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SA 100. Mr. PRYOR submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 223, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end of title VII, add the following:
SEC. 733. IMPLEMENTATION BY THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OF CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO CONTRACTS FOR SUPPORT SERVICES; ASSESSMENT OF CERTAIN PROCUREMENT POLICIES.
(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) shall implement the recommendations set forth in the report of the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security entitled "Transportation Security Administration's Acquisition of Support Services Contracts" (No. OIG-10-72), dated March 2010.
(b) Monitoring by Inspector General.--The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security shall--
(1) monitor the implementation of the recommendations described in subsection (a); and
(2) conduct an assessment of the process of the Transportation Security Administration for procuring technology and equipment for screening passengers at airports that includes an assessment of--
(A) the effectiveness of procurement procedures used by the Administration to obtain airport screening technology and equipment, including--
(i) the cost-benefit analysis utilized by the Administration; and
(ii) the resulting cost-effectiveness of technologies and equipment acquired by the Administration since 2007;
(B) the human health and personal privacy protection considerations that are taken into account in acquiring each type of screening technology and equipment;
(C) the efforts being made to improve procurement policies and reduce expenditures on screening technologies and equipment;
(D) the extent to which trends or patterns in procurement activity, and how those trends or patterns are impacted by evolving security breaches or threats, are being analyzed and considered;
(E) which events and circumstances prompt the procurement of new screening technology or equipment and how frequently such events or circumstances occur; and
(F) the process by which screening technology and equipment is assessed after being deployed, including the frequency of assessments and the metrics used during those assessments.
(c) Report by Inspector General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security shall submit to Congress a report that--
(1) assesses the progress made by the Transportation Security Administration in implementing the recommendations described in subsection (a); and
(2) contains the results of the assessments required by subsection (b)(2); and
(3) makes recommendations with respect to how the Transportation Security Administration can better address the issues assessed under subsection (b)(2).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Feb 16, 2011.)