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  • Transportation Reports Elimination Act of 2013

    by Representative Bill Shuster

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    SHUSTER. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3628) to eliminate certain unnecessary reporting requirements and consolidate or modify others, and for other purposes.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 3628 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 ``Transportation Reports Elimination Act of 2013''.

    SEC. 2. ELIMINATION OF CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) Department of Transportation.-- (1) Air traffic services committee reports.--Section 106(p)(7) of title 49, United States Code, is amended-- (A) by striking subparagraph (H); and (B) by redesignating subparagraph (I) as subparagraph (H).

    (2) Annual summaries of financial reports.--Subsection (k) of section 47107 of title 49, United States Code, is repealed.

    (3) Pipeline safety information grants to communities annual report.--Section 60130 of title 49, United States Code, is amended-- (A) by striking subsection (c); and (B) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c).

    (4) Pilot program for innovative financing of air traffic control equipment annual report.--Section 182 of the Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (49 U.S.C. 44502 note) is amended-- (A) by striking subsection (e); and (B) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (e).

    (5) Justification for air defense identification zone.-- Section 602 of the Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-176; 117 Stat. 2563), and the item relating to that section in the table of contents in section 1(b) of that Act, are repealed.

    (6) Standards for aircraft and aircraft engines to reduce noise levels annual report.--Section 726 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (49 U.S.C. 47508 note) is amended by striking subsection (c).

    (b) Environmental Protection Agency.-- (1) Great lakes management comprehensive report.--Section 118(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(c)) is amended-- (A) by striking paragraph (10); and (B) by redesignating paragraphs (11), (12), and (13) as paragraphs (10), (11), and (12), respectively.

    (2) General assistance program report to congress.--The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 4368b) is amended by striking subsection (i).

    (3) Research program respecting ocean dumping and other methods of waste disposal report by administrator.--Section 204 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (33 U.S.C. 1444) is amended-- (A) by striking subsection (b); and (B) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).

    SEC. 3. CONSOLIDATION OR MODIFICATION OF CERTAIN REPORTS.

    (a) Marine Safety Report to Congress.-- (1) Consolidation.--Section 2116(d)(2)(B) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking ``under subsection (b); and'' and inserting ``under subsection (b), which shall include an identification of-- ``(i) the number of civilian and military Coast Guard personnel assigned to marine safety positions; and ``(ii) marine safety positions that are understaffed for purposes of facilitating the strategy and achieving the goals described in subsection (a); and''.

    (2) Conforming amendments.--Section 57 of title 14, United States Code, is amended-- (A) by striking subsection (e); and (B) by redesignating subsections (f), (g), and (h) as subsections (e), (f), and (g), respectively.

    (b) Maritime Transportation Security Annual Report.-- (1) Consolidation.--Section 70103 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(f) Annual Report.--On the date on which the President submits to Congress a budget pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that includes-- ``(1) with respect to the last full fiscal year preceding the report-- ``(A) a summary of-- ``(i) security standards established pursuant to this section; and ``(ii) the level of compliance and steps taken to ensure compliance by ports, terminals, vessel operators, and shippers with respect to security standards established pursuant to this section; and ``(B) a statement of the number of-- ``(i) security zones established for vessels containing especially hazardous cargo; and ``(ii) vessels containing especially hazardous cargo provided a waterborne security escort, subdivided by Federal, State, local, or private security provider; and ``(2) an assessment of any additional vessels, personnel, infrastructure, or other resources that may be necessary to provide waterborne escorts to vessels containing especially hazardous cargo for which a security zone is established.''.

    (2) Conforming amendments.-- (A) Especially hazardous cargo.--Section 70103(e) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following: ``(2) Especially hazardous cargo defined.--In this subsection and subsection (f), the term `especially hazardous cargo' means anhydrous ammonia, ammonium nitrate, chlorine, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and any other substance, material, or group or class of material, in a particular amount and form that the Secretary determines by regulation poses a significant risk of creating a transportation security incident while being transported in maritime commerce.''.

    (B) Vessel and intermodal security reports.--Section 809 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (46 U.S.C. 70101 note) is amended-- (i) in subsection (a) by striking ``and (j)'' and inserting ``and (i)''; (ii) by striking subsection (i); and (iii) by redesignating subsections (j) and (k) as subsections (i) and (j), respectively.

    (c) Modifications.-- (1) Infrastructure investment needs report.--Section 503(b)(8)(A) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking ``July 31, 2013, and July 31'' and inserting ``July 31, 2014, and July 31''.

