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116th Congress    }                                 {    Rept. 116-393
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session       }                                 {           Part 1

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HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUS) HOMELAND SECURITY 
                            PARTNERSHIPS ACT

                                _______
                                

February 6, 2020.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, from the Committee on Homeland Security, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 1494]

    The Committee on Homeland Security, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 1494) to strengthen partnerships between 
historically Black colleges and universities and minority-
serving institutions and the Department of Homeland Security, 
and for other purposes, having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill 
as amended do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose and Summary..............................................     3
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     3
Hearings.........................................................     5
Committee Consideration..........................................     5
Committee Votes..................................................     7
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     8
C.B.O. Estimate, New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and 
  Tax Expenditures...............................................     8
Federal Mandates Statement.......................................     8
Duplicative Federal Programs.....................................     8
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............     8
Congressional Earmarks, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff 
  Benefits.......................................................
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................     9
Committee Correspondence.........................................    11

    The amendment is as follows:
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act''.

SEC. 2. DEPARTMENT-WIDE STRATEGY FOR ENHANCED PARTNERSHIPS WITH 
                    HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND 
                    MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS.

  Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, 
the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, 
and Plans of the Department, shall--
          (1) issue a Department-wide strategy to enhance partnerships 
        with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-
        serving institutions that includes yearly goals, including 
        goals related to improving recruitment and hiring, research and 
        development, and acquisition opportunities at such 
        institutions, through fiscal year 2025; and
          (2) require the head of each component of the Department to--
                  (A) not later than 150 days after the date of the 
                issuance under paragraph (1) of the Department-wide 
                strategy, develop a component-specific action plan to 
                implement such strategy;
                  (B) monitor progress on such implementation; and
                  (C) not later than one year after the date of such 
                issuance, report to the Secretary regarding progress on 
                such implementation.

SEC. 3. ENHANCEMENT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS.

  The Secretary shall seek to enhance partnerships with historically 
Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions with 
respect to administering the research and development activities of the 
Department by, among other things--
          (1) encouraging the participation of such colleges, 
        universities, and institutions in the research, development, 
        testing, and evaluation programs and activities of the 
        Department;
          (2) facilitating partnerships between such colleges, 
        universities, and institutions and private sector stakeholders, 
        national laboratories, and other academic institutions in areas 
        important to homeland security, including cybersecurity, 
        emergency management, and counterterrorism; and
          (3) distributing funds through Science and Technology 
        Directorate grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to 
        such colleges, universities, and institutions for enhancements 
        in areas important to homeland security, including 
        cybersecurity, emergency management, and counterterrorism.

SEC. 4. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES PARTNERSHIPS.

  Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, 
the Secretary, acting through the Chief Human Capitol Officer of the 
Department, shall make available to historically Black colleges and 
universities and minority-serving institutions a current list of 
internship, fellowship, scholarship, and recruitment opportunities 
within the Department for students and recent graduates of such 
colleges, universities, and institutions.

SEC. 5. OPPORTUNITIES FOR 8(A) PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS.

  (a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Small Business 
Administration shall publish eligibility criteria on how historically 
Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions may 
qualify to participate in Federal acquisitions authorized pursuant to 
section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a); Public Law 
85-536).
  (b) Department Actions.--Upon publication of eligibility criteria in 
accordance with subsection (a), the Secretary shall disseminate 
information to historically Black colleges and universities and 
minority-serving institutions regarding--
          (1) how to establish such eligibility; and
          (2) current and future opportunities to participate in 
        Federal acquisitions authorized pursuant to section 8(a) of the 
        Small Business Act.

SEC. 6. ANNUAL REPORT.

