) on 
December 7, 2016.

                NATURAL GAS INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT REVIEW

    Section 4 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines 
and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-183) 
requires GAO to submit a report regarding the integrity 
management programs for gas pipeline facilities required under 
section 60109(c) of title 49, United States Code. The GAO 
report is expected in the 115th Congress.

              HAZARDOUS LIQUID INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT REVIEW

    Section 5 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines 
and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-183) directs 
GAO to submit a report regarding the integrity management 
programs for hazardous liquid pipeline facilities, as regulated 
under sections 195.450 and 195.452 of title 49, Code of Federal 
Regulations. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

 STUDY OF MATERIALS AND CORROSION PREVENTION IN PIPELINE TRANSPORTATION

    Section 21 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of 
Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-
183) requires GAO to submit a study on materials, training, and 
corrosion prevention technologies for gas and hazardous liquid 
pipeline facilities. The GAO report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

                    STATE PIPELINE SAFETY AGREEMENTS

    Section 24 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of 
Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-
183) requires GAO to complete a study on State pipeline safety 
agreements made pursuant to section 60106 of title 49, United 
States Code. The study will focus on the estimated staff and 
resources used by federal, state, and/or local authorities, as 
well as PHMSA. The GAO report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

                       PIPELINE ODORIZATION STUDY

    Section 28 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of 
Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-
183) requires GAO to submit a report that assesses the 
feasibility, costs, and benefits of odorizing all combustible 
gas in pipeline transportation and the effects of odorization 
on manufacturers, agriculture, and other end users. The report 
will also assess the public health and safety impacts of 
odorization. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

                          WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

    Section 9 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines 
and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-183) 
requires the DOT IG to submit a review of Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration staff resource 
management. The DOT IG review is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

              PIPELINE SAFETY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

    Section 20 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of 
Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-
183) requires the DOT IG to submit a report evaluating the 
grant program, including a list of recipients, an analysis of 
compliance, an evaluation of the competitive selection process, 
and an evaluation of PHMSA to oversee grant funds and 
procedures for such oversight. The DOT IG report is expected in 
the 115th Congress.

                        RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

    Section 22 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of 
Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES) (P.L. 114-
183) requires the DOT IG to submit a report regarding the 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's 
research and development program carried out under section 12 
of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. The DOT IG 
report is expected in the 115th Congress.

 EFFECTS OF PROPOSALS FOR RATES FROM MULTIPLE ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS

    Section 14 of the Surface Transportation Board 
Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-110) requires GAO to 
conduct and submit a study of rail transportation contract 
proposals containing multiple origin-to-destination movements. 
The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``How the Changing Energy Markets Will 
Affect U.S. Transportation'' (February 3, 2015) Committee 
Serial Number 114-3
    Hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Ongoing Rail, Pipeline, 
and Hazmat Rulemakings'' (April 14, 2015) Committee Serial 
Number 114-12
    Hearing entitled ``The 35th Anniversary of the Staggers 
Rail Act: Railroad Deregulation Past, Present, and Future'' 
(May 13, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-16
    Hearing entitled, ``Oversight of the Amtrak Accident in 
Philadelphia.'' (June 2, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-19
    Hearing entitled ``The State of Positive Train Control 
Implementation in the United States'' (June 24, 2015) Committee 
Serial Number 114-23
    Hearing entitled ``Reauthorization of the U.S. Department 
of Transportation's Pipeline Safety Program'' (February 25, 
2016) Committee Serial Number 114-35
    Field hearing entitled ``Continued Oversight of the 
California High-Speed Rail Project'' (August 29, 2016) 
Committee Serial Number 114-50
            SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT


                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                             114TH CONGRESS


     BOB GIBBS, Ohio, Chairman
 GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California, 
          Ranking Member

DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           DUNCAN HUNTER, California
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
JARED HUFFMAN, California            Arkansas
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             JEFF DENHAM, California
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
  District of Columbia               TODD ROKITA, Indiana
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          JOHN KATKO, New York
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon (ex officio)BRIAN BABIN, Texas
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana
                                     DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois
                                     BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania (ex 
                                     officio)

                         Legislative Activities


  To Reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for Other Purposes


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-162 (S. 1523/H.R. 944)

    To reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other 
purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 944 amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
(commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to modify the National 
Estuary Program by requiring the EPA to make competitive awards 
to address urgent and challenging issues that threaten the 
economic and ecological well-being of coastal areas. The bill 
reauthorizes through fiscal year 2020 grants to develop, 
implement, and monitor comprehensive conservation and 
management plans for estuaries. A certain portion of the 
allocation of appropriations must be used for the competitive 
awards.

Legislative History

    On February 12, 2015, H.R. 944 was introduced by 
Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 944 favorably reported by a voice vote.
    On May 8, 2015, H.R. 944 was reported (H. Rept. 114-104), 
and was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 73).
    On June 1, 2015, H.R. 944 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and passed by voice vote.
    On June 2, 2015, H.R. 944 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public 
Works.
    On June 8, 2015, S. 1523 was introduced by Senator Sheldon 
Whitehouse (D-RI).
    On August 5, 2015, the Senate Committee e on Environment 
and Public Works ordered the bill reported without amendment 
favorably, the Committee was discharged and S. 1523 passed the 
Senate by unanimous consent.
    On September 8, 2015, S. 1523 was received in the House and 
held at the desk.
    On October 29, 2015, the Senate Committee on Environment 
and Public Works filed a written report, S. Rept. 114-161.
    On April 26, 2016, the House considered S. 1523 under 
suspension of the rules, as amended agreed to by voice vote.
    On May 12, 2016, Senate agreed to the House amendment to 
the Senate bill by unanimous consent.
    On May 18, 2016, S. 1523 was presented to the President.
    May 20, 2016, S. 1523 was signed by the President, becoming 
Public Law 114-162.

 To Provide Funds to the Army Corps of Engineers To Hire Veterans and 
   Members of the Armed Forces To Assist the Corps With Curation and 
        Historic Preservation Activities, and for Other Purposes


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-189 (H.R. 3114)

    To provide funds to the Corps to hire veterans and members 
of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and 
historic preservation activities, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 3114 directs the Corps, using available funds, to 
carry out a Veterans' Curation Program to hire veterans and 
members of the Armed Forces to assist in carrying out curation 
and historic preservation activities.

Legislative History

    On July 20, 2015, H.R. 3114 was introduced by Congresswoman 
Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA).
    On July 23, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 3114 favorably reported, as amended, by a 
voice vote.
    On September 8, 2015, H.R. 3114 was reported, as amended, 
(H. Rept. 114-249), placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 
188).
    On November 16, 2015, H.R. 3114 was considered under 
suspension of the rules.
    On November 17, H.R. 3114 passed the House 422-3 (Roll No. 
632).
    On November 18, 2015, H.R. 3114 was received in the Senate, 
was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment 
and Public Works.
    On May 18, 2016, H.R. 3114 was reported without written 
report by the Committee on Environment and Public Works and 
placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. 
Calendar No. 472.
    On June 23, 2016, H.R. 3114 passed Senate by unanimous 
consent.
    On June 29 2016, H.R. 3114 was presented to the President.
    On July 6, 2016, H.R. 3114 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-189.

     Water Resources Development Act of 2016/Water Infrastructure 
                    Improvements for the Nation Act


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-322 (H.R. 5303/S. 612)

Summary

    This bill revises or authorizes the Corps water resources 
development projects, feasibility studies, and relationships 
with nonfederal project sponsors. It establishes a process to 
de-authorize projects with an aggregate estimated federal cost 
to complete of at least $10 billion.

Legislative History

    On May 23, 2016, H.R. 5303 was introduced by Congressman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On May 25, 2016, H.R. 5303 was considered in open markup 
session and ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.
    On September 22, 2016, H.R. 5303 was reported. (H. Rept. 
114-785, Part I) and placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 
613.
    On September 27, 2016, H.R. 5303 was considered under a 
rule.
    On September 28, 2016, H.R. 5303 passed by 399-25 (Roll No. 
572).
    On September 29, 2016, H.R. 5303 was received in the 
Senate.
    On December 8, 2016, S. 612 was considered under a rule.
    On December 8, 2016, S. 612, as amended, passed 360-61 
(Roll No. 622).
    On December 8, 2016, the House amendment to S. 612 was laid 
before the Senate.
    On December 10, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House 
amendment to S. 612 78-21. (Record Vote Number: 163).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 612 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 612 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-322.

             Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015


                     PUBLIC LAW 114-322 (H.R. 223)

                      ENACTED AS PART OF WIIN ACT

Summary

    This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to 
authorize the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes 
Restoration Initiative for fiscal years 2016 thru 2020.

Legislative History

    On January 8, 2015, H.R. 223 was introduced by Congressman 
David P. Joyce (R-OH).
    On March 2, 2016, H.R. 223 was considered in an open markup 
session and ordered H.R. 223 reported, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On April 26, 2016, H.R. 223 was considered under suspension 
of the rules and agreed to, as amended, by voice vote.
    On April 27, 2016, H.R. 223 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar 
(Calendar No. 439).
    On December 8, 2016, S. 612 was considered under a rule.
    On December 8, 2016, S. 612, as amended, passed 360-61 
(Roll No. 622).
    On December 8, 2016, the House amendment to S. 612 was laid 
before the Senate.
    On December 10, 2016, the Senate agreed to the House 
amendment to S. 612 78-21. (Record Vote Number: 163).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 612 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 16, 2016, S. 612 was signed by the President, 
becoming Public Law 114-322.

        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017


                 PUBLIC LAW 114-92 (H.R. 4909/S. 2943)

    To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 4909 authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2017 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, for 
military construction, and for defense activities of the 
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths 
for such fiscal year. H.R. 4909 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Aviation, the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings, and 
the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The 
Committee worked with the Committee on Armed Services to clear 
provisions in H.R. 4909 within the Committee's jurisdiction.]

Legislative History

    On April 12, 2016, H.R. 4909 was introduced by Congressman 
Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
    On May 4, 2016, H.R. 4909 was reported by the Committee on 
Armed Services (H. Rept. 114-537).
    On May 12, 2016, a supplemental report (H. Rept. 114-537, 
Part II) was filed.
    On May 18, 2016, H.R. 4909 was considered under a rule and 
passed by a vote of 277-147 (Roll No. 216).
    On May 26, 2016, H.R. 4909 was received in the Senate, read 
twice and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General 
Orders. Calendar No. 502.
    On May 18, 2016, S. 2493 was introduced in the Senate by 
Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
    May 18, 2016, the Senate committee on Armed Services order 
S. 2493 reported with a written report. (S. Rept. 114-255).
    On June 14, 2016, S. 2493 passed the Senate with amendments 
by 85-13. Record Vote Number: 98.
    On July 8, 2016, the House struck all after the enacting 
clause and inserted in lieu thereof the provisions H.R. 4909 
and passed S. 2393 as amended without objection.
    On July 8, 2016, the House insisted upon its amendment, and 
requested a conference.
    On July 8, 2016, the Speaker appointed conferees:
    Committee on Armed Services for consideration of the Senate 
bill and the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Thornberry, Forbes, Miller (FL), Wilson (SC), 
LoBiondo, Bishop (UT), Turner, Kline, Rogers (AL), Franks (AZ), 
Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Gibson, Hartzler, Heck 
(NV), Stefanik, Smith (WA), Sanchez, Loretta, Davis (CA), 
Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, 
Garamendi, Johnson (GA), Speier, and Peters.
    Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 
consideration of matters within the jurisdiction of that 
committee under clause 11 of rule X: Nunes, Pompeo, and Schiff.
    Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration 
of secs. 571-74 and 578 of the Senate bill, and secs. 571, 573, 
1098E, and 3512 of the House amendment, and modifications 
committed to conference: Walberg, Guthrie, and Scott (VA).
    Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of secs. 
3112 and 3123 of the Senate bill, and secs. 346, 601, 749, 
1045, 1090, 1095, 1673, 3119A, and 3119C of the House 
amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Latta, 
Johnson of Ohio, and Pallone.
    Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration of secs. 
828, 1006, 1007, 1050, 1056, 1089, 1204, 1211, 1221-23, 1231, 
1232, 1242, 1243, 1247, 1252, 1253, 1255-58, 1260, 1263, 1264, 
1271-73, 1276, 1283, 1301, 1302, 1531-33, and 1662 of the 
Senate bill, and secs. 926, 1011, 1013, 1083, 1084, 1098K, 
1099B, 1099C, 1201, 1203, 1214, 1221-23, 1227, 1229, 1233, 
1235, 1236, 1245, 1246, 1250, 1259A-59E, 1259J, 1259L, 1259P, 
1259Q, 1259U, 1261, 1262, 130103, 1510, 1531-33, 1645, 1653, 
and 2804 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Royce, Zeldin, and Engel.
    Committee on Homeland Security for consideration of secs. 
564 and 1091 of the Senate bill, and secs. 1097, 1869, 1869A, 
and 3510 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: McCaul, Donovan, and Thompson (MS).
    Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 829J, 
829K, 944, 963, 1006, 1023-25, 1053, 1093, 1283, 3303, and 3304 
of the Senate bill, and secs. 598, 1090, 1098H, 1216, 1261, and 
3608 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Goodlatte, Issa, and Conyers.
    Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 
601, 2825, subtitle D of title XXVIII, and sec. 2852 of the 
Senate bill, and secs. 312, 601, 1090, 1098H, 2837, 2839, 
2839A, subtitle E of title XXVIII, secs. 2852, 2854, 2855, 
2864-66, title XXX, secs. 3508, 7005, and title LXXIII of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Cook, Hardy, and Grijalva.
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for 
consideration of secs. 339, 703, 819, 821, 829H, 829I, 861, 
944, 1048, 1054, 1097, 1103-07, 1109-13, 1121, 1124, 1131-33, 
1135, and 1136 of the Senate bill, and secs. 574, 603, 807, 
821, 1048, 1088, 1095, 1098L, 1101, 1102, 1104-06, 1108-11, 
1113, 1259C, and 1631 of the House amendment, and modifications 
committed to conference: Chaffetz, Russell, and Cummings.
    Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for 
consideration of sec. 874 of the Senate bill and secs. 1605, 
1673, and title XXXIII of the House amendment, and 
modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Weber (TX), 
and Johnson, E. B.
    Committee on Small Business for consideration of secs. 818, 
838, 874, and 898 of the Senate bill, and title XVIII of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Chabot, Knight, and Velazquez.
    Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 
consideration of secs. 541, 562, 601, 961, 3302-07, 3501, and 
3502 of the Senate bill, and secs. 343, 601, 731, 835, 1043, 
1671, 3119C, 3501, 3504, 3509, 3512, and title XXXVI of the 
House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: 
Hunter, Rouzer, and Maloney, Sean.
    Committee on Veterans' Affairs for consideration of secs. 
706, 755, and 1431 of the Senate bill, and secs. 741, 1421, and 
1864 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to 
conference: Roe (TN), Bost, and Takano.
    Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of sec. 1271 
of the Senate bill, and modifications committed to conference: 
Brady (TX), Reichert, and Levin.
    On July 14, 2016, S. 2493 was laid before Senate by 
unanimous consent, disagreed to the House amendments, agreed to 
the request for conference, and appointed conferees: McCain, 
Inhofe, Sessions, Wicker, Ayotte, Fischer, Cotton, Rounds, 
Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, Lee, Graham, Cruz, Reed, Nelson, 
McCaskill, Manchin, Shaheen, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Donnelly, 
Hirono, Kaine, King, and Heinrich made in Senate.
    On November 30, 2016, the Conference report (H. Rept. 114-
840) was filed.
    On December 2, 2016, the House passed the conference report 
375-34 (Roll no. 600).
    On December 7 and 8, 2016, the conference report was 
considered by the Senate and passed 92-7 (Record Vote Number 
159).
    On December 14, 2016, S. 2493 was presented to the 
President.
    On December 23, 2016, S. 2943 was signed by the President.

