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Bill Track - 111th Congress

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Bills in the 111th Congress

Identity Theft

S.139: Data Breach Notification Act (Feinstein)
Bill Description: A bill to require Federal agencies, and persons engaged in interstate commerce, in possession of data containing sensitive personally identifiable information, to disclose any breach of such information.
11/5/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

S.1618: Safeguarding Social Security Numbers Act of 2009 (Schumer)
Bill Description: A bill to require the Commissioner of Social Security to issue uniform standards for the method of truncation of Social Security account numbers in order to protect such numbers from being used in the perpetration of fraud or identity theft and to provide for a prohibition on the display to the general public on the Internet of Social Security account numbers by State and local governments, and for other purposes.
8/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1490: Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2009 (Leahy)
Bill Description: A bill to prevent and mitigate identity theft, to ensure privacy, to provide notice of security breaches, and to enhance criminal penalties, law enforcement assistance, and other protections against security breaches, fraudulent access, and misuse of personally identifiable information.
12/17/2009 Status: By Senator Leahy from Committee on the Judiciary filed written report. Minority and supplemental views filed.

HR. 3306: Social Security Number Privacy and Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2009 (Tanner / Johnson)
Bill Description: To amend the Social Security Act to enhance Social Security account number privacy protections, to prevent fraudulent misuse of the Social Security account number, and to otherwise enhance protection against identity theft, and for other purposes.
7/23/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

HR. 123: Credit Agencies Identity Theft Responsibilities Act of 2009 (Gallegly)
Bill Description: Amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require a consumer reporting agency which has reason to suspect identity theft to: (1) report such suspicion to the U.S. Secret Service; and (2) inform the Attorney General for criminal prosecution. Requires the Secret Service to forward such information to either the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), respectively, if it has reason to believe that a suspected case of identity theft involves any suspicion of terrorism or immigration violations.
1/6/2009 Referred to House Committee on Financial Services.

HR. 50: Social Security Identity Theft Prevention Act (Kirk)
Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act to require Social Security cards to be made of tamperproof and wear-resistant material (currently, of banknote paper), and include a digital image of the cardholder as well as an encrypted, machine-readable electronic record containing biometric identifiers.
1/6/2009 Referred to Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

HR. 133: Identity Theft Notification Act of 2009 (Gallegly)
Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act to require the Commissioner of Social Security to notify individuals and appropriate authorities of evidence of a certain misuse of individual Social Security account numbers.
1/6/2009 Referred to Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

HR. 220: Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2009 (Paul)
Amends II of the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect the integrity and confidentiality of Social Security account numbers: sued under such title, to prohibit the establishment in the Federal Government of any uniform national identifying number, and to prohibit Federal agencies from imposing standards for identification of individuals on other agencies or persons.
1/6/2009 Referred to Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

S.141: & H.R. 122: Protecting the Privacy of Social Security Numbers Act of 2009 (Senate Feinstein, House Frelinghuysen)
To amend title 18, United States Code, and the Social Security Act to limit the misuse of Social Security numbers, to establish criminal penalties for such misuse, and for other purposes.
H.R. 122: 2/9/2009 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
S. 141: 1/6/2009 : Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

HR. 2221: Data Accountability and Trust Act (Rush)
Bill Description: To protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures to protect computerized data containing personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach.
12/9/2009 Status: Received in the Senate, read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

HR. 137: Employment Eligibility Verification and Anti-Identity Theft Act (Gallegly)
Bill Description: To require an employer to take action after receiving official notice that an individual's Social Security account number does not match the individual's name, and for other purposes.
3/16/2009 Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

HR. 3308: Employment Eligibility Verification and Anti-Identity Theft Act (Shuler)
Bill Description: To provide immigration reform by securing America's borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program.
7/27/2009 Status: Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

H.R. 1772: LEAVE Act (Miller)
Bill Description: To remove the incentives and loopholes that encourage illegal aliens to come to the United States to live and work, provide additional resources to local law enforcement and Federal border and immigration officers, and for other purposes.
3/23/2009 Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

H.R.1105 & H.RES.184: Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 1105: Obey, H.RES. 184: McGovern)
Bill Description: Making omnibus appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes.
Became Public Law No: 111-8

Identification Cards

H.R. 3174: Photo Identification Security Act (Blackburn)
Bill Description: To provide that only certain forms of identification of individuals may be accepted by the Federal Government and by financial institutions.
7/10/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

S.1261: Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification Act of 2009' or the `PASS ID Act' (Akaka)
Bill Description: A bill to repeal title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and amend title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to better protect the security, confidentiality, and integrity of personally identifiable information collected by States when issuing driver's licenses and identification documents, and for other purposes.
6/15/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

HR. 137: Employment Eligibility Verification and Anti-Identity Theft Act (Gallegly)
Bill Description: To require an employer to take action after receiving official notice that an individual's Social Security account number does not match the individual's name, and for other purposes.
3/16/2009 Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

