H. Rept. 116-300: Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Authorization Act, Report Together with Additional Views to Accompany H.R. 4713, November 19, 2019   [open pdf - 342KB]

From the Purpose and Summary: "H.R. 4713, the 'Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Authorization Act,' was introduced to strengthen the role of the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) as it works to ensure the protection of individual rights for those affected by DHS programs and activities. This bill authorizes CRCL to integrate civil rights and civil liberties into all Department programs and activities by reviewing Departmental policies, procedures, and activities; reviewing, assessing, and investigating complaints and information indicating possible abuses of civil rights and civil liberties; conducting civil rights and civil liberties impact assessments; and providing recommendations and other technical assistance to the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) and heads of the operational components of the Department, among other functions. The bill seeks to improve the effectiveness of CRCL within the Department by granting the DHS CRCL Officer authority to access all Department records necessary to carry out the Officer's work and to issue subpoenas, as necessary and subject to the approval of the Secretary, to non-federal entities. Additionally, the bill requires the head of each operational component to designate a CRCL officer within its respective component to coordinate with and provide information to the DHS CRCL Officer on matters related to civil rights and civil liberties. To improve transparency regarding CRCL findings, at the conclusion of any investigation conducted by CRCL, the investigatory report is required to be submitted to Congress without any prior comment or amendment by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, or any other officer or employee of the Department, unless the DHS CRCL Officer seeks such comment."

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