   A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under 
Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the Rule Submitted by the 
Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 
  the Definition of ``Waters of the United States'' Under the Federal 
                      Water Pollution Control Act


                 VETOED BY THE PRESIDENT (S.J. RES. 22)

Summary

    This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the 
Corps and EPA relating to the definition of ``waters of the 
United States'' under the Clean Water Act and published on June 
29, 2015.

Legislative History

    On September 17, 2015, S.J. Res. 22 was introduced by 
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).
    On November 4, 2015, S.J. Res. 22 passed the Senate by 
recorded vote 53-44 (Recorded Vote No. 297).
    On January 13, 2016, S.J. Res. 22 was considered in the 
House and agreed to 253-166 (Roll No. 45)
    On January 19, 2016, S.J. Res. 22 was presented to the 
President.
    On January 20, 2016, S.J. Res. 22 was vetoed by the 
President.

       Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act or Zika Vector Control Act


                    PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 897)

Summary

    This bill amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act to prohibit the EPA or a state from requiring a permit 
under the Clean Water Act for a discharge from a point source 
into navigable waters of a pesticide authorized for sale, 
distribution, or use under FIFRA, or a residue resulting from 
the application of the pesticide. Point source pollution is 
waste discharged from a distinct place, such as a pipe, 
channel, or tunnel. The bill also establishes exemptions for 
the following discharges containing a pesticide or pesticide 
residue: (1) a discharge resulting from the application of a 
pesticide in violation of FIFRA that is relevant to protecting 
water quality, if the discharge would not have occurred but for 
the violation or the amount of pesticide or pesticide residue 
contained in the discharge is greater than would have occurred 
without the violation; (2) stormwater discharges regulated 
under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 
(NPDES); and (3) discharges regulated under NPDES of 
manufacturing or industrial effluent or treatment works 
effluent and discharges incidental to the normal operation of a 
vessel, including a discharge resulting from operations 
concerning ballast water held in ships to increase stability or 
vessel biofouling prevention.

Legislative History

    On February 11, 2015, H.R. 897 was introduced by 
Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH).
    On March 19, 2015, H.R. 897 was considered in open markup 
session and ordered reported by voice vote.
    On May 17, 2016, H.R. 897 was considered in the House under 
suspension of the rules, and was not agreed to by recorded vote 
262-259 (Roll No. 199).
    On May 24, 2016, H.R. 897 was considered in the House and 
agreed to by recorded vote 258-156 (Roll No. 237).
    On July 14, 2016, H.R. 897 was received in the Senate, read 
twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar (Calendar 
No. 570).

                  Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1684)

Summary

    This bill amends the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to make 
foreign facilities that are located offshore and outside the 
boundary of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) liable for 
removal costs and damages that result from oil spills that 
reach (or threaten to reach) navigable waters, adjoining 
shorelines, or the EEZ. Specifically, the following parties may 
be held liable: (1) the owners or operators of the foreign 
facilities, and (2) the holders of a right of use and easement 
granted under applicable foreign law for the area in which the 
facility is located.

Legislative History

    On March 26, 2015, H.R. 1684 was introduced by Congressman 
Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).
    On April 26, 2016, H.R. 1684 was considered under 
suspension of the rules and agreed to, as amended, by voice 
vote.
    On April 27, 2016, H.R. 1684 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
Public Works.

              Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 1732)

    To preserve existing rights and responsibilities with 
respect to waters of the United States, and for other purposes.

Summary

    H.R. 1732 requires the Secretary of the Army and the 
Administrator of the EPA to withdraw the proposed rule entitled 
``Definition of `Waters of the United States' under the Clean 
Water Act'' (CWA) and any final rule based on such proposed 
rule. The Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the 
EPA shall then develop a new proposed rule to define the term 
``waters of the United States'' as used in the Federal Water 
Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.).

Legislative History

    On April 13, 2015, H.R. 1732 was introduced by Committee 
Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee met in open markup session 
and ordered H.R. 1732 favorably reported, as amended, by 36-22.
    On April 27, 2015, H.R. 1732 was reported (H. Rept. 114-93) 
and was placed on the Union Calendar (Calendar No. 66).
    On May 12, 2015, H.R. 1732 was considered under a rule and 
passed 261-155 (Roll No. 219).
    On May 13, 2015, H.R. 1732 was received in the Senate.

 Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (SHARE 
                                  Act)


                   PENDING IN THE SENATE (H.R. 2406)

Summary

    This bill revises a variety of existing programs to expand 
access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and 
recreational shooting. H.R. 2406 contains provisions within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure. Specifically, provisions within the bill impact 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and Water Resources 
and Environment.

Legislative History

    On May 19, 2015, H.R. 2406 was introduced by Congressman 
Robert J. Wittman (R-VA).
    On February 26, 2016, H.R. 2406 was considered in the House 
and agreed to by recorded vote: 242-161 (Roll No. 101)
    On March 1, 2016, H.R. 2406 was received in the Senate, 
read twice, and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and 
Natural Resources.

                          Oversight Activities


                  Hearings, Meetings, and Roundtables


 IMPACTS OF THE PROPOSED WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES RULE ON STATE AND 
                           LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

    On February 4, 2015, the Committee held a joint hearing 
with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to 
review a joint EPA and Corps proposed rulemaking to redefine 
the regulatory term ``waters of the United States'' under the 
CWA. The Committee heard testimony from the EPA, the Corps, 
State of Oklahoma, the National Association of State 
Departments of Agriculture, National Association of Counties, 
Clear Creek County, Colorado, and New York State Environmental 
Protection Bureau.

THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET: ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES FOR 
                THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

    On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the EPA's fiscal year 2016 budget request, as well as 
administration priorities for consideration by the Subcommittee 
as part of its legislative and oversight agenda for the first 
session of the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from EPA.

  A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE 
  UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

    On April 22, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Corps and 
the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), as well as the 
administration's priorities for consideration in the 
Subcommittee's legislative and oversight agenda for the first 
session of the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Corps and TVA.

   ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AFTER ENACTMENT: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WATER 
              RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2014

    On June 10, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
the progress of implementation of the Water Resources Reform 
and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014). The Subcommittee 
heard testimony from the Corps.

HELPING REVITALIZE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM

    On July 22, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
stakeholder opinions on the Brownfields Program. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from EPA, Ohio Environmental 
Protection Agency, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, TRC 
Companies, Inc., National Ground Water Association, and 
Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and 
Sustainability.

 THE GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE: A REVIEW OF THE PROGRESS AND 
                CHALLENGES IN RESTORING THE GREAT LAKES

    On September 30, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from the EPA, GAO, Natural 
Resource Conservation Service, Great Lakes Commission, U.S. 
Conference of Mayors, Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, 
Ohio Agribusiness Association, and Healing Our Waters--Great 
Lakes Coalition.

    ABANDONED MINES IN THE UNITED STATES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GOOD 
                           SAMARITAN CLEANUPS

    On October 21, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the problem of abandoned mines in the United States and 
opportunities to remediate abandoned mines through non-federal 
participation. The Subcommittee heard testimony from EPA, 
Interstate Mining Compact Commission, National Association of 
Abandoned Mine Land Programs, National Mining Association, 
Keystone Policy Center, Trout Unlimited, and Earthworks.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF PORT, WATERWAY, FLOOD CONTROL, AND ECOSYSTEM 
RESTORATION IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NATION'S ECONOMY: CONCEPTS FOR THE NEXT 
                    WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT

    On November 13, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable in 
New Orleans, Louisiana, to review federal and non-federal 
activities related to the planning, construction, operation, 
and maintenance of the Nation's water resources infrastructure. 
The roundtable also served as an initiation of the Water 
Resources Development Act 2016 process. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration 
Authority, president of St. John Parish, Louisiana, National 
Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, 
National Waterways Conference, American Association of Port 
Authorities, Waterways Council, Inc., and Greater New Orleans, 
Inc.

 BUILDING UPON SUCCESS: PRIORITIES FOR THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT 
                              ACT OF 2016

    On February 2, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
policy discussion to examine stakeholder priorities for the 
next Water Resources Development Act, legislation that 
authorizes the Corps to carry out navigation, flood control, 
shoreline protection, hydropower, dam safety, water supply, 
recreation, and environmental restoration and protection 
activities throughout the Nation. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the National Waterways Conference, National 
Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, 
American Association of Port Authorities, American Shore and 
Beach Preservation Association, American Society of Civil 
Engineers, Waterways Council, Inc., Pacific Northwest Waterways 
Association, and the deputy mayor of city services of Los 
Angeles, California.

 A REVIEW OF UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REPORTS TO CONGRESS 
       ON FUTURE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND CHIEF'S REPORTS

    On February 24, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review 23 pending Corps Chief's Reports that had been submitted 
to Congress since the passage of WRRDA 2014 and the process the 
Corps undertakes when developing its projects and activities 
authorized by Congress that benefit the Nation. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Corps.

 A REVIEW OF RECENTLY COMPLETED UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS 
                        CHIEF'S REPORTS, PART 2

    On May 17, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
the four Chief's Reports and six Post-Authorization Change 
Reports submitted to Congress since the last Subcommittee 
hearing on Chief's Reports on February 24, 2016, and the 
process the Corps undertakes when developing its projects and 
activities authorized by Congress that benefit the Nation. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Corps.

   FEDERAL MARITIME NAVIGATION PROGRAMS: INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND 
                          TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

    On September 7, 2016, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing 
with the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation to review federal maritime navigation programs. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Coast Guard, the 
Corps, and NOAA.

 A REVIEW OF RECENTLY COMPLETED UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS 
                        CHIEF'S REPORTS, PART 3

    On September 15, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the two Chief's Reports and two Post-Authorization 
Change Reports submitted to Congress since the last 
Subcommittee hearing on Chief's Reports on May 17, 2016, and 
the process the Corps undertakes when developing its projects 
and activities authorized by Congress that benefit the Nation. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Corps.

                           Oversight Letters


                               DAM SAFETY

    On June 12, 2014, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and then Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a review of the 
Corps' dam safety/cost-sharing issues, such as differences 
between the Corps' dam safety assurance program and its dam 
safety rehabilitation program, who typically pays the non-
federal cost-share and how those non-federal cost-shares are 
delineated, and how the Corps determines whether a dam safety 
project is to be carried out using construction or operation 
and maintenance funds and how that determination impacts the 
overall cost-share. On December 10, 2015, GAO released report 
GAO-16-106 entitled ``Army Corps of Engineers: Actions Needed 
to Improve Cost Sharing for Dam Safety Repairs''.

                         WATER STORAGE PRICING

    On June 12, 2014, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA)and then Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a review of the 
Corps' water storage pricing strategy, how water reallocation 
activities may impact storage prices, how storage prices differ 
from contract to contract, and whether or not formulas for 
storage pricing create results that make it cost-prohibitive 
for municipalities to contract for storage with the Corps. The 
GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

 ``REPORT TO CONGRESS ON FUTURE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT'' RESPONSE

    On April 21, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Assistant 
Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) expressing concerns with 
the contents of the first annual report submitted pursuant to 
section 7001 of WRRDA 2014. The letter presented a series of 
questions in order to guide improvements to future annual 
reports pursuant to the requirements of section 7001.

             TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY FINANCIAL VIABILITY

    On June 5, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a review of 
TVA's debt status, its plans for reducing this debt and whether 
those plans are reasonable, and its current financial status. 
The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM

    On August 4, 2015, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a study to answer 
questions regarding funding and management of the Department of 
Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 
The purpose of the request was to better understand how EQIP, 
which is a voluntary program that provides financial and 
technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and 
implement conservation practices for reducing pollution from 
agricultural land, is helping to improve water quality in our 
Nation's waters. The GAO report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

                          SECTION 319 PROGRAM

    On August 17, 2015, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a study to determine 
if EPA properly addressed GAO's recommendations in a May 2012 
report on implementation of the section 319 program, and to 
determine if the funds being appropriated to the program are 
being effectively used to address nonpoint source issues and 
improve water quality around the Nation. On July 14, 2016, GAO 
released report GAO-16-697R entitled ``Environmental Protection 
Agency: Status of Efforts to Address Nonpoint Source Water 
Pollution through the Section 319 Program''.

                       SECTION 404(C) PERMITTING

    On November 20, 2015, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote a letter to the EPA 
requesting information on section 404(c) permitting process and 
EPA's use of section 404(c) veto authority. The purpose of this 
request was to further understand how the agency's actions will 
impact the many activities dependent upon section 404 permits. 
The requested documents were received.

                  EPA'S USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

    On February 19, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Water Resources and Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote 
a letter to Director of OMB requesting information of GAO's 
legal opinion concerning EPA's use of social media platforms. 
This letter furthered the Subcommittee's oversight activities 
related to the final waters of the United States rule. The 
requested documents were not received.

 REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--COLUMBIA RIVER 
                                 BASIN

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the Columbia 
River Basin. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--SAN FRANCISCO BAY

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the San 
Francisco Bay. The GAO report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

   REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--PUGET SOUND

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the Puget 
Sound. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--LONG ISLAND SOUND

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the Long 
Island Sound. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

  REVIEW OF UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SELECTED ACTIVITIES

    On December 21, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Senate 
Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe 
(R-OK) wrote a letter to the Comptroller General requesting GAO 
conduct a review of several sections of the Water Resources 
Development Act of 2016, Public Law 114-322. These include 
reviews of the Corps' activities related to the management of 
the federal dredge fleet, the management of the Inland 
Waterways Trust Fund, the geographic diversity of Corps 
projects, the permitting for shellfish aquaculture, the 
effectiveness of environmental infrastructure projects 
authorized under section 219 of the Water Resources Development 
Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-580), the methodology and 
performance metrics used by the Corps of Engineers to calculate 
benefit-to-cost ratios to evaluate construction projects, the 
modernization of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development 
Corporation, the implementation and effectiveness of the 
Columbia River Basin restoration program authorized under 
section 5010 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, 
and the implementation and effectiveness of Corps' watercraft 
inspection stations.