  (a) Annual Report.--Not later than December 31, 2020, and annually 
thereafter through 2026, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on 
Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on 
the efforts of the Department to partner with historically Black 
colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions to carry 
out this Act.
  (b) Reporting Requirements.--The annual reports required under 
subsection (a) shall include the following:
          (1) A list of awards, including the corresponding monetary 
        value for each such award, to historically Black colleges and 
        universities and minority-serving institutions, disaggregated 
        by grant, contract, cooperative agreement, and other research 
        development test and evaluation activity, initiative, and 
        program.
          (2) A description of how the Department is partnering with 
        historically Black colleges and universities and minority-
        serving institutions under the programs referred to in sections 
        3 and 5, and how such programs have helped such colleges, 
        universities, and institutions participate in acquisitions with 
        the Department.
          (3) A summary of outreach efforts to historically Black 
        colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions, 
        and an identification of any Department programs and 
        initiatives in which such colleges, universities, and 
        institutions are under-represented among institutions of higher 
        education.
          (4) A description of the status of efforts made by the 
        Department pursuant to sections 2 and 4, including--
                  (A) for section 2, Department-wide goals pursuant to 
                the Department-wide strategy to enhance partnerships 
                with historically Black colleges and universities and 
                minority-serving institutions under such section, and 
                the status of efforts to implement action plans 
                throughout the Department to carry out such strategy; 
                and
                  (B) for section 4, participation rates in each 
                internship, fellowship, scholarship, and recruitment 
                opportunity referred to in such section, listed by 
                historically Black college and university and minority-
                serving institution so participating.
          (5) A list of memoranda of understanding entered into by the 
        Department with historically Black colleges and universities 
        and minority-serving institutions and information on the 
        parties and scope of each such memorandum of understanding.

SEC. 7. DEFINITIONS.

  In this Act:
          (1) Department.--The term ``Department'' means the Department 
        of Homeland Security.
          (2) Historically black colleges and universities.--The term 
        ``historically Black colleges and universities'' means a part B 
        institution described in section 322(2) of the Higher Education 
        Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1061(2)).
          (3) Institution of higher education.--The term ``institution 
        of higher education'' has the meaning given such term in 
        section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 
        1001).
          (4) Minority-serving institutions.--The term ``minority-
        serving institutions'' means an institution of higher education 
        described in section 371(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 
        (20 U.S.C. 1067q(a)).
          (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means Secretary of 
        Homeland Security.

                          PURPOSE AND SUMMARY

    H.R. 1494, the ``Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act'' would 
require the Department of Homeland Security (the Department or 
DHS) to issue a strategy with yearly goals for enhancing its 
partnerships with HBCUs and minority-serving institutions 
(MSIs). The bill also requires DHS to monitor and report on the 
implementation of the strategy to ensure the Department's 
progress in providing contracting, research and development, 
and internship and career opportunities to HBCUs and MSIs and 
their students or recent graduates. Additionally, H.R. 1494 
requires the Administrator of the Small Business Administration 
to publish eligibility criteria on how HBCUs and MSIs may 
qualify to participate in Federal acquisitions under the 8(a) 
small business program. The ``HBCUs Homeland Security 
Partnerships Act'' has bipartisan support as it was introduced 
by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS-02) and Rep. Blaine 
Luetkemeyer (R-MO-03).

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    In recognition of the contribution that HBCUs have made to 
the prosperity and general welfare of this country, President 
Carter established a Federal program to strengthen and expand 
the capacity of HBCUs in 1980.\1\ The next year, President 
Reagan signed Executive Order 12320, which established the 
White House Initiative on HBCUs, an initiative to expand on the 
program established under the Carter Administration to ``set 
into motion a government wide effort to strengthen our nation's 
HBCUs.''\2\ Succeeding presidents have signed executive orders 
to renew the initiative. In February 2017, President Trump 
issued Executive Order 13779 to provide equitable opportunities 
for HBCUs to participate in Federal programs.\3\
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    \1\``White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities,'' Department of Education, https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/
about-us/.
    \2\Id.
    \3\Executive Order 13779, Presidential Executive Order on The White 
House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically 
Black Colleges and Universities (February 28, 2017), https://
www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-
white-house-initiative-promote-excellence-innovation-historically-
black-colleges-universities/.
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    In accordance with Executive Order 13779, DHS submitted a 
plan to the Department of Education that detailed its efforts 
to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to participate in DHS 
programs and initiatives.\4\ In it, the Department indicated 
that its existing programs, which were geared towards engaging 
with HBCUs and increasing the pipeline of talent, are being 
underutilized.\5\ Specifically, the U.S. Coast Guard's College 
Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative experienced a 63.82 
percent decrease in applications from HBCU students in fiscal 
year 2018.\6\ This is particularly concerning given the U.S. 
Coast Guard Academy's historic diversity challenges, where only 
two percent of the 2017 graduating class identified as Black or 
African American.\7\
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    \4\Department of Homeland Security, Annual Plan on Executive Agency 
Actions to Strengthen the Capacity of Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities (HBCUs) to compete for Federal and Private Sector 
Opportunities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (May 29, 2018).
    \5\Id.
    \6\Id.
    \7\Chris Soto, U.S. Coast Guard Academy blindingly white (June 9, 
2017), http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-coast-guard-
diversity-20170610-story.html.
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    In addition to Coast Guard initiatives, the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Institute 
(EMI), an entity that provides all hazards training and courses 
that may be accessed by students enrolled in emergency 
management degree-granting programs, has also had challenges 
engaging HBCUs and MSIs. In fiscal year 2019, only 18 percent 
of the 26,674 students that EMI serviced were minorities.\8\ 
This lack of diverse participation in EMI has real-world 
implications for communities of color. With natural disasters 
occurring with greater frequency and intensity, the impact of 
disasters is projected to affect coastal communities of color 
the hardest.\9\ As many HBCUs are located in hurricane-prone 
areas, it is imperative that these institutions access EMI 
disaster response and recovery training.
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    \8\``Fact Sheet: Emergency Management Institute,'' Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
    \9\Goulda A. Downer, ``Homeland Security and Emergency Management 
Studies: Where Are the HBCUs?'' The Journal of Blacks in Higher 
Education. July 5, 2018. Accessed on November 22, 2019. Available at: 
https://www.jbhe.com/2018/07/homeland-security-and-emergency-
management-studies-where-are-the-hbcus/.
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    H.R. 1494 would strengthen partnerships between the 
Department and HBCUs and MSIs by requiring that DHS' strategy 
for encouraging HBCU and MSI participation in Department 
programs and activities include specific, measurable goals to 
be met annually through fiscal year 2025. The bill also 
requires the head of each DHS component to develop a component-
specific action plan to implement the Department-wide strategy, 
monitor implementation progress, and report to the Secretary of 
Homeland Security (the Secretary) on the progress of 
implementation.

