Homeland Security Social Media Working Group

Homeland Security Social Media Working Group

On the 8th of July, the House voted on a bill called, “Social Media Working Group Act of 2014. This Act will authorize the Department of Homeland Security to form a new working group that will provide guidance and best practices for using social media before, during, and after any emergency. The bill was first introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks (Indiana, 5th District which includes the northern and eastern suburbs of Indianapolis. There were 4 co-sponsors to this bill: Rep. Michael McCaul (TX), Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS), Rep. Donald Payne (NJ) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA). It passed by a 2/3 vote, 375-19, with 38 non-voting members. The roll call vote will be included at the bottom.

 

H. R. 4263

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the `Social Media Working Group Act of 2014′.

 

Social Media Working Group

In General- Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`SEC. 318. SOCIAL MEDIA WORKING GROUP.

`(a) Establishment- The Secretary shall establish within the Department a social media working group (in this section referred to as the `Group’).

`(b) Purpose- In order to enhance information sharing between the Department and appropriate stakeholders, the Group shall provide guidance and best practices to the emergency preparedness and response community on the use of social media technologies before, during, and after a terrorist attack or other emergency.

`(c) Membership-

`(1) IN GENERAL- The Under Secretary for Science and Technology shall serve as the permanent chairperson of the Group, and shall designate, on a rotating basis, a representative from a State or local government who is a member of the Group to serve as co-chairperson. The Under Secretary shall establish term limits for individuals appointed to the Group pursuant to paragraph (2). Membership of the Group shall be composed of a cross section of subject matter experts from Federal, State, local, tribal, and nongovernmental organization practitioners, including representatives from the following entities:

`(A) The Office of Public Affairs of the Department.

`(B) The Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Department.

`(C) The Privacy Office of the Department.

`(D) The Federal Emergency Management Agency.

`(E) The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

`(F) The American Red Cross.

`(G) The Forest Service.

`(H) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

`(I) The United States Geological Survey.

`(J) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

`(2) ADDITIONAL MEMBERS- The Under Secretary for Science and Technology shall appoint, on a rotating basis, qualified individuals to the Group. The total number of such additional members shall–

`(A) be equal to or greater than the total number of regular members under paragraph (1); and

`(B) include–

`(i) not fewer than three representatives from the private sector; and

`(ii) representatives from–

`(I) State, local, and tribal entities, including from–

`(aa) law enforcement;

`(bb) fire services;

`(cc) emergency management services; and

`(dd) public health entities;

`(II) universities and academia; and

`(III) non-profit disaster relief organizations.

`(d) Consultation With Non-members- To the extent practicable, the Group shall work with existing bodies in the public and private sectors to carry out subsection (b).

`(e) Meetings-

`(1) INITIAL MEETING- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Group shall hold its initial meeting. Such initial meeting may be held virtually.

`(2) SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS- After the initial meeting under paragraph (1), the Group shall meet at least twice each year, or at the call of the Chairperson. Such subsequent meetings may be held virtually.

`(f) Nonapplicability of FACA- The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Group.

`(g) Reports- Not later than March 30 of each year, the Group shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report that includes the following:

`(1) A review of current and emerging social media technologies being used to support preparedness and response activities related to terrorist attacks and other emergencies.

‘(2) A review of best practices and lessons learned on the use of social media during the response to terrorist attacks and other emergencies that occurred during the period covered by the report at issue.

`(3) Recommendations to improve the Department’s use of social media for emergency management purposes.

`(4) Recommendations to improve public awareness of the type of information disseminated through social media, and how to access such information, during a terrorist attack or other emergency.

`(5) Recommendations to improve information sharing among the Department and its components.

`(6) Recommendations to improve information sharing among State and local governments.

`(7) A review of available training for Federal, State, local, and tribal officials on the use of social media in response to a terrorist attack or other emergency.

`(8) A summary of coordination efforts with the private sector to discuss and resolve legal, operational, technical, privacy, and security concerns.’.

 

(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 317 the following new item:

 

`Sec. 318. Social media working group.’.

 

The Roll Call Vote:

 

—-YEAS   375—-

 

 

Amodei

Bachmann

Barber

Barletta

Barr

Barrow (GA)

Bass

Beatty

Becerra

Benishek

Bentivolio

Bera (CA)

Bilirakis

Bishop (GA)

Bishop (NY)

Bishop (UT)

Black

Blackburn

Blumenauer

Bonamici

Boustany

Brady (TX)

Braley (IA)

Brooks (AL)

Brooks (IN)

Brownley (CA)

Buchanan

Bucshon

Burgess

Bustos

Butterfield

Byrne

Calvert

Camp

Cantor

Capito

Capuano

Cárdenas

Carney

Carson (IN)

Cartwright

Castor (FL)

Castro (TX)

Chabot

Chaffetz

Chu

Cicilline

Clark (MA)

Clarke (NY)

Clawson (FL)

Clay

Cleaver

Clyburn

Coble

Coffman

Cohen

Cole

Collins (GA)

Collins (NY)

Connolly

Conyers

Cook

Cooper

Cotton

Courtney

Cramer

Crawford

Crenshaw

Crowley

Cuellar

Cummings

Daines

Davis (CA)

Davis, Danny

Davis, Rodney

DeFazio

DeGette

Delaney

DeLauro

DelBene

Denham

Dent

DeSantis

DesJarlais

Diaz-Balart

Dingell

Doggett

Duckworth

Duffy

Duncan (SC)