                       Minority Oversight Letters


   REGIONAL WATERSHED BILLS PENDING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER 
                       RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

    On March 1, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Member 
Grace Napolitano (D-CA) wrote a letter to Committee Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) 
requesting that the Committee hold hearings on, and immediately 
mark up, regional watershed bills pending before the 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, including; 
H.R. 1140, the ``San Francisco Bay Restoration Act''; H.R. 
2469, the ``Columbia River Basin Restoration Act of 2015; H.R. 
2930, the ``Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship 
Act''; and H.R. 3630, the ``Promoting United Government Efforts 
to Save Our Sound Act.''

        TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY PENSION SYSTEM MODIFICATIONS

    On April 11, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a 
letter to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 
Tennessee Valley Authority, expressing concerns with, and 
requesting information about, a Tennessee Valley Authority 
Retirement System Board of Directors' plan to modify the 
pension systems of more than 30,000 federal employees. A 
response was received on April 22, 2016.

   TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY COAL ASH IMPOUNDMENT SITE CLOSURE PLANS

    On August 18, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a 
letter to the President and Chief Executive Officer of 
Tennessee Valley Authority, expressing concerns with, and 
requesting information about, a June 2016 TVA Record of 
Decision detailing TVA's plants to close TVA coal ash 
impoundment sites. A response was received on September 19, 
2016.

    REQUEST FOR LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON VESSEL DISCHARGE LEGISLATION

    On September 7, 2016, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Ranking Member Grace Napolitano (D-CA) wrote a 
letter to Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) requesting 
that the Committee hold a legislative hearing on Title XXXVI of 
H.R. 4909, the ``National Defense Authorization Act of 2017.'' 
This title, known as the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act or 
VIDA, was included in H.R. 4909.

                      Oversight Within Legislation


                        AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

    Section 1039 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to carry out an assessment of the costs incurred by federal 
agencies in combating aquatic invasive species and the funding 
provided to the agencies for these activities. On November 30, 
2015, GAO released report GAO-16-49 entitled ``Aquatic Invasive 
Species: Additional Steps Could Help Measure Federal Progress 
in Achieving Strategic Goals.''

                          RESERVOIR OPERATIONS

    Section 1046 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to carry out a review of the Corps' reservoir project 
operations to ensure greater efficiencies related to flood, 
drought, and storm conditions. On July 26, 2016, GAO released 
report GAO-16-685 entitled ``Army Corps of Engineers: 
Additional Steps Needed for Review and Revision of Water 
Control Manuals.''

             INLAND WATERWAY TRUST FUND REVENUE COLLECTION

    Section 2003 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to review the efficiency of revenue collection related to the 
fuel tax charged on commercial operators on the Nation's inland 
waterway system, to determine if current methods result in full 
compliance with the law.
    On July 29, 2016, GAO released report GAO-16-682 entitled 
``Inland Waterways Fuel Tax: Additional Data Could Enhance 
IRS's Efforts to Ensure Taxpayer Compliance.''

                       INLAND WATERWAYS OVERSIGHT

    Section 2007 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) instructed the 
GAO to report to Congress on the challenges associated with the 
Olmsted Lock and Dam project. The GAO report is expected in the 
115th Congress.

                              LEVEE SAFETY

    Section 3016 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to carry out a review of opportunities to better align federal 
programs to provide incentives promoting shared responsibility 
for levee safety. On July 26, 2016, GAO released report GAO-16-
709 entitled ``Army Corps and FEMA Have Made Little Progress in 
Carrying Out Required Activities.''

             MANAGEMENT OF FLOOD, DROUGHT, AND STORM DAMAGE

    Section 3024 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to review the Corps' policies and practices related to water 
resources management in response to floods, storms, and 
droughts to ensure it is taking appropriate measures to prepare 
for and respond to these extreme events. On July 22, 2015, GAO 
released report GAO-15-660 entitled ``Army Corps of Engineers: 
Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events.''

                             MISSOURI RIVER

    Section 4003 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to review the progress made by federal agencies in snowpack and 
soil moisture monitoring and associated data collection in the 
Missouri River Basin. On June 9, 2015, GAO released report GAO-
15-558R entitled ``Missouri River Basin: Agencies' Progress 
Improving Water Monitoring is Limited.''

                             Hearings Held

    Hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget: 
Administration Priorities for the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency'' (March 18, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-9
    Hearing entitled ``A Review of the President's Fiscal Year 
2016 Budget Request for the United States Army Corps of 
Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority'' (April 22, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-14
    Hearing entitled ``One-Year Anniversary after Enactment: 
Implementation of the Water Resources Reform and Development 
Act of 2014'' (June 10, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-20
    Hearing entitled ``Helping Revitalize American Communities 
Through the Brownfields Program'' (July 22, 2015) Committee 
Serial Number 114-25
    Hearing entitled ``The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: 
A Review of the Progress and Challenges in Restoring the Great 
Lakes'' (September 30, 2015) Committee Serial Number 114-27
    Hearing entitled ``Abandoned Mines in the United States and 
Opportunities for Good Samaritan Cleanups'' (October 21, 2015) 
Committee Serial Number 114-29
    Hearing entitled ``A Review of United States Army Corps of 
Engineers Reports to Congress on Future Water Resources 
Development and Chief's Reports'' (February 24, 2016) Committee 
Serial Number 114-34
    Hearing entitled ``A Review of Recently Completed United 
States Army Corps of Engineers Chief's Reports, Part 2'' (May 
17, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-41
    Hearing entitled ``A Review of Recently Completed United 
States Army Corps of Engineers Chief's Reports, Part 3'' 
(September 15, 2016) Committee Serial Number 114-52

 OVERSIGHT PLAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 
                             114TH CONGRESS


                        Subcommittee on Aviation

    1. Implementation of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act 
of 2012. The ``FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012'' 
(FMRA) was signed into law on February 14, 2012. FMRA 
authorizes funding for, reforms, and revises the safety 
programs, air traffic control modernization (NextGen) efforts, 
and operations of the FAA through fiscal year 2015. This law 
also contains over 100 deadlines for Federal government action, 
including: rulemakings, program implementations, plans, 
studies, and task force actions. The Subcommittee will continue 
to closely oversee FAA's efforts to implement the mandates 
contained in the FMRA and to improve aviation safety.
    Per the Subcommittee's request, GAO conducted a review of 
the FAA's progress in carrying out recommendations developed 
from section 312 and 313 of the FMRA concerning the FAA's 
attempts to streamline and reduce regional inconsistencies of 
interpretation for its certification processes. GAO issued a 
report as testimony entitled ``Issues Related to Domestic 
Certification and Foreign Approval of U.S. Aviation Products'' 
on January 21, 2015.
    The Subcommittee also requested that GAO examine FAA's 
progress in implementing Section 812 of FMRA 2012, in the 
report, ``Improved Tracking of Results Needed to Provide 
Confidence in Benefits of Streamlining Activities'' which was 
publicly released on February 26, 2015.
    2. Safety Programs. The Subcommittee held several safety 
hearings and will continue its oversight of aviation safety. 
Maintaining a safe and efficient aviation system is critical to 
the aviation industry, passengers, the American economy, job 
creation, and American competitiveness in the global 
marketplace. Issues that may be addressed include: regional 
airline safety, general aviation safety, key safety treaties, 
the safe integration of UAS, pilot and controller training, 
ways to reduce losses of separation between aircraft, the FAA's 
enforcement and certification activities, and FAA's voluntary 
reporting and data sharing and assessment programs.
    On January 21, 2015, the Committee held a hearing to 
discuss FAA's aircraft and flight standards certification 
processes. The Committee heard testimony from industry 
representatives, GAO, NTSB, and FAA.
    On March 24, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine options for reforming ATC operations at the FAA. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from DOT IG; a former ATO 
official; the FAA MAC; a former White House National Economic 
Council, DOD, and Public Buildings Service official; a 
representative of A4A; NATCA; and the Reason Foundation.
    On March 30, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion to discuss aviation safety issues and policies as 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure works toward 
the reauthorization of the FAA. Participants included the NTSB, 
DOT IG, the Regional Airline Association, AOPA, and a 
representative of the Families of Continental Flight 3407.
    On June 10, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee 
Chairman on Aviation Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) wrote a letter to 
the DOT IG requesting review of FAA's ATC hiring programs and 
practices. The letter specifically requested that the DOT IG 
look closely at the Biographical Assessment to address 
allegations of systemic cheating on this test.
    On July 8, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Peter 
A. DeFazio (D-OR), and Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Frank 
A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), 
requested that GAO provide a study of the risks, challenges, 
and potential mitigations of unauthorized small UAS operations 
to the NAS.
    Per the Subcommittee's request, GAO reviewed FAA's progress 
in integrating UAS into the NAS, in a report entitled, ``FAA 
Continues Progress toward Integration into the National 
Airspace'' that was publicly released on August 17, 2015.
    Per the Subcommittee's request, DOT IG conducted an audit 
entitled, ``FAA Delays in Establishing a Pilot Records Database 
Limit Air Carriers' Access to Background Information,'' that 
was publicly released on August 20, 2015.
    On December 8, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion on issues related to air traffic controller hiring, 
staffing and training plans. Participants included the FAA, DOT 
IG, and NATCA.
    On June 15, 2016 the Subcommittee held a hearing on issues 
related to air traffic controller hiring, staffing and training 
plans. Participants included the FAA, DOT IG, Southwest 
Airlines, and NATCA.
    3. National Transportation Safety Board. Authorization for 
the NTSB expired on September 30, 2008. An NTSB reauthorization 
bill, H.R. 4714, passed the House in 2010 but was not enacted. 
Reauthorization of the NTSB may be considered in the 114th 
Congress.
    4. Oversight of the Office of the Secretary. The Office of 
the Secretary within the DOT inherited several aviation 
functions when the Civil Aeronautics Board was abolished. These 
functions include ensuring that air carriers do not engage in 
unfair and deceptive practices that could harm consumers and 
ensuring that business agreements among air carriers do not 
result in harmful effects. Many of these functions have a 
dramatic impact on the aviation industry, competition, and job 
creation. Hearings may be held to evaluate various DOT programs 
and policies affecting aviation, including slots, essential air 
service, air carrier alliances, aviation consumer issues, 
international air service, key safety treaties, and the 
European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme.
    5. Oversight of the Commercial Space Industry. The mission 
of the Office of the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation is 
to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national 
security and foreign policy interests of the United States 
during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to 
encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space 
transportation. The Subcommittee will continue to monitor the 
status and future of the U.S. commercial space transportation 
industry and the role of the FAA in providing safety oversight 
of the industry.
    On June 22, 2016, the subcommittee held a hearing to 
explore issues related to the FAA's oversight of the commercial 
space transportation industry. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the FAA, members of the Commercial Space Transportation 
Advisory Committee, the director of civil aviation issues of 
the GAO, and the chief technology officer of World View 
Enterprises.
    6. Evaluation of FAA's Air Traffic Control Modernization. 
Since the early 1980's, the FAA has been working to modernize 
the air traffic control system and is currently implementing 
NextGen. FAA states that NextGen will result in greater 
airspace system efficiency; reduced noise exposure; reduced 
emissions and fuel burn; improved safety; increased accuracy 
and reliability in equipment and software used for navigation 
and air traffic control; and the capability for future computer 
enhancements. Over the years, the FAA's NextGen efforts have 
often been behind schedule and over budget. The Subcommittee 
will continue to monitor and examine the FAA's efforts to 
establish performance metrics, meet deadlines, stay within 
budget, ensure an appropriate level of aircraft equipage with 
NextGen avionics, and streamline implementation of the NextGen 
program.
    On February 25, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion on issues related to FAA's modernization and 
operation of the. national airspace. Participantsrepresented 
the DOT IG, A4A, AOPA, Honeywell, NATCA, and the Reason 
Foundation.
    On March 24, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine options for reforming ATC operations at the FAA. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from DOT IG; a former ATO 
official; the FAA MAC; a former White House National Economic 
Council, DOD, and Public Buildings Service official; a 
representative of A4A; NATCA; and the Reason Foundation.
    Per the Subcommittee's request, DOT IG conducted an audit 
entitled ``FAA Has Not Effectively Deployed Controller 
Automation Tools That Optimize Benefits of Performance-Based 
Navigation'' that assesses FAA's progress in developing and 
deploying new systems for NextGen, released on August 20, 2015.
    Per the Subcommittee's request, GAO conducted a review of 
FAA's actions to achieve the interoperability of NextGen with 
other countries' Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization 
efforts. The report, entitled, ``Improved Risk Analysis Could 
Strengthen FAA's Global Interoperability Efforts'' was publicly 
released on August 28, 2015.
    Per the Committee's request, GAO reviewed FAA's 
cybersecurity efforts in a report entitled, ``FAA Needs a More 
Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity as Agency 
Transitions to NextGen'' which was publicly released on April 
14, 2015.
    Per the Committee's request, the DOT IG conducted a review 
of the Congressional reforms to FAA, ``FAA Reforms Have Not 
Achieved Expect Cost, Efficiency and Modernization Outcomes,'' 
which was publicly released on January 15, 2016.
    The DOT IG is currently conducting an audit on ERAM as well 
as an audit on Crisis Response and Management.
    7. Airline Financial Position and Customer Service. Much of 
the last decade has been a difficult one for the airline 
industry. The cumulative impacts of 9/11, the severe acute 
respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, spikes in fuel prices, 
and the global recession have taken their toll, although the 
industry has been profitable over the last few years. Moreover, 
over the next decade, the FAA predicts that air traffic 
operations will increase. When the economy improves, passenger 
complaints about delays, cancellations, overbooking, customer 
service, and transparency in airfares and ancillary fees 
charged by airlines may rise again as passenger traffic 
rebounds. The Subcommittee will continue to examine 
opportunities to improve the airline industry's 
competitiveness, review recently established regulations to 
ensure the aviation system remains safe and accessible to the 
traveling public, and provide oversight of standards for 
passenger service.
    On May 21, 2015, the Subcommittee participated in a 
roundtable discussion on issues related to airport financing 
and development. Participants included the FAA, Ventura County 
Department of Airports, Moody's Investors Service, Southwest 
Airlines, and Tampa International Airport.
    Pursuant to Section 112 of FMRA 2012, the GAO released a 
report on January 12, 2015, that examined potential effects of 
an increased Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap along with 
alternative PFC collection methods. The report is entitled, 
``Raising Passenger Facility Charges Would Increase Airport 
Funding, but Other Effects Less Certain.''
    Per the Committee's request, GAO released a report entitled 
``FAA Should Implement Additional Risk-Management Practices in 
Forecasting Aviation Activity'' on March 16, 2016.

        Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

    1. Coast Guard Budget. The Coast Guard is currently 
functioning under a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2017 
which expires April 28, 2017. The continuing resolution 
provides funding for all Coast Guard accounts and activities at 
the fiscal year 2016 levels minus 0.496 percent. On February 8, 
2016, the President signed into law H.R. 4188, the Coast Guard 
Authorization Act of 2015, which authorized $9.1 billion for 
fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
    During the 114th Congress, the Subcommittee held hearings 
on the President's fiscal year 2016 and 2017 budget requests 
and considered legislation to authorize the Coast Guard. The 
Subcommittee explored ways to implement cost savings at the 
Service by leveraging efficiencies and eliminating waste, 
fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.
    On February 25, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Coast 
Guard, FMC and MARAD. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, 
the Administrator of MARAD, and the Chairman of the FMC.
    On March 15, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the fiscal year 2017 budget requests for the Coast 
Guard, FMC, and MARAD. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast 
Guard, the Administrator of MARAD, and the Chairman of the FMC.
    2. Coast Guard Acquisition. The Coast Guard is currently 
undergoing a major recapitalization of their oceangoing assets. 
The recapitalization will replace or modernize more than 90 
ships and 200 aircraft used to carry out the Service's missions 
beyond near coastal waters. It will also replace antiquated 
command, control, and communications systems. The program faces 
serious challenges related to schedule, and budget. The longer 
the acquisition program drags out the more resources are 
siphoned off to maintain existing assets. In many cases, those 
assets are at or beyond projected service life and are more 
difficult and expensive to maintain. The Subcommittee is 
concerned that delays in new asset acquisition, competing 
demands from shoreside infrastructure and other Coast Guard 
cutter capital needs, and the cost of legacy asset maintenance 
threaten the ability of the Service to complete this 
recapitalization.
    In the 114th Congress, the Subcommittee continued to 
closely review the program, as well as any changes to the 
program which may be necessary to ensure the men and women of 
the Coast Guard who risk their lives for our nation have the 
best equipment possible at the best price for the taxpayer.
    On July 23, 2013, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA), Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ), 
and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent a letter to the 
Secretary of Defense requesting the Department begin the 
transfer of 14 C-27J aircraft from the Air Force to the Coast 
Guard. The letter noted the transfer had the potential to 
provide up to $826 million in cost avoidance over the 
recapitalization program of record. The Subcommittee received 
this report on March 26, 2015 (GAO-15-325).
    On May 14, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing regarding 
the status of the Coast Guard's current acquisition program and 
examined the program's sustainability given the current 
budgetary climate. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard, GAO, and the Navy League of the United States.
    On January 22, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a 
letter to the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO 
review the Coast Guards maintenance plans for both the National 
Security (NSC) Cutter and Fast Response Cutter (FRC). 
Specifically, the Committee asked that GAO look at the Coast 
Guard's plans for acquiring spare parts for the cutters, if 
planned maintenance is on schedule, and if all maintenance 
plans will reflect adequate funding.
    On February 3, 2016, the held a hearing on the Status of 
Coast Guard Cutter Acquisition Programs. The Subcommittee will 
head testimony from the Coast Guard, CRS, GAO.
    On February 17, 2016, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a 
letter to the Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral regarding a 
January 2016 GAO report that highlighted deficiencies and 
mechanical problems with the NSC that will require retrofitting 
across the entire fleet. The Committee has requested that the 
Coast Guard respond with what steps are currently being taken 
to mitigate the identified problems as well as a cost estimate 
and timeline for such fixes.
    3. Mission Balance. The Subcommittee continues to have 
concerns with the Coast Guard's ability to balance funding and 
focus among the Service's many competing missions. Since 
September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has placed increasing 
emphasis on the Service's homeland security efforts which have 
had varying effects on levels of effort among its other 
missions. Security-related missions such as ports, waterways, 
and coastal security and migrant interdiction have seen 
dramatic increases from pre-September 11, 2001 levels. However, 
resources and man-hours devoted to missions such as drug 
interdiction and fisheries law enforcement are well below pre-
September 11, 2001 levels.
    In the 114th Congress, the Subcommittee conducted oversight 
of the Coast Guard's mission balance to ensure the Service 
reviews its many missions, makes decisions about which missions 
it cannot afford to undertake, and plan its resources 
allocation among its many missions appropriately.
    On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee and the Committee on 
Armed Services, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces 
held a joint hearing to review the latest unified maritime 
security strategy and examine how the Nation's three Sea 
Services intend to implement the updated policy. The 
Subcommittees heard testimony from the Navy, Marine Corps, and 
the Coast Guard.
    On April 15, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine how the Coast Guard allocates hours and resources among 
its multiple statutory missions, as well as how the Service 
measures mission performance. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Coast Guard's Deputy Commandant for Operations.
    On May 21, 2015, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member 
John Garamendi (D-CA) sent a letter to the Comptroller General 
requesting that the GAO review the Coast Guard's mission 
performance requirements. Specifically, the letter asks how the 
Coast Guard sets its annual performance goals and the extent to 
which the service is meeting its goals across its missions.
    On June 16, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the federal government's efforts to confront 
transnational drug smuggling and stem the flow of illegal drugs 
to the United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard and Southern Command.
    On June 14, 2016, Subcommittee held a hearing on Coast 
Guard Mission Needs and Resources Allocation. The Subcommittee 
heard testimony from the Coast Guard and GAO.
    On September 7, 2016, the Subcommittees on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation and Water Resources and Environment 
held a joint hearing to examine federal maritime navigation 
programs. The Subcommittees heard from the Coast Guard, the 
Corps, and NOAA.
    4. Maritime Domain Awareness. The effort to know what is 
happening at all times on the waters of the United States and 
aboard the vessels that transit them is known as Maritime 
Domain Awareness (MDA). The successful implementation of MDA is 
critical to maritime safety and security.
    The Coast Guard relies on several new and developing 
technologies to assist in implementing MDA. The Subcommittee is 
concerned with the ability and desire of the Coast Guard to 
assess new technologies in order to acquire maritime domain 
awareness information more efficiently and accurately.
    In the 114th Congress, the Subcommittee continued its 
oversight of the Service's, assessment, development and 
implementation of MDA technologies to ensure the best system is 
fielded in a timely manner and at the best price for the 
taxpayer. It will also examine the costs imposed on maritime 
users as part of the MDA program, and examine methods to reduce 
those costs.
    On June 26, 2013, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittees 
on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan 
Hunter (R-CA) sent a letter to the Comptroller General 
requesting a GAO study on what steps the Coast Guard is taking 
to implement Rotational Crewing Requirements on the National 
Security Cutter to achieve additional days at sea for the NSCs. 
The Subcommittee received the report from the GAO on March 6, 
2015.
    On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee and the Committee on 
Armed Services, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces 
held a joint hearing to review the latest unified maritime 
security strategy and examine how the Nation's three Sea 
Services intend to implement the updated policy. The 
Subcommittees heard testimony from the Navy, the Marine Corps, 
and the Coast Guard.
    On April 15, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine how the Coast Guard allocates hours and resources among 
its multiple statutory missions, as well as how the Service 
measures mission performance. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Coast Guard's Deputy Commandant for Operations.
    On June 16, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the federal government's efforts to confront 
transnational drug smuggling and stem the flow of illegal drugs 
to the United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard and Southern Command.
    On October 27, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
Prevention of and Response to the Arrival of a Dirty Bomb at a 
U.S. Port. The Subcommittee heard from the Coast Guard, the 
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Customs and Border 
Protection, GAO, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos 
National Laboratory, the American Association of Port 
Authorities, and the George J. Kostas Research Institute for 
Homeland Security.
    On October 28, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting a study on improving the performance and 
functions carried out by the Coast Guard's National Vessel 
Documentation Center and how to best reduce backlogs and 
balance the workload between commercial and recreational 
certificates of documentation.
    On July 7, 2016, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing with 
the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and 
Maritime Security to examine the efforts of the Department of 
Homeland Security to prevent nuclear smuggling in United States 
Ports (U.S.). The Subcommittees heard from the Coast Guard, the 
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Customs and Border 
Protection, National Nuclear Security Administration, GAO, Los 
Alamos National Laboratories, the Maryland Port Administration, 
and the Lake Carriers' Association.
    On July 12, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Coast 
Guard Arctic Implementation Capabilities. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from the Coast Guard, GAO, the Navy, CRS, 
the Shipbuilders Council of America, and the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies.
    5. Coast Guard Prevention and Response Activities. During 
the 114th Congress we will mark the fifth anniversary of the 
DEEPWATER HORIZON oil spill and the tenth anniversary of 
Hurricane Katrina. The Coast Guard played major roles in 
response to both of these events. The Service was the Federal 
On Scene Coordinator for DEEPWATER HORIZON, and the National 
Incident Commander was a Coast Guard Admiral. The Service also 
plays a major role in the prevention of oil spills. The Service 
rescued more than 30,000 Louisiana residents from Katrina's 
flood waters. The environmental assessment and cleanup from 
DEEPWATER HORIZON continues and economic consequences of the 
spill are still being calculated.
    In the 114th Congress, the Subcommittee continued to 
conduct oversight on lesson's learned in response to these 
crises, and on the capacity of the Coast Guard's prevention and 
response capabilities today. Oil spills, natural disasters, and 
mass migration events, all tax the Coast guard prevention and 
response systems and capabilities. The Subcommittee will 
continue to conduct oversight on Coast Guard prevention and 
response programs.
    On April 15, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine how the Coast Guard allocates hours and resources among 
its multiple statutory missions, as well as how the Service 
measures mission performance. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Coast Guard's Deputy Commandant for Operations.
    On June 16, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the federal government's efforts to confront 
transnational drug smuggling and stem the flow of illegal drugs 
to the United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
Coast Guard and Southern Command.
    On October 27, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
Prevention of and Response to the Arrival of a Dirty Bomb at a 
U.S. Port. The Subcommittee heard from the Coast Guard, the 
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Customs and Border 
Protection, GAO, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos 
National Laboratory, the American Association of Port 
Authorities, and the George J. Kostas Research Institute for 
Homeland Security.
    On July 7, 2016, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing with 
the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security to examine the 
efforts of the DHS to prevent nuclear smuggling in United 
States Ports (U.S.). The Subcommittees heard from the Coast 
Guard, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Customs and 
Border Protection, National Nuclear Security Administration, 
GAO, Los Alamos National Laboratories, the Maryland Port 
Administration, and the Lake Carriers' Association
    6. Short Sea Shipping. Short sea shipping is the waterborne 
movement of commercial freight between two ports in the United 
States or between ports in the United States and Canada. At the 
present time, the most highly developed water freight 
transportation systems in the United States operate on the 
Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence Seaway 
and often carry agricultural products and other raw materials. 
However, the Maritime Administration has found these routes are 
carrying only about 13% of total freight tonnage in the United 
States. By comparison, nearly 70% of the freight tonnage 
transported in the United States is moved by trucks travelling 
across our nation's roadways.
    The revitalization of our marine highways has the potential 
to reduce congestion on our highways and create new maritime 
industry jobs for Americans. The Subcommittee will continue to 
examine ways to expand the use of short sea shipping in the 
114th Congress.
    7. Ballast Water and Incidental Discharges. Due to a 2008 
Federal court decision, the discharge of ballast water and 
other ``discharges incidental to the normal operation of 
vessels'' such as bilge water, deck wash and air conditioning 
condensate are now regulated by the EPA under the Clean Water 
Act, as well as the Coast Guard under the National Invasive 
Species Act and an international convention. In addition, over 
25 states have put in place regulations to govern ballast water 
and other incidental discharges. The requirements of some of 
these states conflict with requirements in other states. This 
is severely complicating vessel operations, driving up costs, 
threatening jobs, and impeding the flow of commerce along our 
coast, Great Lakes, and inland rivers.
    The Subcommittee worked with the Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment to conduct oversight of this issue in 
the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee worked to set a single 
nationwide standard that ensures the efficient movement of 
maritime commerce, defends seafaring and port jobs, and 
protects the environment.
    On April 14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Maritime Transportation Safety and Stewardship Programs. The 
Subcommittee heard from the Coast Guard, the Transportation 
Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, 
Engineering, and Medicine, the American Waterways Operators, 
the International Cruise Victims Association, Inc., the 
Agriculture Transportation Coalition, and the National 
Association of Waterfront Employers.
    On April 29, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter 
(R-CA), sent a letter to the Coast Guard Commandant regarding 
the Service's decision to reject the most probable number (MPN) 
as an equivalent method for testing the efficacy of ballast 
water management systems (BWMS) that use ultraviolet light to 
render organisms unable to reproduce. The letter requests more 
information from the Coast Guard regarding actions being taken 
to issue an equivalency determination for the MPN method and 
clarifications on how the Coast Guard interprets relevant 
statutes and regulations regarding ballast water discharge 
standards.
    8. FMC and MARAD Budget. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction 
over FMC and the non-defense related programs of MARAD. The FMC 
is responsible for the economic regulation of waterborne 
foreign commerce and unfair shipping practices. MARAD oversees 
several programs related to defense readiness, as well as 
programs designed to promote and develop the domestic merchant 
marine industry.
    The Subcommittee continued to conduct oversight of the FMC 
and MARAD in the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee will explore 
ways to promote job growth in the domestic fleet while reducing 
costs at both agencies.
    On February 25, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Coast 
Guard, FMC, and MARAD. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast 
Guard, the Administrator of MARAD, and the Chairman of the FMC.
    On March 15, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the fiscal year 2017 budget requests for the Coast 
Guard, FMC, and MARAD. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast 
Guard, the Administrator of MARAD, and the Chairman of the FMC.
    On both March 3 and September 22, 2016, the Subcommittee 
held roundtable discussions with the Coast Guard, Navy, and 
Industry stakeholders to better identify ways and come up 
solutions for former military mariners to obtain Coast Guard 
mariner credentials once they leave military service. These 
listening also aimed to promote greater awareness of private 
sector opportunities in the Merchant Marine available to 
military veterans should be promoted. These discussions looked 
at present impediments limiting opportunities for military 
veterans and discussed options to improve the transferability 
and alignment of military experience to Coast Guard civilian 
maritime credentials and strategies to expand access to job 
opportunities in the civilian Merchant Marine.

 Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
                               Management

    1. Federal Courthouses. In June of 2010, GAO issued a 
report on the Federal courthouse program and found that of the 
33 courthouses built since 2000, there was 3.56 million square 
feet of extra space, costing the taxpayer $835 million plus $51 
million annually to operate and maintain. Since that time, the 
Judiciary developed a new review process to identify the need 
for new courthouses. In 2013, the Committee requested the 
Judiciary to apply the new process to the courthouses on its 5-
Year Courthouse Plan. The Judiciary completed the process in 
late 2014. The Subcommittee will continue its oversight of the 
authorization of new Federal courthouses, encourage the full 
implementation of courtroom sharing formulae, and place strict 
requirements on any proposed courthouses to minimize 
overbuilding and reduce costs. The Subcommittee will also 
closely oversee the progress made on courthouses already 
authorized to ensure they are constructed within the 
limitations placed upon them by the Committee and to ensure 
they stay below or within budget. The Subcommittee will also 
ensure that courthouse construction projects include credible 
judgeship projections; courtroom sharing in a robust and 
efficient fashion in accordance with the empirical courtroom 
use data collected by the Federal Judicial Center; and faithful 
adherence by the General Services Administration (GSA) to 
congressionally authorized square-footage limitations, as well 
as dollar limitations, when executing projects.
    a. GSA MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY--On February 9, 
2015, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Ranking 
Member Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that the GAO review GSA's management of 
federal real property assets. The letter asked for a review of 
the use of independent leasing authorities, lease-to-own 
options for federal buildings, and lower-cost alternatives for 
courthouse security.
    2. Leasing. During the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee 
held hearings and roundtables identifying the large number of 
GSA leases expiring in the next five years and examining GSA's 
process for addressing them. GSA currently leases 195 million 
rentable square feet--more than half of the GSA's total space 
inventory. The cost of leasing space accounts for more than 
half of the GSA's Federal Buildings Fund (FBF) annual expenses, 
totaling more than $5.4 billion annually. Over the next five 
years, more than 50% of GSA's leased space will expire, 
creating an opportunity to significantly reduce leasing costs 
to the taxpayer.
    In addition, in the 112th and 113th Congresses, problems 
with independent leasing authorities of agencies outside of GSA 
were made apparent. In 2010, the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (SEC), which has its own independent leasing 
authority, signed a sole-source 10-year lease for a state of 
the art building it later determined it did not need, binding 
the taxpayer to more than $500 million. The Subcommittee 
conducted an investigation and held hearings that revealed 
serious questions about SEC's management of its space and its 
leasing authority. In previous years, the Committee also found 
similar mismanagement by other agencies in which poor decisions 
on leases resulted in taxpayer dollars being wasted. And, more 
recently, questions about how the Department of Veterans 
Affairs (VA) has used its leasing authority has resulted in VA 
procurement of leases for its outpatient clinics and centers 
through GSA's leasing authorities. Because of these ongoing 
issues surrounding independent leasing authorities, the 
Subcommittee will continue its oversight of leases outside of 
GSA.
    a. OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAXPAYER SAVINGS: FEDERALLY LEASED 
OFFICE SPACE IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION--On February 6, 
2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable policy discussion to 
examine the unusual number of leases expiring in the National 
Capital Region over the next five years, the status of 
replacement leases, and opportunities to reduce the amount of 
space and the costs to the taxpayer. Participants included GSA, 
the Department of Justice, DHS, HHS, and private sector 
experts.
    b. OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAXPAYER SAVINGS: FEDERALLY LEASED 
OFFICE SPACE IN GSA'S SOUTHEAST REGION--On March 16, 2015, the 
Subcommittee held a field roundtable policy discussion in 
Atlanta, Georgia, to examine the unusual number of leases 
expiring in GSA's Southeast Region over the next five years, 
the status of replacement leases, and opportunities to reduce 
the amount of leased space and the costs to the taxpayer. 
Participants included the GSA, SSA, IRS, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, FBI, and a private sector expert.
    c. OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAXPAYER SAVINGS: FEDERALLY LEASED 
OFFICE SPACE IN GSA'S NORTHEAST REGION--On June 23, 2015, the 
Subcommittee held a field roundtable policy discussion in New 
York, New York, to examine the unusual number of leases 
expiring in the GSA's Northeast Region over the next five 
years, the status of replacement leases, and opportunities to 
reduce the amount of space and the costs to the taxpayer. 
Participants included GSA, DHS, SSA, and the IRS.
    d. SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY REDUCING FEDERAL OFFICE SPACE 
COSTS--On March 1, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine and conduct oversight of major GSA construction 
projects funded or proposed to be funded from the GSA Federal 
Buildings Fund, GSA's authorities to carry out real estate 
transactions for the federal government, and options for 
reducing federal office space costs and saving taxpayer 
dollars. The hearing specifically reviewed FBI Consolidation, 
and the Federal Courthouse Construction Program. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Judicial Conference of 
the United States, GSA, FBI, and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-
MD).
    e. INDEPENDENT LEASING AUTHORITIES: INCREASING OVERSIGHT 
AND REDUCING COSTS OF SPACE LEASED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES--On July 
6, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to examine GAO's 
reports on federal agencies with leasing authorities 
independent of GSA and the use and potential taxpayer benefits 
of options to purchase real estate negotiated in GSA lease 
agreements. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the GAO, the 
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, GSA, and the Smithsonian 
Institution.
    f. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS LEASES: IS THE VA OVER-
PAYING FOR LEASED MEDICAL FACILITIES?--On September 28, 2016, 
the Subcommittee held a hearing to examine GAO's report on the 
VA's leasing for health care facilities and alignment of its 
practices with those of the GSA. The hearing explored the 
findings of that report, the progress and timing on the VA 
lease prospectuses to be submitted to the Committee, and 
efforts to ensure the costs associated with the facilities are 
managed appropriately. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
the GAO, the VA, and GSA.
    g. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS LEASING--On April 9, 
2015, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA), Ranking 
Member Andre Carson (D-IN), and other members sent a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting that the GAO review the VA's 
management of leased real property assets.
    h. LEASING SUPPORT SERVICE DRAFT SOLICITATION--On April 14, 
2015, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, 
and Emergency Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA) sent a 
letter to the Acting General Services Administrator requesting 
GSA increase transparency in the evaluation and award processes 
under the final Leasing Support Service solicitation.
    i. H.R. 4487, THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS REFORM AND SAVINGS ACT 
OF 2016--H.R. 4487 directs the GSA to establish and conduct a 
leasing pilot program through 2021 to reduce costs of leased 
space and significantly reduce or eliminate the backlog of 
expiring leases over the next five years. Authorizes the GSA to 
submit prospectuses for leases and projects to Congress for 
approval and to include certain costs associated with agency 
relocation and buildout. The bill provides for approval by 
congressional resolution of any expenses associated with 
administering an acquisition by exchange, including services 
with a fair market value of $2.85 million or more. The bill 
requires GSA to justify the need for new or replacement 
building space, including an explanation of why such space 
could not be consolidated into owned or leased space, and to 
notify the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works if the 
cost, scope, or size of any project changes by five percent or 
more. The bill terminates the authority for any lease or 
project unless it is initiated not later than five years after 
congressional authorization. The bill was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta on February 8, 2016, and marked up by 
the Committee on March 2, 2016. On May 23, 2016, the bill was 
considered in the House under suspension of the Rules and 
agreed to by voice vote. It is pending in the Senate.
    3. Real Property Management. The management of Federal Real 
Property has been on the GAO's High Risk list since 2003 due to 
a number of mismanagement issues including the overreliance on 
costly leasing to meet long-term space needs and underused or 
vacant space. In addition, with nearly half of GSA's assets 
over 50 years old, GSA has faced challenges maintaining a 
balanced inventory, draining Federal resources and costing more 
to maintain old buildings that are often inefficient. While 
commercial leasing may be advisable in many cases, GSA is often 
driven to costly operating leases when ownership may be less 
costly to the taxpayer. Office of Management and Budget budget 
scorekeeping rules are key drivers on ``own vs. lease'' asset 
decision-making. Current budget scorekeeping rules generally 
leave GSA with only two options for meeting the Federal 
Government's general purpose space needs: direct appropriations 
for new construction or long-term leases. In addition, with 
tight budget constraints and the lack of funds for new 
construction, GSA has begun exploring alternative arrangements 
for space acquisition and redevelopment.
    During the 113th Congress, the Subcommittee held 
roundtables on how Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) could be 
used as alternative methods of financing space. In addition, 
the Committee established a Public Private Partnership Panel 
that explored the use of P3s across various types of 
infrastructure, including public buildings. The P3 Panel 
recommended, among other things: 1) Review and modify budgetary 
scoring rules for commercially-leased office space to enable 
operating lease treatment of long-term leases and fixed-priced, 
below market purchase options; and 2) Fully utilize existing 
lease authorities and OMB budgetary scoring procedures to 
proceed with long-term ground lease/lease back arrangements 
where the Federal government retains ownership of leasehold 
improvements at the end of the ground-lease term.
    In 2013, OMB issued a directive to agencies called ``Freeze 
the Footprint.'' That directive requires agencies to reduce 
their amount of office and warehouse space to fiscal year 2012 
levels. The Subcommittee will continue to conduct 
investigations and oversight of GSA's management of its real 
property portfolio and examine ways to ensure cost-effective 
choices are made. In addition, the Subcommittee will work to 
ensure GSA maximizes the utilization of existing space, 
renegotiates existing leases to reduce costs, and sells under-
used or vacant properties which will generate revenue. Finally, 
the Subcommittee will work to ensure GSA fully utilizes its 
enhanced property management authority to make better use of 
space it retains, such as out-leasing empty Federal space to 
generate income for the Federal Buildings Fund and help offset 
costs. The Subcommittee will conduct close oversight of GSA's 
use of these authorities to ensure they are managed and used 
appropriately.
    a. SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN FEDERAL REAL ESTATE: REDUCING 
THE GOVERNMENT'S SPACE FOOTPRINT--On June 16, 2015, the 
Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the issue of 
underutilized and vacant federal properties, costs to the 
taxpayer of such properties, challenges to selling or disposing 
of unneeded real property, and methods by which the federal 
government can reduce its space footprint and save taxpayer 
dollars by addressing those challenges. Participants included 
GSA, OMB, and Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Congressman 
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
    b. BORDER STATION CONSTRUCTION: MINIMIZING COSTS AND 
LEVERAGING PRIVATE DOLLARS--On May 18, 2016, the Subcommittee 
held a hearing to examine and conduct oversight of construction 
and upgrades at land ports of entry. The hearing focused on 
GSA's and CBP's current and planned land ports of entry 
projects authorized by the Committee, as well as how non-
federal and private dollars can be leveraged, including through 
the Public-Private Partnership pilot program established in the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act on 2014. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from GSA, DHS, the Coalition for America's Gateways 
and Trade Corridors, and the Border Trade Alliance.
    c. GSA MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY--On February 9, 
2015, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Ranking 
Member Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that the GAO review the GSA's management of 
federal real property assets. The letter asked for a review of 
the use of independent leasing authorities, lease-to-own 
options for federal buildings, and lower-cost alternatives for 
courthouse security.
    d. SOUTHEAST FEDERAL CENTER GROUND LEASE AGREEMENT--On 
February 8, 2016, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-
PA), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a 
letter to the Public Building Service Commissioner requesting 
clarification on ground lease agreements between the GSA and 
Forest City Washington.
    e. H.R. 4465, THE FEDERAL ASSETS SALE AND TRANSFER ACT OF 
2016--H.R. 4465 establishes a Public Buildings Reform Board to 
identify opportunities for the federal government to 
significantly reduce its inventory of civilian real property 
and reduce costs. The bill was introduced by Congressman Jeff 
Denham (R-CA) on February 4, 2016, and marked up by the 
Committee on March 2, 2016. On May 23, 2016, the bill was 
considered in the House under suspension of the Rules and 
agreed to by voice vote. It is pending in the Senate.
    4. Capital Investment and Leasing Program (CILP). As part 
of the Committee's annual work to review and authorize GSA's 
requests for authority to repair, alter, construct and lease 
property for use by federal agencies, the Subcommittee will 
review each prospectus presented to the Committee and recommend 
approval only after the Subcommittee is satisfied that the 
requests are cost-effective and in the best interest of the 
government. The Subcommittee will work aggressively with GSA 
and tenant agencies to shrink the space footprint where 
appropriate.
    a. COMMITTEE RESOLUTIONS--During the 114th Congress the 
Committee continued to cut waste and lower the cost of federal 
property and leases. In calendar years 2015 and 2016, the 
Committee approved 101 GSA resolutions resulting in a total 
saving of $1,286,362,418.
    b. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION CONSOLIDATION--On July 13, 
2016, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA), and Congressman John L. Mica (R-FL) sent a 
letter to the Public Building Service Commissioner regarding a 
prospectus for the Herbert C. Hoover building included in GSA's 
fiscal year 2016 Capital Investment and Leasing Program. The 
letter requested a housing plan for the prospectus that 
includes the relocation of FTC headquarters from the Apex 
Building to the Herbert C. Hoover building.
    5. Federal Protective Service (FPS). As a part of the 
Homeland Security Act of 2002, the FPS was transferred from the 
Public Buildings Service of GSA to DHS. However, responsibility 
for the protection of federal buildings, generally, remains 
with FPS within DHS. The Subcommittee will continue to monitor 
and review the policies, procedures and requirements of 
security at public buildings.
    a. H.R. 4487, THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS REFORM AND SAVINGS ACT 
OF 2016--H.R. 4487 authorizes DHS contract security personnel 
to carry firearms and to detain individuals, and directs DHS to 
establish training standards for security personnel. DHS is 
also directed to report on the personnel needs of the Federal 
Protective Service, and the best method of funding for the FPS. 
The bill was introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) on 
February 8, 2016, and marked up by the Committee on March 2, 
2016. On May 23, 2016, the bill was considered in the House 
under suspension of the Rules and agreed to by voice vote. It 
is pending in the Senate.
    6. Major Development Projects. The construction of the DHS' 
headquarters is a multi-billion dollar Federal construction 
project that, when completed, will relocate much of DHS 
operations in the District of Columbia area into one campus 
located at the historic St. Elizabeths Hospital site in the 
Southeast quadrant of the District. While the Coast Guard 
headquarters has been completed, additional work is planned. In 
addition, various DHS components remain in leased space until 
the phased construction is completed. The Subcommittee plans to 
continue close oversight of this major project and its 
associated leases to guard against waste, and ensure jobs are 
maintained and/or created accordingly throughout the project.
    In addition, there are a number of other proposed major 
construction and development projects that utilize alternative 
methods of acquiring space, such as GSA's exchange authority. 
This includes the proposed new FBI headquarters and the 
redevelopment of Federal Triangle South. In addition, the 
redevelopment of the Old Post Office is ongoing. The 
Subcommittee plans to conduct close review and oversight of 
these major development projects, particularly examining how 
GSA is utilizing its exchange authority in this context.
    a. ST. ELIZABETHS RESOLUTION--The Committee approved two 
GSA Resolutions in the 114th Congress authorizing the DHS 
headquarters consolidation program at St. Elizabeths. 
Resolution PDC-0002-WA16 and Resolution PDC-0002-WA17 were 
approved by the Committee on July 23, 2015 and May 25, 2016, 
respectively. These resolutions authorize projects to 
consolidate the DHS headquarters at the St. Elizabeths site, 
improving space utilization and reducing costs.
    7. Architect of the Capitol (AOC). The subcommittee will 
continue ongoing oversight of projects being undertaken by the 
AOC pursuant to the Master Plan for the Capitol Complex. 
Consistent oversight will ensure proper prioritization and cost 
savings.
    a. CAPITAL CONCERTS AUDIT--On September 8, 2015, Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-
PA) and Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice 
Miller (R-MI) sent a letter to the Comptroller General 
requesting that the GAO audit all concerts hosted by Capital 
Concerts, Inc. in the Capitol Buildings or Capitol Grounds for 
the previous three years.
    8. Smithsonian Institution Facilities. The Subcommittee 
will continue its oversight of projects undertaken by the 
Smithsonian Institution including the acquisition, construction 
and use of local and remote museums, research and storage 
facilities of the Institution. The Subcommittee will continue 
to ensure cost-effective solutions to the Smithsonian's space 
needs such as leveraging private dollars and disposal or 
effective reuse of underused assets. In addition, the 
Smithsonian is currently in the process of constructing the 
National Museum of African American History and Culture. 
Continued oversight of the construction is important to ensure 
the project stays within budget and on schedule.
    a. INDEPENDENT LEASING AUTHORITIES: INCREASING OVERSIGHT 
AND REDUCING COSTS OF SPACE LEASED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES--On July 
6, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the GAO's 
reports on federal agencies with leasing authorities 
independent of the GSA and the use and potential taxpayer 
benefits of options to purchase real estate negotiated in GSA 
lease agreements. The Subcommittee heard testimony from the 
GAO, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the GSA, and the 
Smithsonian Institution.
    9. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a 
part of its ongoing oversight of the Kennedy Center's programs, 
the Subcommittee will regularly review the construction, 
alteration, and modernization activities of the Kennedy Center 
that are conducted using Federal funds to ensure appropriate 
management and cost savings.
    a. H.R. 1473, THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER REAUTHORIZATION 
ACT OF 2015--H.R. 1473 authorizes appropriations through Fiscal 
Year 2020 for maintenance, repair, and security, and capital 
projects for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing 
Arts. The bill was introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-
PA) on March 19, 2015, and referred to the Subcommittee. The 
bill was marked up by the Committee on April 15, 2015.
    10. Emergency Management. The Subcommittee will continue to 
examine and evaluate the Nation's ability to prevent, prepare 
for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters 
and emergencies of all types including terrorism. In the 114th 
Congress, continued oversight will be needed as states continue 
to be impacted by and recover from prior disasters, such as 
Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the Subcommittee will continue 
its oversight of FEMA's implementation of reforms and 
additional authorities from the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act 
of 2013 and the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 
2006.
    The Subcommittee intends to initiate a comprehensive review 
and assessment of how Federal disaster assistance has evolved 
over the past several decades and its continued effectiveness. 
The purpose is to examine how and why disaster declarations and 
spending have increased, which agencies provide assistance and 
how that money is spent, what guidance or controls are in place 
for the effective use of assistance, and what the appropriate 
role for the Federal Government is.
    a. REBUILDING AFTER THE STORM: LESSENING IMPACTS AND 
SPEEDING RECOVERY--On January 27, 2015, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing to launch an assessment of the rising costs of 
disasters, the cost effectiveness of disaster assistance, 
strategies to reduce disaster losses, and the appropriate roles 
of government and the private sector; and to consider reforms 
to save lives through improved alerts and warning systems and 
search and rescue. The Subcommittee heard testimony from FEMA, 
CRS, the National Emergency Managers Association, and the 
International Association of Fire Chiefs.
    b. WHAT IS DRIVING THE INCREASING COSTS AND RISING LOSSES 
FROM DISASTERS?--On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee held a 
roundtable policy discussion to examine and discuss data 
related to disaster costs, the trends observed over time, and 
the projections for the future given the policies in place 
today. Participants included FEMA, CRS, GAO, and experts from 
academia and the private sector.
    c. PACIFIC NORTHWEST SEISMIC HAZARDS: PLANNING AND 
PREPARING FOR THE NEXT DISASTER--On May 19, 2015, the 
Subcommittee held a hearing to assess FEMA's role in earthquake 
hazard preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery; and to 
examine the efforts of the Pacific Northwest and seismic hazard 
experts to reduce disaster impacts and build stronger 
communities. The Subcommittee received testimony from FEMA and 
leaders in engineering and seismology.
    d. THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA AND FEMA REGION III ARE 
LEADERS IN MITIGATING DISASTER COSTS AND LOSSES--On May 28, 
2015, the Subcommittee held a field roundtable policy 
discussion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to examine disaster 
costs and losses, focusing on hazards impacting Pennsylvania 
and the region, and to identify best practices for mitigating 
and avoiding disaster impacts. Participants included 
representatives from FEMA, the State of Pennsylvania, the 
University of Pennsylvania, and city and county officials.
    e. FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE: ROLES, PROGRAMS AND 
COORDINATION--On June 17, 2015, the Subcommittee held a 
roundtable policy discussion to examine and discuss federal 
disaster assistance programs, the requirements and 
effectiveness of those programs, and coordination among various 
agencies and stakeholders. Participants included FEMA, the 
Corps, HUD, FTA, GAO, and experts from state and local 
government.
    f. WORKSHOP ON MITIGATION AND THE COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM--
On September 2, 2015, the Subcommittee held a field workshop in 
Sunbury, Pennsylvania, to examine how local communities can 
implement flood mitigation measures and take advantage of the 
Community Rating System to reduce risk and loss and drive down 
costs. The workshop featured presentations from FEMA, the 
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Dauphin County, the 
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and 
SEDA-Council of Governments regarding their lessons learned, 
the resources available, and how to address challenges and 
limitations.
    g. EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: 
PREPARING FOR THE BIG ONE--On September 22, 2015, the 
Subcommittee held a field roundtable policy discussion in 
Eugene, Oregon, to discuss earthquake resiliency programs and 
efforts, the Shake Alert earthquake early warning system, and 
next steps for developing an offshore earthquake early warning 
system. Participants included representatives from FEMA, the 
United States Geological Service, NOAA, Oregon State 
University, and University of Oregon.
    h. BLACKOUT! ARE WE PREPARED TO MANAGE THE AFTERMATH OF A 
CYBER-ATTACK OR OTHER FAILURE OF THE ELECTRICAL GRID?--On April 
14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to explore the risks, 
vulnerabilities and consequences of a prolonged, widespread 
power outage. The hearing was intended to clarify the primary 
federal roles, authorities and resources available to help 
communities after such a disaster, particularly at the local 
level, and to assess the efforts and coordination among the 
participants in the electrical power sector, including 
planning, preparedness and mitigation efforts, response and 
recovery capabilities, information sharing, and standards 
setting. The Subcommittee heard testimony from FEMA, the 
Department of Energy, DHS's National Protection and Programs 
Directorate, CRS, the North American Electric Reliability 
Corporation, and a representative from the electrical industry.
    i. CONTROLLING THE RISING COST OF FEDERAL RESPONSES TO 
DISASTER--On May 12, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine and discuss data related to disaster costs, the trends 
observed over time, and the projections for the future. The 
hearing surveyed current policies, including current federal 
disaster assistance programs and their requirements and 
effectiveness, and explored potential solutions and the 
principles that should be driving solutions to lower the 
overall costs of disasters and to help avoid devastating 
losses. The Subcommittee heard testimony from FEMA, National 
Emergency Management Association, National Institute of 
Building Sciences, National Association of Counties, and the 
Build Strong Coalition.
    j. AN EXAMINATION OF FEMA'S LIMITED ROLE IN LOCAL LAND USE 
DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS--On September 21, 2016, the Full 
Committee held a hearing to examine FEMA's role and authorities 
under the National Flood Insurance Program, their impact on 
local land-use development decisions, and the national 
implications of those decisions. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from FEMA, the State of Oregon, and public and 
private stakeholders.
    k. REVIEW OF FEDERAL DISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAMS--On 
February 2, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Comptroller 
General asking to be included as co-requesters in a GAO review 
initiated by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Jack 
Reed (D-RI) on federal disaster mitigation programs, 
specifically resilience efforts in Hurricane Sandy recovery, 
FEMA hazard mitigation efforts, and HUD's Community Development 
Block Grant-Disaster Relief.
    l. PROVISIONS OF THE FY2016 HOMELAND SECURITY 
APPROPRIATIONS BILL--On March 25, 2015, Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a letter to the Committee on 
Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman John 
R. Carter (R-TX) and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-
CA) regarding provisions of the fiscal year 2016 Department of 
Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The letter requested 
that the bill prohibit funding the Principal Federal Officer 
position during a Stafford Act declaration, and that the bill 
fund Emergency Management Performance Grant program at current 
levels.
    m. REVIEW OF FEMA'S PUBLIC ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM--On 
December 15, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), and Senate Committee on Homeland 
Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and 
Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) sent a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting that the GAO review FEMA's 
ability to effectively and efficiently administer the Public 
Assistance Grant Program, and what steps FEMA is taking to 
address program challenges.
    n. PROVISIONS OF THE FY2017 HOMELAND SECURITY 
APPROPRIATIONS BILL--On March 23, 2016, Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a letter to the Committee on 
Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman John 
R. Carter (R-TX) and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-
CA) regarding provisions of the fiscal year 2017 DHS 
Appropriations bill. The letter requested that the bill 
prohibit funding the Principal Federal Officer position during 
a Stafford Act declaration, and that the bill fund Emergency 
Management Performance Grant program at current levels.
    o. PROVISIONS OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 DHS APPROPRIATIONS 
BILL--On March 23, 2016, Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chairman Lou 
Barletta (R-PA) and Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) sent a 
letter to the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on 
Homeland Security Chairman John R. Carter (R-TX) and Ranking 
Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) regarding provisions of the 
fiscal year 2017 DHS Appropriations bill. The letter requested 
that the bill fund the Pre-disaster Mitigation Program at 
current levels.
    p. DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO TRIBES--On April 18, 
2015, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman 
Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), 
sent a letter to the Comptroller General requesting that the 
GAO review how certain sections of the Sandy Recovery 
Improvement Act of 2013 have affected Indian tribes.
    q. PUBLIC LAW 114-143 (S.1180/H.R. 1472), THE INTEGRATED 
PUBLIC ALERT AND WARNING SYSTEM MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2015--P.L. 
114-143 modernizes the integrated public alert and warning 
system to help ensure that under all conditions the President, 
federal agencies, and state, tribal, and local governments can 
alert and warn the civilian population in areas endangered by 
natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made 
disasters or threats to public safety. H.R. 1472 was introduced 
by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) on March 19, 2015, and was 
marked up by the Committee on April 15, 2015. S. 1180 was 
introduced by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on May 4, 2015, and 
passed the Senate on July 9, 2015. The bill was passed by the 
House on March 21, 2016, and signed by the President on April 
11, 2016, becoming Public Law 114-143.
    r. H.R. 1471, THE FEMA DISASTER REFORM ACT OF 2015--H.R. 
1471 reauthorizes the FEMA through fiscal year 2018, 
reauthorizes and clarifies the Urban Search and Rescue Response 
System, and includes policy changes that result in more 
efficient and effective implementation of disaster assistance 
and mitigation programs. H.R. 1471 was introduced by 
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) on March 19, 2015, and was 
marked up by the Committee on April 15, 2015. On February 29, 
2016, the bill was considered in the House under suspension of 
the rules and agreed to by voice vote. It is pending in the 
Senate. On December 7, 2016, S. 2971, the National Urban Search 
and Rescue Response System was considered under suspension of 
the rules, amended and agreed to by 405-7. The Senate agreed to 
the House amendment by Unanimous Consent. S. 2791 was presented 
to the President on December 14, 2016.
    s. S. 612, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE NATION 
ACT (WIIN)--Sec. 5002 of the Act reauthorizes the Denali 
commission through 2021. THE DAM REHABILITATION AND REPAIR ACT 
OF 2015 was enacted as Sec. 5006 and amends the National Dam 
Safety Program Act to add a dam rehabilitation program to 
provide grants to high hazard potential dams. S. 612 was 
considered under a rule, amended and passed 360-61 on December 
8, 2016. The bill was then laid before the Senate. On December 
10, the Senate agreed to the House amendment to S. 612, 78-21, 
and on December 14, it was presented to the President.