    (2) Reports to congress.--Section 609 of title 23, United States Code, is amended-- (A) in subsection (a) by striking ``June 1, 2012,'' and inserting ``June 1, 2014,''; and (B) in subsection (b)(1) by striking ``December 1, 2012,'' and inserting ``December 1, 2014,''.

    (3) Public mass transportation systems report.--Section 308(e)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking ``March 1998, and in March'' and inserting ``July 2014, and in July''.

    (4) Evaluation and audit of national transportation safety board.--Section 1138(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking ``at least annually, but may be conducted''.

    (5) Briefings.--Section 20017(b)(6) of MAP-21 (49 U.S.C. 5324 note; 126 Stat. 706) is amended-- (A) in subparagraph (A) by inserting after ``the Senate'' the following: ``and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives''; and (B) in subparagraph (B) by inserting after ``the Senate'' the following: ``and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives''.

    SEC. 4. PAPERLESS REPORTS.

    (a) Railway-Highway Crossings Annual Report.--Section 130(g) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking the third sentence and inserting the following: ``The Secretary shall make available to the public on the Web site of the Department of Transportation, not later than April 1, 2014, and every 2 years thereafter, a report on the progress being made by the State in implementing projects to improve railway-highway crossings.''.

    (b) National Bridge and Tunnel Inventory Report.--Section 144(d)(1)(B) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking ``submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department of Transportation''.

    (c) Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program Report.--Section 327 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (i) and inserting the following: ``(i) Report.--The Secretary shall make available to the public on the Web site of the Department of Transportation an annual report that describes the administration of the program.''.

    (d) Highway Safety Programs Biennial Report.--Section 402(n) of title 23, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by striking ``to Congress'' in the subsection heading; and (2) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking ``submit a report to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the [[Page H40]] Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department of Transportation a report''.

    (e) In-Vehicle Alcohol Detection Device Research Reports.-- Section 403(h)(4) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking ``submit an annual report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives, and Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department of Transportation an annual report''.

    (f) National ITS Program Plan Reporting.--Section 512(b) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking ``submitted'' and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting ``made available to the public, and updated biennially, on the Web site of the Department of Transportation.''.

    (g) Advisory Committee Report.--Section 515(h)(4) of title 23, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by striking ``of each year after the date of enactment of the Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Act of 2012,'' and inserting ``, 2014, and biennially thereafter,''; (2) by striking ``submit to Congress'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department of Transportation''; and (3) in subparagraph (A) by striking ``calendar year'' and inserting ``2 calendar years''.

    (h) National Ferry Database Update Report.--Section 1801(e)(3) of SAFETEA-LU (23 U.S.C. 129 note) is amended by inserting ``and shall make any such modified report available to the public on the Web site of the Department'' before the period at the end.

    (i) High-Risk Rural Roads Best Practices Report.--Section 1112(b)(2)(A) of MAP-21 (23 U.S.C. 148 note) is amended by striking ``submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department''.

    (j) Completion Time Assessment Report.--Section 1323(a)(2) of MAP-21 (126 Stat. 553) is amended by striking ``submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department''.

    (k) Additional Report.--Section 1323(b) of MAP-21 (126 Stat. 554) is amended by striking ``submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate'' and inserting ``make available to the public on the Web site of the Department''.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Shuster) and the gentlewoman from Connecticut (Ms. Esty) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania.

    General Leave Mr. SHUSTER. Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on H.R. 3628.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Pennsylvania? There was no objection.

    Mr. SHUSTER. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    H.R. 3628 eliminates, consolidates, and modifies 27 congressionally mandated reporting requirements of the executive branch agencies that fall within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    This bill does not reduce the congressional oversight of the affected agencies. Instead, it rids the agencies of outdated reporting requirements that are no longer utilized or have been replaced by different methods of information collected, thus enabling the agencies to concentrate on more pressing aspects of their mission.

    This legislation also consolidates and modifies certain existing reporting requirements, bringing consistency across law and regulation, eliminating duplicative and wasteful efforts, making technical corrections, and improving the ability of Congress to conduct effective oversight.

    This legislation makes several reporting requirements digital, resulting in reduced production and delivery cost, expedited delivery, and more useful and interactive formats. Additionally, the reports will now be made publicly available, enhancing transparency. According to the CBO this legislation could reduce the administrative costs of these agencies.

    This legislation is a basic, good-government, fiscally sound bill that just makes sense. I urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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