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SA 1449. Mr. KERRY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2892, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
Sec. __. (a) Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, using funds made available under the heading ``U.S. Customs and Border Protection'' and under the subheading ``SALARIES AND EXPENSES'', implement a demonstration program that is consistent with the technology acquisition and dissemination plan submitted under section 7201(c) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-458; 118 Stat. 3810) to test the feasibility of using existing automated document authentication technology at select immigration benefit offices and ports of entry to determine the effectiveness of such technology in detecting fraudulent travel documents and reducing the ability of terrorists to enter the United States.

(b) If the demonstration program described in subsection (a) is carried out by a contractor, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall select such contractor on a competitive basis.
(c) Not later than 90 days after the date on which the demonstration program described in subsection (a) is completed, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees (as defined in section 2(2) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101(2))) a report on the results of the demonstration program.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jul 9, 2009.)