                                HEARINGS

    For the purposes of section 103(i) of H. Res. 6. of the 
116th Congress, the following hearing was used to develop H.R. 
1494:
           On April 3, 2019, the Committee held a 
        hearing entitled ``Ensuring Effective and Efficient 
        Operations: A Review of The Fiscal Year 2020 DHS 
        Management Directorate Budget Request.'' The Committee 
        received testimony from Chip Fulghum, Deputy Under 
        Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland 
        Security; and Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security 
        and Justice Team, Government Accountability Office.

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    The Committee met on January 29, 2020, with a quorum being 
present, to consider H.R. 1494 and ordered the measure to be 
reported to the House with a favorable recommendation, as 
amended, by unanimous consent.
    The following amendment was offered and agreed to by 
unanimous consent:
    An amendment offered by Mr. Thompson.
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Historically Black Colleges 
and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act''.

SEC. 2. DEPARTMENT-WIDE STRATEGY FOR ENHANCED PARTNERSHIPS WITH 
                    HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND 
                    MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS.

    Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for 
Strategy, Policy, and Plans of the Department, shall--
          (1) issue a Department-wide strategy to enhance 
        partnerships with historically Black colleges and 
        universities and minority-serving institutions that 
        includes yearly goals, including goals related to 
        improving recruitment and hiring, research and 
        development, and acquisition opportunities at such 
        institutions, through fiscal year 2025; and
          (2) require the head of each component of the 
        Department to--
                  (A) not later than 150 days after the date of 
                the issuance under paragraph (1) of the 
                Department-wide strategy, develop a component-
                specific action plan to implement such 
                strategy;
                  (B) monitor progress on such implementation; 
                and
                  (C) not later than one year after the date of 
                such issuance, report to the Secretary 
                regarding progress on such implementation.

SEC. 3. ENHANCEMENT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS.

    The Secretary shall seek to enhance partnerships with 
historically Black colleges and universities and minority-
serving institutions with respect to administering the research 
and development activities of the Department by, among other 
things--
          (1) encouraging the participation of such colleges, 
        universities, and institutions in the research, 
        development, testing, and evaluation programs and 
        activities of the Department;
          (2) facilitating partnerships between such colleges, 
        universities, and institutions and private sector 
        stakeholders, national laboratories, and other academic 
        institutions in areas important to homeland security, 
        including cybersecurity, emergency management, and 
        counterterrorism; and
          (3) distributing funds through Science and Technology 
        Directorate grants, cooperative agreements, and 
        contracts to such colleges, universities, and 
        institutions for enhancements in areas important to 
        homeland security, including cybersecurity, emergency 
        management, and counterterrorism.