                  Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

    1. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-
21) Implementation. MAP-21 reauthorized federal surface 
transportation programs for the first time since 2005. Enacted 
in July 2012, MAP-21 represents an investment in the Nation's 
transportation infrastructure that translates into safer 
travel, more efficient commerce, faster project approval and 
delivery, and the creation of thousands of jobs. To inform the 
Members' discussion regarding drafting the next surface 
transportation reauthorization bill, the Subcommittee's 
oversight activities in the 114th Congress continued to focus 
on implementation of MAP-21, specifically in the following 
areas: streamlining project delivery, performance and 
accountability, transportation planning, New Starts program, 
transit safety oversight, public transportation emergency 
relief program, and research and transportation technologies 
activities.

Activities

    On May 27, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Highways 
and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member 
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that the GAO review the FTA's application 
evaluation and selection processes for grant recipients of the 
Emergency Relief Program.
    Also on May 27, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), along with Subcommittee on Highways 
and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member 
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting that the GAO review how the FHWA and states 
are implementing changes made by MAP-21 to bridge projects in 
terms of how they are managed, funded, and prioritized.
    On August 18, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) along with 30 
Representatives wrote a letter to the DOT to request a 
performance measure on greenhouses gases be excluded from the 
final rule on ``National Performance Management Measures; 
Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, 
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and 
Freight Movement on the Interstate System.''
    2. Sustainability of Surface Transportation Programs. The 
federal highway, highway safety, and public transportation 
programs are user-fee financed through federal excise taxes 
levied on motor fuels and on various highway-related products 
such as tires and heavy trucks. Revenues from these user fees 
are deposited into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and may be used 
only for eligible transportation projects and activities. 
Projections showed that the cash balances in the HTF's Highway 
Account and Mass Transit Account would drop below prudent 
levels sometime in fiscal year 2015. The Subcommittee monitored 
the status and solvency of the HTF, and its ability to fully 
fund the programs authorized under MAP-21 and to meet future 
surface transportation investment needs.

Activities

    On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed by the President. The 
FAST Act ensures that the HTF can meet its obligations through 
fiscal year 2020.
    3. Regulatory Oversight.
    a. Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program. The FMCSA 
CSA Program uses existing safety data collected by FMCSA and 
state agencies to target enforcement activities at truck and 
bus companies based on crash risk, as measured by a history of 
safety violations. In February 2014, GAO issued a report 
identifying serious flaws with the methodology and data quality 
of the Safety Measurement System, a key component of the CSA 
program, and made recommendations to the DOT. The FAST Act 
requires FMCSA to implement a corrective action plan to address 
deficiencies in the CSA program identified by GAO and the 
National Academies. The FAST Act requires FMCSA to remove from 
its website the CSA scores of certain motor carriers until the 
Inspector General of the DOT certifies that the corrective 
action plan has been implemented. On the date of enactment of 
the FAST Act, FMCSA removed the CSA scores from its website. 
The Subcommittee continued to monitor FMCSA's progress in 
carrying out the FAST Act mandates to reform the CSA program.