S. 38 and H.R 523: Professional Boxing Amendments Act of 2009 (Senate McCain, House King)
A bill to establish a United States Boxing Commission to administer the Act, and for other purposes.
1/6/2009: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R. 2028: New Employee Verification Act of 2009 (Johnson)
To amend the Social Security Act to prevent unauthorized earnings from being credited toward benefits under title II of such Act and to make improvements in provisions governing totalization agreements, to amend the Social Security Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent unauthorized employment, and to improve coordination of the provisions of such Acts, and for other purposes.
4/22/2009: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, Rules, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Telecommunications

S. 30: Truth in Caller ID Act (Nelson)
Bill Description: A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller id information.
2/24/2010 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 3222: AWARE Act (Schultz)
Bill Description: A bill to promote Internet safety education and cybercrime prevention initiatives, and for other purposes.
7/15/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (Rockefeller)
Bill Description: A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption, and for other purposes.
4/1/2009 Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S. 1438: Fostering a Global Response to Cyber Attacks Act (Gillibrand)
Bill Description: A bill to express the sense of Congress on improving cybersecurity globally, to require the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on improving cybersecurity, and for other purposes.
7/10/2009 Status: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S. 921: U.S. ICE Act of 2009 (Carper)
A bill to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, to recognize the interconnected nature of the Internet and agency networks, improve situational awareness of Government cyberspace, enhance information security of the Federal Government, unify policies, procedures, and guidelines for securing information systems and national security systems, establish security standards for Government purchased products and services, and for other purposes.
4/28/2009 Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R. 1319: Informed P2P User Act (Bono Mack)
A bill to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, to recognize the interconnected nature of the Internet and agency networks, improve situational awareness of Government cyberspace, enhance information security of the Federal Government, unify policies, procedures, and guidelines for securing information systems and national security systems, establish security standards for Government purchased products and services, and for other purposes.
12/9/2009 Status: Received in the Senate, read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Administrative

H.R. 1617: Department of Homeland Security Component Privacy Officer Act of 2009 (Carney)
Bill Description: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for a privacy official within each component of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
3/26/2009: Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R. 1910: Chief Technology Officer Act of 2009 (Connolly)
Bill Description: To create the Office of the Chief Technology Officer within the Executive Office of the President.
4/2/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

H.R. 2892: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 (Price)
Bill Description: Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.
em>7/9/2009 Resolving differences -- Senate actions. Status: Senate insists on its amendment, asks for a conference, appoints conferees Byrd; Inouye; Leahy; Mikulski; Murray; Landrieu; Lautenberg; Tester; Specter; Voinovich; Cochran; Gregg; Shelby; Brownback; Murkowski. (House Report: 111-157) EDIT: Senate Amendment to H.R. 2892: The Senate has introduced an amendment (S. AMDT. 1464) to the House bill. Senator Gregg submitted an amendment (Page S7331) to "to protect the privacy of personal information provided by United States travelers who participated in the Registered Traveler program."Status: (submitted 7/9/2009) (proposed 7/9/2009)

Medical Privacy

S. 444: National Health Information Technology and Privacy Advancement Act of 2009 (Sheldon)
Bill Description: A bill to provide for the establishment of a health information technology and privacy system.
2/13/2009: Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.1031: Health Information Technology Promotion Act of 2009 (Burgess)
Bill Description: To promote a better health information system.
2/13/2009: Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

S.179: Health Information Technology Act of 2009 (Stabenow)
Bill Description: A bill to improve quality in health care by providing incentives for adoption of modern information technology.
1/8/2009 Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

HR 110: Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2009 (Fortenberry)
Bill Description: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit human cloning.
2/9/2009 Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

HR 2161: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (Shea-Porter)
Bill Description: To nullify certain regulations promulgated under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and restore prior regulations and to direct the Secretary of Labor to revise certain additional regulations under that Act.
2/9/2009 Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Student Privacy

H.R.1091: Student Privacy Protection Act of 2009 (Honda)
Bill Description: To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct local educational agencies to release secondary school student information to military recruiters if the student's parent provides written consent for the release, and for other purposes.
2/13/2009: Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Travel

H.R. 3192: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2009 (Larsen)
Bill Description: To require the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to establish a program to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards, and for other purposes.
7/17/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism.

H.R. 2027: Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009 (Chaffetz)
Bill Description: A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to establish limitations on the use of whole-body imaging technology for aircraft passenger screening, and for other purposes.
5/4/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

H.R. 559 RFS: FAST Redress Act of 2009 (Clarke)
Bill Description: A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish an appeal and redress process for individuals wrongly delayed or prohibited from boarding a flight, or denied a right, benefit, or privilege, and for other purposes.
2/4/2009 Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

HR 1726: Border Security Search Accountability Act of 2009 (Sanchez)
Bill Description: To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to: sue a rule with respect to border security searches of electronic devices, and for other purposes.
3/30/2009 Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism.

Open Government

H.R. 553 RFS: Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2009 (Harman)
Bill Description: To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information, and for other purposes.
2/4/2009 Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R.1507: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 (Van Hollen)
Bill Description: To amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, relating to disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, and for other purposes.
3/12/2009 Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Surveillance

S. 1692: USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 (Leahy)
Bill Description: A bill to extend the sunset of certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and the authority to issue national security letters, and for other purposes.
9/22/2009 Status: Referred to the Senate committee. Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.