SEC. 4. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES PARTNERSHIPS.

    Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of 
this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Chief Human Capitol 
Officer of the Department, shall make available to historically 
Black colleges and universities and minority-serving 
institutions a current list of internship, fellowship, 
scholarship, and recruitment opportunities within the 
Department for students and recent graduates of such colleges, 
universities, and institutions.

SEC. 5. OPPORTUNITIES FOR 8(A) PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS.

    (a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Small 
Business Administration shall publish eligibility criteria on 
how historically Black colleges and universities and minority-
serving institutions may qualify to participate in Federal 
acquisitions authorized pursuant to section 8(a) of the Small 
Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a); Public Law 85-536).
    (b) Department actions.--Upon publication of eligibility 
criteria in accordance with subsection (a), the Secretary shall 
disseminate information to historically Black colleges and 
universities and minority-serving institutions regarding--
          (1) how to establish such eligibility; and
          (2) current and future opportunities to participate 
        in Federal acquisitions authorized pursuant to section 
        8(a) of the Small Business Act.

SEC. 6. ANNUAL REPORT.

    (a) Annual Report.--Not later than December 31, 2020, and 
annually thereafter through 2026, the Secretary shall submit to 
the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the efforts of 
the Department to partner with historically Black colleges and 
universities and minority-serving institutions to carry out 
this Act.
    (b) Reporting Requirements.--The annual reports required 
under subsection (a) shall include the following:
          (1) A list of awards, including the corresponding 
        monetary value for each such award, to historically 
        Black colleges and universities and minority-serving 
        institutions, disaggregated by grant, contract, 
        cooperative agreement, and other research development 
        test and evaluation activity, initiative, and program.
          (2) A description of how the Department is partnering 
        with historically Black colleges and universities and 
        minority-serving institutions under the programs 
        referred to in sections 3 and 5, and how such programs 
        have helped such colleges, universities, and 
        institutions participate in acquisitions with the 
        Department.
          (3) A summary of outreach efforts to historically 
        Black colleges and universities and minority-serving 
        institutions, and an identification of any Department 
        programs and initiatives in which such colleges, 
        universities, and institutions are under-represented 
        among institutions of higher education.
          (4) A description of the status of efforts made by 
        the Department pursuant to sections 2 and 4, 
        including--
                  (A) for section 2, Department-wide goals 
                pursuant to the Department-wide strategy to 
                enhance partnerships with historically Black 
                colleges and universities and minority-serving 
                institutions under such section, and the status 
                of efforts to implement action plans throughout 
                the Department to carry out such strategy; and
                  (B) for section 4, participation rates in 
                each internship, fellowship, scholarship, and 
                recruitment opportunity referred to in such 
                section, listed by historically Black college 
                and university and minority-serving institution 
                so participating.
          (5) A list of memoranda of understanding entered into 
        by the Department with historically Black colleges and 
        universities and minority-serving institutions and 
        information on the parties and scope of each such 
        memorandum of understanding.

SEC. 7. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
          (1) Department.--The term ``Department'' means the 
        Department of Homeland Security.
          (2) Historically Black Colleges And Universities.--
        The term ``historically Black colleges and 
        universities'' means a part B institution described in 
        section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 
        U.S.C. 1061(2)).
          (3) Institution Of Higher Education.--The term 
        ``institution of higher education'' has the meaning 
        given such term in section 101 of the Higher Education 
        Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001).
          (4) Minority-Serving Institutions.--The term 
        ``minority-serving institutions'' means an institution 
        of higher education described in section 371(a) of the 
        Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067q(a)).
          (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means 
        Secretary of Homeland Security.

                            COMMITTEE VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires the Committee to list the recorded 
votes on the motion to report legislation and amendments 
thereto.
    No recorded votes were requested during consideration of 
H.R. 1494.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

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

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATE, NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY, ENTITLEMENT 
                    AUTHORITY, AND TAX EXPENDITURES

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and with respect 
to requirements of clause (3)(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives and section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has requested 
but not received a cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of Congressional Budget Office.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    An estimate of Federal mandates prepared by the Director of 
the Congressional Budget Office pursuant to section 423 of the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act was not made available to the 
Committee in time for the filing of this report. The Chairman 
of the Committee shall cause such estimate to be printed in the 
Congressional Record upon its receipt by the Committee.