Activities

    On April 29, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled 
``The Future of Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety: Technology, 
Safety Initiatives, and the Role of Federal Regulation.'' The 
purpose of the hearing was to review the status of commercial 
motor vehicle safety. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
representatives of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers 
Association, the American Trucking Associations, the Commercial 
Vehicle Safety Alliance, the United Motorcoach Association, and 
the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
    On April 13, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion entitled ``Implementing Motor Carrier Provisions of 
the FAST Act.'' The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss 
the implementation of the motor carrier provisions in the FAST 
Act. The Subcommittee heard from representatives of the FMCSA, 
American Trucking Associations, Owner-Operator Independent 
Drivers Association, Greyhound Lines, Inc., Commercial Vehicle 
Safety Alliance, and the Advocates for Highways and Auto 
Safety.
    b. Hours of Service (HOS). On December 27, 2011, FMCSA 
issued a final rule revising the HOS requirements for 
commercial truck drivers. The HOS rule limits a truck driver's 
work week to 70 hours, 11 hours of daily driving time, a 
maximum driving window of 14 consecutive hours, and stipulates 
that drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without 
first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. In addition, the 
rule requires truck drivers to take a ``34-hour restart'' in 
order to restart the clock on their work week. The ``34-hour 
restart'' provision must overlap during two periods between 
1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The HOS rule became effective on July 
1, 2013. In a March 31, 2014, letter to the Comptroller 
General, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) requested GAO to evaluate and 
report to the Committee on the validity of the key assumptions, 
data, and methodology used by the FMCSA in its Regulatory 
Impact Analysis (RIA), which was completed as part of the 
agency's HOS rulemaking. The GAO issued its report on July 29, 
2015. In the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus, Consolidated and Further 
Continuing Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-235), Congress 
temporarily suspended the 34-hour restart provision contained 
in the 2011 rule until September 30, 2015, or upon submission 
of the report required by the Secretary on the impact of this 
provision, whichever comes later. The Consolidated 
Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016 (P.L. 114-113) 
continued the suspension and further stipulated that the report 
had to demonstrate that the proposed rule improved safety, 
operator fatigue, and driver health and longevity before the 
rule could be implemented. However, P.L. 114-113 also provides 
that if the report does not meet the aforementioned criteria, 
drivers' ability to use the 34-hour restart will be suspended 
in its entirety. The Further Continuing and Security Assistance 
Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 114-223) includes language to 
make clear that in the absence of a report demonstrating the 
required improvements, the modifications made to the 34-hour 
restart in 2011 would be permanently suspended. The Secretary 
has yet to provide the report to Congress. The Subcommittee 
continued to monitor the effectiveness and impacts of the HOS 
rule.

Activities

    On April 29, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled 
``The Future of Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety: Technology, 
Safety Initiatives, and the Role of Federal Regulation.'' The 
purpose of the hearing was to review the status of commercial 
motor vehicle safety. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 
representatives of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers 
Association, the American Trucking Associations, the Commercial 
Vehicle Safety Alliance, the United Motorcoach Association, and 
the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
    On April 13, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable 
discussion entitled ``Implementing Motor Carrier Provisions of 
the FAST Act.'' The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss 
the implementation of the motor carrier provisions in the FAST 
Act. The Subcommittee heard from representatives of the FMCSA, 
American Trucking Associations, Owner-Operator Independent 
Drivers Association, Greyhound Lines, Inc., Commercial Vehicle 
Safety Alliance, and the Advocates for Highways and Auto 
Safety.
    c. National Roadside Survey. The National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducts a national roadside 
survey to gather information and data about alcohol and drug 
impaired driving in the United States every ten years. The 2013 
study drew criticism from local law enforcement agencies and 
individual citizens among others. Specifically, concerns were 
raised about whether it was clear to the public that 
participation in the survey was voluntary, that law enforcement 
personnel on scene were off-duty, and whether participants were 
subject to arrest.

Activities

    On December 4, 2015, the FAST Act was signed by the 
President. The FAST Act requires NHTSA to ensure that 
participants understand that the survey is voluntary. The 
Subcommittee continued to monitor NHTSA's implementation of the 
FAST Act.
    4. Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 Budget Requests. The 
Subcommittee reviewed and evaluated the administration's fiscal 
year 2016 and 2017 budget requests for the Office of the 
Secretary of Transportation, FHWA, the FTA, FMCSA, and NHTSA.

     Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

    1. DOT Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 Budgets. The Subcommittee 
will review and evaluate the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 budget 
proposals for the FRA, Amtrak, STB, the Railroad Retirement 
Board, the National Mediation Board, and the PHMSA.
    2. Reauthorization of the FRA's Rail Infrastructure 
Programs. The FRA administers several rail infrastructure 
programs, including the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement 
Financing (RRIF) loan program, the High-Speed Intercity 
Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, and the Rail Line Relocation 
and Improvement Capital Grant (RLR) program. RRIF is a direct 
and guaranteed loan program for rail and rail-intermodal 
infrastructure projects with $35 billion in loan authority. The 
HSIPR program is a consolidation of two capital grant programs 
authorized in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act 
of 2008 (PRIIA)--the intercity passenger rail service grants to 
states, and the high-speed rail corridor development grants. 
These programs were appropriated a total of $10.1 billion and 
many of the projects are entering into the construction phase. 
The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of these rail 
infrastructure programs and the ongoing construction of 
projects throughout the country as grantees begin to build-out 
their projects.
    On February 3, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on how 
the changing energy markets will affect transportation in the 
United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony on issues 
related to the Nation's energy renaissance and what the growth 
in production means for the transportation system of the United 
States. The Subcommittee received testimony from energy, 
pipeline, railroad, and railcar manufacturer stakeholders 
regarding their investment and views of the nexus between 
energy production, private infrastructure investment, and 
safety.
    On December 3, 2013, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) requested 
that the DOT OIG assess FRA's policies and procedures for 
negotiating and amending HSIPR grant agreements, and evaluate 
FRA's oversight procedures for ensuring grant agreement terms 
are met. Chairman Denham's request was made because of concerns 
about FRA's agreement to allow the expenditure of Federal funds 
for the California high speed rail project in advance of 
required state matching funds. On April 1, 2015, the DOT 
released its report, making 5 recommendations to FRA to improve 
its stewardship of Federal funds, including better 
documentation of policy and procedures, and an amendment to 
Agency policy to establish a process for defining and assessing 
risk prior to executing amendments.
    On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed by the President. 
Title XI of the FAST Act reauthorized FRA's rail infrastructure 
programs.
    3. Reauthorization of Amtrak. The Amtrak Reform and 
Accountability Act of 1997 fundamentally altered the statutory 
status of Amtrak, a corporation, by freeing Amtrak from a 
variety of detailed statutory restrictions governing the 
company's route system, capital structure, labor relations, and 
corporate governance. In 2008, PRIIA established more reforms 
and operational improvements along with authorizing 
appropriations for Amtrak capital grants, operating grants, and 
the Amtrak Inspector General. The Subcommittee continues to 
oversee Amtrak's performance and expenditure of its federal 
subsidy to ensure taxpayers receive a return on their 
investment in the corporation.
    On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed by the President. 
Title XI of the FAST Act reauthorized Amtrak and the Amtrak 
Inspector General.
    4. Pipeline Safety Programs. The Pipeline Safety, 
Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 reauthorized 
federal pipeline safety programs through fiscal year 2015. It 
provided for enhanced safety and reliability in pipeline 
transportation and ensures regulatory certainty, which will 
help create a positive environment for job development. The 
Subcommittee will continue to conduct oversight of the Office 
of Pipeline Safety at PHMSA regarding implementation of the 
act.
    On February 3, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on how 
the changing energy markets will affect transportation in the 
United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony on issues 
related to the Nation's energy renaissance and what the growth 
in production means for the transportation system of the United 
States. The Subcommittee received testimony from energy, 
pipeline, railroad, and railcar manufacturer stakeholders 
regarding their investment and views of the nexus between 
energy production, private infrastructure investment, and 
safety.
    On April 14, 2015, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on rail, pipeline, and hazardous materials rulemakings. 
The Subcommittee received testimony from the FRA, PHMSA, and 
the NTSB on matters relating to current railroad, pipeline, and 
hazardous material rulemakings.
    On July 28, 2015, the Subcommittee participated in a 
roundtable on innovations in pipeline technology. The purpose 
of the roundtable was to examine innovative technologies that 
improve the safety and efficiency of the United States pipeline 
network. Participants included representatives from Marathon 
Pipe Line, the Pipeline Research Council International, General 
Electric, and the NTSB.
    On February 25, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
reauthorizing the Pipeline Safety Act of 2011. The Subcommittee 
received testimony on the status of the 2011 Act mandates, as 
well as the need for a reauthorization of PHMSA's pipeline 
safety program.
    On June 22, 2016, H.R. 4937, the Protecting our 
Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 
2016 was signed into law. The PIPES Act is a four-year 
reauthorization of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 
Administration's (PHMSA) pipeline safety programs. H.R. 4937 
improves pipeline safety, enhances the quality and timeliness 
of agency rulemakings, and promotes better usage of data and 
technology to improve pipeline safety. The PIPES Act requires 
PHMSA to set Federal minimum safety standards for underground 
natural gas storage facilities, and allows states to go above 
those standards for intrastate facilities. It also revises 
liquefied natural gas facilities, and improves the agency's 
data collection through an information sharing system, 
establish an integrated pipeline safety database, and improving 
damage prevention. H.R. 4937 improves safety by authorizing 
emergency order authority that is tailored to the pipeline 
sector, taking into account public health and safety, network, 
and customer impacts. Additionally, it ensures that pipeline 
operators receive timely post-inspection information from PHMSA 
to allow them to maintain and improve their safety efforts.
    5. Hazardous Materials Safety Programs. MAP-21 reauthorized 
PHMSA's hazardous materials safety programs. MAP-21 secured 
regulatory reforms, enhanced hazardous materials safety and 
enforcement, and improved training, data collection, and 
research. As PHMSA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety 
continues implementation of MAP-21, the Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight on that progress.
    On February 3, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing on how 
the changing energy markets will affect transportation in the 
United States. The Subcommittee heard testimony on issues 
related to the Nation's energy renaissance and what the growth 
in production means for the transportation system of the United 
States. The Subcommittee received testimony from energy, 
pipeline, railroad, and railcar manufacturer stakeholders 
regarding their investment and views of the nexus between 
energy production, private infrastructure investment, and 
safety.
    On April 14, 2015, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on rail, pipeline, and hazmat rulemakings. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from the FRA, PHMSA, and the 
NTSB on matters relating to current railroad, pipeline, and 
hazardous material rulemakings.
    On July 28, 2015, the Subcommittee participated in a 
roundtable on innovations in pipeline technology. The purpose 
of the roundtable was to examine innovative technologies that 
improve the safety and efficiency of the United States pipeline 
network. Participants included representatives from Marathon 
Pipe Line, the Pipeline Research Council International, General 
Electric, and the NTSB.
    On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed by the President. 
Title VII of the FAST Act reauthorized hazardous materials 
safety programs.

            Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

    1. Clean Water Act and Water Infrastructure Programs. 
Continued improvement of water quality will likely require a 
combination of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches, as 
well as continued investment in the implementation of water 
quality-related and water infrastructure programs. The 
Subcommittee's oversight will focus on issues related to these 
regulatory and non-regulatory approaches and water 
infrastructure investment.
    The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of the 
implementation of various regulatory and permitting programs 
under the CWA, including how the EPA and the Corps implement 
these programs in conjunction with the states. This includes 
oversight of issues involving the establishment and 
implementation of water quality standards, total maximum daily 
loads, and effluent limitations, dealing with discharges of oil 
or hazardous substances, permitting of point source discharges 
of pollutants under the National Pollutant Discharge 
Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, and permitting of 
discharges of dredged or fill materials under the CWA section 
404 permit program. Oversight also will include an examination 
of federal and state policies and efforts to address the 
presence of nutrients in waters under the CWA and other federal 
statutes, science and data quality issues, and continued 
efforts to improve the management of combined and sanitary 
sewer overflows, stormwater, and nonpoint source pollution.
    In addition, the Subcommittee will conduct oversight of 
wastewater treatment and water pollution control funding 
issues, including levels and sources of funding and management 
of grant and loan programs; wastewater security; and 
infrastructure needs.
    The Subcommittee also will pursue and examine finding 
innovative ways to finance new and replacement of old water 
infrastructure projects; providing states, counties, and towns 
with additional tools and flexibility to address local 
environmental challenges; and address local affordability 
concerns. As part of this, oversight may include a review of 
the effectiveness of watershed, market, and performance-based 
approaches to addressing local water pollution concerns.
    Further, the Subcommittee's oversight will include a review 
of the EPA's implementation of integrated approaches to 
municipal stormwater and wastewater management through EPA's 
integrated planning approach framework. The Subcommittee may 
investigate whether non-regulatory approaches, such as water 
quality trading and other market-based approaches, and other 
innovative approaches undertaken by state and local 
governments, could result in improvements to the environment.
    Moreover, the Subcommittee may review the implications of 
addressing, through traditional CWA permitting requirements, 
certain pollutant discharges, including discharges of 
pesticides, ballast water and incidental discharges from 
vessels, stormwater, and water transfers.

 IMPACTS OF THE PROPOSED WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES RULE ON STATE AND 
                           LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

    On February 4, 2015, the Committee held a joint hearing 
with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to 
review a joint EPA and the Corps proposed rulemaking to 
redefine the regulatory term ``waters of the United States'' 
under the CWA. The Committee heard testimony from the EPA, the 
Corps, State of Oklahoma, the National Association of State 
Departments of Agriculture, National Association of Counties, 
Clear Creek County, Colorado, and New York State Environmental 
Protection Bureau.

THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET: ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES FOR 
                THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

    On March 18, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the EPA's fiscal year 2016 budget request, as well as 
administration priorities for consideration by the Subcommittee 
as part of its legislative and oversight agenda for the first 
session of the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from EPA.

                          SECTION 319 PROGRAM

    On August 17, 2015, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a study to determine 
if the EPA properly addressed GAO's recommendations in a May 
2012 report on implementation of the section 319 program, and 
to determine if the funds being appropriated to the program are 
being effectively used to address nonpoint source issues and 
improve water quality around the Nation. On July 14, 2016, GAO 
released report GAO-16-697R entitled ``Environmental Protection 
Agency: Status of Efforts to Address Nonpoint Source Water 
Pollution through the Section 319 Program''.

                       SECTION 404(C) PERMITTING

    On November 20, 2015, Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote a letter to the EPA 
requesting information on section 404(c) permitting process and 
EPA's use of section 404(c) veto authority. The purpose of this 
request was to further understand how the agency's actions will 
impact the many activities dependent upon section 404 permits. 
The requested documents were received.

                  EPA'S USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

    On February 19, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Subcommittee on 
Water Resources and Environment Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote 
a letter to Director of OMB requesting information of GAO's 
legal opinion concerning EPA's use of social media platforms. 
This letter furthered the Subcommittee's oversight activities 
related to the final waters of the United States rule. The 
requested documents were not received.

 REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--COLUMBIA RIVER 
                                 BASIN

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the Columbia 
River Basin. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--SAN FRANCISCO BAY

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the San 
Francisco Bay. The GAO report is expected in the 115th 
Congress.

   REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--PUGET SOUND

    On June 16, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the Puget 
Sound. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

REVIEW OF REGIONAL WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS--LONG ISLAND SOUND

    On June 16, 2016 Committee on Transportation and 
infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member 
Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter to the Comptroller 
General requesting GAO to review the federal water quality 
improvement and ecosystem restoration efforts in the Long 
Island Sound. The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.
    2. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Program. The 
Subcommittee will review efforts to improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the organization, management, and mission of 
the civil works program of the Corps, including the selection, 
planning, and implementation of water resources projects; 
financing of harbor and inland waterways infrastructure, and 
utilization of large, medium, and small harbors; the backlog of 
uninitiated Corps construction projects, including 
prioritization of projects; asset management of projects in its 
operation and maintenance account, including existing and 
future levels of service; and efforts to improve the 
efficiency, effectiveness, and consistent implementation of the 
agency's regulatory programs, including those pertaining to 
wetlands (including the scope and procedural and substantive 
requirements of the permitting programs) and dredging 
activities. The Subcommittee will review the Corps' 
implementation of provisions of the Water Resources Reform and 
Development Act of 2014, including those that were intended to 
streamline the project planning and project delivery process.
    Continued investments in our Nation's infrastructure will 
create jobs and support a healthy economy. The Subcommittee 
will focus on getting projects for the Nation built more 
efficiently and cost effectively, thereby more quickly 
delivering project benefits to the public, while ensuring 
compliance with existing planning and environmental laws.
    The Subcommittee initiated a study to be carried out by GAO 
to review water storage pricing at Corps facilities.

                        AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

    Section 1039 of the Water Resources Reform and Development 
Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014) (P.L. 113-121) requires GAO to carry 
out an assessment of the costs incurred by federal agencies in 
combating aquatic invasive species and the funding provided to 
the agencies for these activities. On November 30, 2015, GAO 
released report GAO-16-49 entitled ``Aquatic Invasive Species: 
Additional Steps Could Help Measure Federal Progress in 
Achieving Strategic Goals''.

                          RESERVOIR OPERATIONS

    Section 1046 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to carry out a review of Corps' reservoir project operations to 
ensure greater efficiencies related to flood, drought, and 
storm conditions. On July 26, 2016, GAO released report GAO-16-
685 entitled ``Army Corps of Engineers: Additional Steps Needed 
for Review and Revision of Water Control Manuals''.

             INLAND WATERWAY TRUST FUND REVENUE COLLECTION

    Section 2003 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to review the efficiency of revenue collection related to the 
fuel tax charged on commercial operators on the Nation's inland 
waterway system, to determine if current methods result in full 
compliance with the law. On July 29, 2016, GAO released report 
GAO-16-682 entitled ``Inland Waterways Fuel Tax: Additional 
Data Could Enhance IRS's Efforts to Ensure Taxpayer 
Compliance''.

                       INLAND WATERWAYS OVERSIGHT

    Section 2007 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) instructed the 
GAO to report to Congress on the challenges associated with the 
Olmsted Lock and Dam project. The GAO report is expected in the 
115th Congress.

                              LEVEE SAFETY

    Section 3016 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires the GAO 
to carry out a review of opportunities to better align federal 
programs to provide incentives promoting shared responsibility 
for levee safety. On July 26, 2016, GAO released report GAO-16-
709 entitled ``Army Corps and FEMA Have Made Little Progress in 
Carrying Out Required Activities''.

             MANAGEMENT OF FLOOD, DROUGHT, AND STORM DAMAGE

    Section 3024 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) instructed GAO to 
review the Corps' policies and practices related to water 
resources management in response to floods, storms, and 
droughts to ensure it is taking appropriate measures to prepare 
for and respond to these extreme events. On July 22, 2015, GAO 
released report GAO-15-660 entitled ``Army Corps of Engineers: 
Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events''.

                             MISSOURI RIVER

    Section 4003 of WRRDA 2014 (P.L. 113-121) requires GAO to 
review the progress made by federal agencies in snowpack and 
soil moisture monitoring and associated data collection in the 
Missouri River Basin. On June 9, 2015, GAO released report GAO-
15-558R entitled ``Missouri River Basin: Agencies' Progress 
Improving Water Monitoring is Limited''.

                               DAM SAFETY

    On June 12, 2014, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and then Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a review of the 
Corps' dam safety/cost-sharing issues, such as differences 
between the Corps' dam safety assurance program and its dam 
safety rehabilitation program, who typically pays the non-
federal cost-share and how those non-federal cost-shares are 
delineated, and how the Corps determines whether a dam safety 
project is to be carried out using construction or operation 
and maintenance funds and how that determination impacts the 
overall cost-share. On December 10, 2015, GAO released report 
GAO-16-106 entitled ``Army Corps of Engineers: Actions Needed 
to Improve Cost Sharing for Dam Safety Repairs''.

                         WATER STORAGE PRICING

    On June 12, 2014, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and then Ranking 
Member Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV) wrote a letter to the 
Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a review of the 
Corps' water storage pricing strategy, how water relocation may 
impact storage prices, how storage prices differ from contract 
to contract, and whether or not formulas for storage pricing 
create results that make it cost-prohibitive for municipalities 
to contract for storage with the Corps. The GAO report is 
expected in the 115th Congress.

  A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE 
  UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

    On April 22, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Corps and 
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), as well as the 
administration's priorities for consideration in the 
Subcommittee's legislative and oversight agenda for the first 
session of the 114th Congress. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Corps and TVA.

   ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AFTER ENACTMENT: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WATER 
              RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2014

    On June 10, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
the progress of implementation of WRRDA 2014. The Subcommittee 
heard testimony from the Corps.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF PORT, WATERWAY, FLOOD CONTROL, AND ECOSYSTEM 
RESTORATION IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NATION'S ECONOMY: CONCEPTS FOR THE NEXT 
                    WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT

    On November 13, 2015, the Subcommittee held a roundtable in 
New Orleans, Louisiana, to review federal and non-federal 
activities related to the planning, construction, operation, 
and maintenance of the Nation's water resources infrastructure. 
The roundtable also served as an initiation of the Water 
Resources Development Act 2016 process. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration 
Authority, president of St. John Parish, Louisiana, National 
Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, 
National Waterways Conference, American Association of Port 
Authorities, Waterways Council, Inc., and Greater New Orleans, 
Inc.

 A REVIEW OF UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REPORTS TO CONGRESS 
       ON FUTURE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND CHIEF'S REPORTS

    On February 24, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review 23 pending Corps Chief's Reports that had been submitted 
to Congress since the passage of WRRDA 2014 and the process the 
Corps undertakes when developing its projects and activities 
authorized by Congress that benefit the Nation. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Army (Civil Works) and 
the Corps.

 A REVIEW OF UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REPORTS TO CONGRESS 
   ON FUTURE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND CHIEF'S REPORTS, PART 2

    On May 17, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
the four Chief's Reports and six Post-Authorization Change 
Reports submitted to Congress since the last Subcommittee 
hearing on Chief's Reports on February 24, 2016, and the 
process the Corps undertakes when developing its projects and 
activities authorized by Congress that benefit the Nation. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Corps.

   FEDERAL MARITIME NAVIGATION PROGRAMS: INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND 
                          TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

    On September 7, 2016, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing 
with the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation to review federal maritime navigation programs. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from the Coast Guard, the 
Corps, and NOAA.

 A REVIEW OF UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REPORTS TO CONGRESS 
   ON FUTURE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND CHIEF'S REPORTS, PART 3

    On September 15, 2016, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the two Chief's Reports and two Post-Authorization 
Change Reports submitted to Congress since the last 
Subcommittee hearing on Chief's Reports on May 17, 2016 and the 
process the Corps undertakes when developing its projects and 
activities authorized by Congress that benefit the Nation. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Corps.
    3. EPA--Superfund/Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act and Brownfields. The Superfund 
program under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) is aimed at cleaning 
up land in the United States that has been contaminated by 
hazardous waste and poses a risk to human health and/or the 
environment. The Brownfields program was authorized under the 
Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act 
(which amended CERCLA). The Brownfields program is aimed at 
enhancing state, local, and private-sector cleanups of 
properties, the redevelopment or reuse of which may be 
complicated by the presence or potential presence of a 
contaminant. Unaddressed brownfields and Superfund sites drive 
down property values and tax revenues, pose potential human 
health concerns, and can deter reinvestment in cities and 
towns. The Brownfields program protects from Superfund 
liability many parties engaged in voluntary brownfields 
cleanups, and supports state and local brownfields assessment 
and cleanup activities and state voluntary cleanup programs. 
The Subcommittee's oversight will focus on issues related to 
implementation of the Superfund and Brownfields programs.
    The Subcommittee will review efforts to improve the 
efficiency and effectiveness of the contaminated site cleanup 
process and the process of assessing natural resources damages.
    In addition, the Subcommittee will review the liability, 
financing, and settlement mechanisms and procedures under the 
current Superfund program, including implementation of the 
Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization 
Act. This will include evaluating the need for additional 
liability protections for innocent parties.
    The Subcommittee also will review the role of the states in 
conducting and financing cleanups, and review the relationships 
among the states, EPA, and other federal entities in 
implementing the Superfund and Brownfields Programs. Further, 
the Subcommittee's oversight will include a review of ongoing 
federal, state, and local efforts to revitalize brownfields, 
including through the implementation of the Small Business 
Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Finally, 
the Subcommittee will work to promote state, local, and private 
efforts to clean up and redevelop Superfund and brownfields 
sites.

HELPING REVITALIZE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM

    On July 22, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
stakeholder opinions on the Brownfields Program. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from EPA, Ohio Environmental 
Protection Agency, U.S. Conference of Mayors, TRC Companies, 
Inc., National Ground Water Association, and Maryland 
Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

    ABANDONED MINES IN THE UNITED STATES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GOOD 
                           SAMARITAN CLEANUPS

    On October 21, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the problem of abandoned mines in the United States and 
opportunities to remediate abandoned mines through non-federal 
participation. The Subcommittee heard testimony from EPA, 
Interstate Mining Compact Commission, National Association of 
Abandoned Mine Land Programs, National Mining Association, 
Keystone Policy Center, Trout Unlimited, and Earthworks.
    4. Tennessee Valley Authority. The Subcommittee will review 
the management of the TVA and its programs, including its 
energy program and operations in the current marketplace and 
the impact of TVA debt on its long-term goals.
    Until mid-2006, the TVA had made significant payments on 
its long-term debt in an attempt to reduce its total financing 
obligations. Since 2006, however, TVA's debt has begun to 
steadily climb to levels that may place the taxpayer at risk. 
TVA's debt is statutorily capped at $30 billion and at the end 
of fiscal year 2014 carried just over $23.6 billion in total 
debt. The Subcommittee may initiate a review of TVA's 
commitment to long-term financial sustainability to lessen the 
risk posed to bondholders, ratepayers, and the taxpayer.
    The Subcommittee will revisit TVA's debt reduction 
activities and variables that impact their debt reduction 
strategies.

  A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE 
  UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

    On April 22, 2015, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Corps and 
TVA, as well as the administration's priorities for 
consideration in the Subcommittee's legislative and oversight 
agenda for the first session of the 114th Congress. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the Corps and TVA.

             TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY FINANCIAL VIABILITY

    On June 5, 2015, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote a letter to 
the Comptroller General requesting GAO conduct a review of 
TVA's debt status, its plans for reducing this debt and whether 
those plans are reasonable, and its current financial status. 
The GAO report is expected in the 115th Congress.

        TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY PENSION SYSTEM MODIFICATIONS

    On April 11, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a 
letter to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 
Tennessee Valley Authority, expressing concerns with, and 
requesting information about, a Tennessee Valley Authority 
Retirement System Board of Directors' plan to modify the 
pension systems of more than 30,000 federal employees. A 
response was received on April 22, 2016.

   TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY COAL ASH IMPOUNDMENT SITE CLOSURE PLANS

    On August 18, 2016, Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a 
letter to the President and Chief Executive Officer of 
Tennessee Valley Authority, expressing concerns with, and 
requesting information about, a June 2016 TVA Record of 
Decision detailing TVA's plants to close TVA coal ash 
impoundment sites. A response was received on September 19, 
2016.

      Hearings Held Pursuant to Clauses 2(n)(o) and (p) of Rule xi

    114-1 ``Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization: 
Reforming and Streamlining the FAA's Regulatory Certification 
Processes.'' Full Committee. January 21, 2015
    114-5 ``Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying 
the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation, Part 
1.'' Full Committee. February 11, 2015
    114-7 ``Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization: 
Enabling a 21st-Century Aviation System.'' Subcommittee on 
Aviation. March 3, 2015
    114-8 ``Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying 
the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation, Part 
2.'' Full Committee. March 17, 2015
    114-11 ``Options for Federal Aviation Administration Air 
Traffic Control Reform.'' Subcommittee on Aviation. March 24, 
2015
    114-17 ``Coast Guard Major Acquisitions.'' Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. May 14, 2015
    114-20 ``One-Year Anniversary After Enactment: 
Implementation of the Water Resources Reform and Development 
Act of 2014.'' Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. 
June 10, 2015
    114-22 ``Saving Taxpayer Dollars in Federal Real Estate: 
Reducing the Government's Space Footprint.'' Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management. June 16, 2015
    114-23 ``The State of Positive Train Control Implementation 
in the United States.'' Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, 
and Hazardous Materials. June 24, 2015
    114-27 ``The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: A Review 
of the Progress and Challenges in Restoring the Great Lakes.'' 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. September 30, 
2015
    114-32 ``The Status of Coast Guard Cutter Acquisition 
Programs.'' Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation. February 3, 2016
    114-36 ``Saving Taxpayer Dollars by Reducing Federal Office 
Space Costs.'' Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
Buildings, and Emergency Management. March 1, 2016
    114-40 ``Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Responses 
to Disaster.'' Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
Buildings, and Emergency Management. May 12, 2016
    114-42 ``Border Station Construction: Minimizing Costs and 
Leveraging Private Dollars.'' Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. May 
18, 2016
    114-43 ``Improving the Safety and Reliability of the 
Washington Metro.'' Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. May 
24, 2016
    114-45 ``A Review of the Federal Aviation Administration's 
Air Traffic Controller Hiring, Staffing and Training Plans.'' 
Subcommittee on Aviation. June 15, 2016
    114-47 ``Independent Leasing Authorities: Increasing 
Oversight and Reducing Costs of Space Leased by Federal 
Agencies.'' Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
Buildings, and Emergency Management. July 6, 2016
    114-50 ``Continued Oversight of the California High-Speed 
Rail Project.'' Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
Hazardous Materials. August 29, 2016
    114-54 ``Department of Veterans Affairs Leases: Is the VA 
Overpaying for Leased Medical Facilities?'' Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency 
Management. September 28, 2016

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