[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
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Public Law 111-271
111th Congress

An Act


 
To provide for identifying and eliminating redundant reporting
requirements and developing meaningful performance metrics for homeland
security preparedness grants, and for other purposes. <>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Redundancy Elimination and Enhanced
Performance for Preparedness Grants Act''.
SEC. 2. IDENTIFICATION OF REPORTING REDUNDANCIES AND DEVELOPMENT
OF PERFORMANCE METRICS FOR HOMELAND SECURITY
PREPAREDNESS GRANT PROGRAMS.

(a) In General.--Title XX of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6
U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``SEC. 2023. <> IDENTIFICATION OF REPORTING
REDUNDANCIES AND DEVELOPMENT OF
PERFORMANCE METRICS.

``(a) Definition.--In this section, the term `covered grants' means
grants awarded under section 2003, grants awarded under section 2004,
and any other grants specified by the Administrator.
``(b) Initial Report.--Not later than 90 days after the date of
enactment of the Redundancy Elimination and Enhanced Performance for
Preparedness Grants Act, the Administrator shall submit to the
appropriate committees of Congress a report that includes--
``(1) an assessment of redundant reporting requirements
imposed by the Administrator on State, local, and tribal
governments in connection with the awarding of grants,
including--
``(A) a list of each discrete item of data requested
by the Administrator from grant recipients as part of
the process of administering covered grants;
``(B) identification of the items of data from the
list described in subparagraph (A) that are required to
be submitted by grant recipients on multiple occasions
or to multiple systems; and
``(C) identification of the items of data from the
list described in subparagraph (A) that are not
necessary to be collected in order for the Administrator
to effectively and efficiently administer the programs
under which covered grants are awarded;

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``(2) a plan, including a specific timetable, for
eliminating any redundant and unnecessary reporting requirements
identified under paragraph (1); and
``(3) a plan, including a specific timetable, for promptly
developing a set of quantifiable performance measures and
metrics to assess the effectiveness of the programs under which
covered grants are awarded.

``(c) Biennial Reports.--Not later than 1 year after the date on
which the initial report is required to be submitted under subsection
(b), and once every 2 years thereafter, the Administrator shall submit
to the appropriate committees of Congress a grants management report
that includes--
``(1) the status of efforts to eliminate redundant and
unnecessary reporting requirements imposed on grant recipients,
including--
``(A) progress made in implementing the plan
required under subsection (b)(2);
``(B) a reassessment of the reporting requirements
to identify and eliminate redundant and unnecessary
requirements;
``(2) the status of efforts to develop quantifiable
performance measures and metrics to assess the effectiveness of
the programs under which the covered grants are awarded,
including--
``(A) progress made in implementing the plan
required under subsection (b)(3);
``(B) progress made in developing and implementing
additional performance metrics and measures for grants,
including as part of the comprehensive assessment system
required under section 649 of the Post-Katrina Emergency
Management Reform Act of 2006 (6 U.S.C. 749); and
``(3) a performance assessment of each program under which
the covered grants are awarded, including--
``(A) a description of the objectives and goals of
the program;
``(B) an assessment of the extent to which the
objectives and goals described in subparagraph (A) have
been met, based on the quantifiable performance measures
and metrics required under this section, section
2022(a)(4), and section 649 of the Post-Katrina
Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (6 U.S.C. 749);
``(C) recommendations for any program modifications
to improve the effectiveness of the program, to address
changed or emerging conditions; and
``(D) an assessment of the experience of recipients
of covered grants, including the availability of clear
and accurate information, the timeliness of reviews and
awards, and the provision of technical assistance, and
recommendations for improving that experience.

``(d) Grants Program Measurement Study.--
``(1) In general.-- <> Not later than 30
days after the enactment of Redundancy Elimination and Enhanced
Performance for Preparedness Grants Act, the Administrator shall
enter into a contract with the National Academy of Public
Administration under which the National Academy of Public
Administration shall assist the Administrator in studying,
developing, and implementing--

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``(A) quantifiable performance measures and metrics
to assess the effectiveness of grants administered by
the Department, as required under this section and
section 649 of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management
Reform Act of 2006 (6 U.S.C. 749); and
``(B) the plan required under subsection (b)(3).
``(2) Report.--Not later than 1 year after the date on which
the contract described in paragraph (1) is awarded, the
Administrator shall submit to the appropriate committees of
Congress a report that describes the findings and
recommendations of the study conducted under paragraph (1).
``(3) Authorization of appropriations.--There are authorized
to be appropriated to the Administrator such sums as may be
necessary to carry out this subsection.''.

(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--The table of contents in
section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101 et seq.)
is amended by adding at the end the following:

``Sec. 2023. Identification of reporting redundancies and development of
performance metrics.''.

Approved October 12, 2010.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3980:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 111-346 (Comm. on Homeland Security).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 111-291 (Comm. on Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
Vol. 155 (2009):
Dec. 2, considered and passed House.
Vol. 156 (2010):
Sept. 22, considered and passed
Senate, amended.
Sept. 28, House concurred in Senate
amendment.