                      DUPLICATIVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS

    Pursuant to clause 3(c) of rule XIII, the Committee finds 
that H.R. 1494 does not contain any provision that establishes 
or reauthorizes a program known to be duplicative of another 
Federal program.

                    PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the objective of H.R. 1494 is to 
improve partnerships between DHS and HBCUs and MSIs, by 
directing the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for 
Strategy, Policy, and Plans to develop a strategy, with 
performance goals, for fostering such partnerships. This 
legislation is intended to increase HBCUs and MSIs and their 
students or recent graduates access to contracting, research 
and development, and career opportunities within DHS.

                          ADVISORY ON EARMARKS

    In compliance with rule XXI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, this bill, as reported, contains no 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), or 9(f) of the rule 
XXI.

             SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Short title

    This section states that the Act may be cited as the 
``Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland 
Security Partnerships Act.''

Sec. 2. Department-wide strategy for enhanced partnerships with 
        historically black colleges and universities and minority 
        serving institutions

    This section directs the Secretary, through the Under 
Secretary for Strategy Policy and Plans to issue, within 90 
days of enactment of this Act, a Department-wide strategy to 
enhance partnerships with HBCUs and MSIs, with yearly goals 
through fiscal year 2025.
    This section also directs the head of each Departmental 
component to develop a component-specific action plan to 
implement the strategy, monitor implementation progress, and 
report to the Secretary, no later than one year after the date 
of issuance, on the progress of implementation.

Sec. 3. Enhancement of research and development partnerships

    This section directs the Secretary to enhance partnerships 
with HBCUs and MSIs for the purpose of administering the 
research and development activities of the Department, by (1) 
encouraging the participation of these institutions in the 
research, development, testing, and evaluation programs and 
activities of the Department; (2) facilitating partnerships 
between the Department and these institutions and private 
sector stakeholders, national laboratories, and other academic 
institutions in areas important to homeland security, including 
cyber security, emergency management, and counterterrorism; and 
(3) distributing funds through Science and Technology 
Directorate grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to 
these institutions for enhancements in areas important to 
homeland security, including cyber security, emergency 
management, and counterterrorism.
    The Committee expects that such grants, cooperative 
agreements, and contracts will continue to be awarded through a 
competitive process.

Sec. 4. Career opportunities partnerships

    This section directs the Secretary, through the Departments 
Chief Human Capitol Officer, to make available to HBCUs and 
MSIs a current list of internship, fellowship, scholarship, and 
recruitment opportunities within the Department for students 
and recent graduates, no later than 120 days after the 
enactment of this Act.

Sec. 5. Opportunities for 8(a) program partnerships

    This section directs the Administrator of the Small 
Business Administration to, within 90 days of the enactment of 
this Act, publish eligibility criteria on how HBCUs and MSIs 
may qualify to participate in Federal acquisitions under the 
8(a) small business program. Following the publication of the 
eligibility criteria, the Secretary is to disseminate such 
information to HBCUs and MSIs.

Sec. 6. Annual report

    This section directs the Secretary to submit a report, no 
later than December 31, 2020, and annually thereafter through 
2026, to Congress on the Department's efforts to carry out this 
Act.
    This report must include: (1) a list of awards made to 
HBCUs and MSIs, disaggregated by grant, contract, cooperative 
agreement, and other research development test and evaluation 
activity, initiative, and program; (2) a description of how the 
Department is partnering with HBCUs and MSIs under programs 
referred to in sections 3 and 5 of the Act, and how such 
programs have helped HBCUs and MSIs participate in acquisitions 
with the Department; (3) a summary of outreach efforts to HBCUs 
and MSIs, and an identification of any Department programs and 
initiatives in which these institutions are underrepresented 
among other institutions of higher education; (4) a description 
of efforts made to advance Department-wide goals outlined in 
the strategy to enhance partnerships with HBCUs and MSIs and 
the status of efforts to implement the strategy, and HBCUs and 
MSIs participation rates in each internship, fellowship, 
scholarship, and recruitment opportunity; and (5) a list of 
memoranda of understanding entered into by the Department and 
HBCUs and MSIs, including information of parties and scope of 
each memorandum.

Sec. 7. Definitions

    This section defines the following terms: (1) Department; 
(2) Historically Black Colleges and Universities; (3) 
Institution of Higher Education; (4) Minority-Serving 
Institutions; and Secretary, for purposes of this Act.





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