Duncan (TN)

Edwards

Ellison

Ellmers

Engel

Enyart

Eshoo

Esty

Farenthold

Farr

Fattah

Fitzpatrick

Fleischmann

Fleming

Flores

Forbes

Foster

Foxx

Frankel (FL)

Franks (AZ)

Frelinghuysen

Fudge

Gabbard

Gallego

Garamendi

Garcia

Gardner

Garrett

Gibbs

Gibson

Gingrey (GA)

Gohmert

Goodlatte

Gosar

Gowdy

Granger

Graves (GA)

Grayson

Green, Al

Green, Gene

Griffin (AR)

Griffith (VA)

Grijalva

Grimm

Guthrie

Hahn

Hall

Hanna

Harper

Harris

Hastings (FL)

Hastings (WA)

Heck (NV)

Heck (WA)

Herrera Beutler

Higgins

Himes

Hinojosa

Holding

Holt

Honda

Horsford

Hoyer

Hudson

Huelskamp

Huffman

Huizenga (MI)

Hultgren

Hunter

Hurt

Israel

Issa

Jackson Lee

Jeffries

Jenkins

Johnson (GA)

Johnson (OH)

Johnson, E. B.

Johnson, Sam

Jolly

Jordan

Joyce

Kaptur

Keating

Kelly (IL)

Kelly (PA)

Kennedy

Kildee

Kilmer

King (IA)

King (NY)

Kinzinger (IL)

Kline

Kuster

Lamborn

Lance

Langevin

Larsen (WA)

Larson (CT)

Latham

Latta

Lee (CA)

Levin

Lewis

Lipinski

LoBiondo

Loebsack

Lofgren

Long

Lowenthal

Lowey

Lucas

Luetkemeyer

Lujan Grisham (NM)

Luján, Ben Ray (NM)

Lynch

Maffei

Maloney, Sean

Marino

Matheson

Matsui

McAllister

McCarthy (CA)

McCaul

McCollum

McDermott

McGovern

McHenry

McIntyre

McKeon

McKinley

McMorris Rodgers

Meadows

Meehan

Meeks

Meng

Messer

Mica

Michaud

Miller (FL)

Miller (MI)

Miller, George

Moore

Moran

Mulvaney

Murphy (FL)

Murphy (PA)

Nadler

Napolitano

Neal

Negrete McLeod

Noem

Nolan

Nugent

Nunes

O’Rourke

Olson

Owens

Palazzo

Pallone

Pascrell

Paulsen

Payne

Pearce

Pelosi

Perry

Peters (CA)

Peters (MI)

Peterson

Petri

Pingree (ME)

Pittenger

Pitts

Pocan

Poe (TX)

Pompeo

Posey

Price (GA)

Price (NC)

Quigley

Rangel

Reed

Reichert

Renacci

Rigell

Roby

Roe (TN)

Rogers (AL)

Rogers (KY)

Rogers (MI)

Rokita

Rooney

Ros-Lehtinen

Roskam

Ross

Rothfus

Roybal-Allard

Ruiz

Runyan

Ruppersberger

Ryan (WI)

Salmon

Sánchez, Linda T.

Sanchez, Loretta

Sanford

Sarbanes

Scalise

Schakowsky

Schiff

Schneider

Schock

Schrader

Schwartz

Schweikert

Scott (VA)

Scott, Austin

Scott, David

Sensenbrenner

Serrano

Sessions

Sewell (AL)

Shea-Porter

Shimkus

Shuster

Simpson

Sinema

Sires

Slaughter

Smith (MO)

Smith (NE)

Smith (NJ)

Smith (TX)

Smith (WA)

Southerland

Speier

Stewart

Stivers

Stutzman

Swalwell (CA)

Takano

Terry

Thompson (CA)

Thompson (MS)

Thompson (PA)

Thornberry

Tiberi

Tierney

Tipton

Titus

Tonko

Tsongas

Turner

Upton

Valadao

Van Hollen

Vargas

Veasey

Vela

Velázquez

Visclosky

Wagner

Walberg

Walden

Walorski

Walz

Wasserman Schultz

Waters

Waxman

Weber (TX)

Webster (FL)

Welch

Wenstrup

Whitfield

Williams

Wilson (FL)

Wilson (SC)

Wittman

Wolf

Womack

Woodall

Yarmuth

Yoder

Yoho

Young (AK)

Young (IN)

 

 

 

—- NAYS   19 —

 

 

Amash

Barton

Bridenstine

Broun (GA)

Conaway

Fincher

Hartzler

Hensarling

Jones

Labrador

LaMalfa

Lankford

Lummis

Massie

McClintock

Mullin

Ribble

Rice (SC)

Stockman

 

 

 

—- NOT VOTING   38 —

 

 

Aderholt

Bachus

Brady (PA)

Brown (FL)

Campbell

Capps

Carter

Cassidy

Costa

Culberson

Deutch

Doyle

Fortenberry

Gerlach

Graves (MO)

Gutiérrez

Hanabusa

Kind

Kingston

Kirkpatrick

Maloney, Carolyn

Marchant

McCarthy (NY)

McNerney

Miller, Gary

Neugebauer

Nunnelee

Pastor (AZ)

Perlmutter

Polis

Rahall

Richmond

Rohrabacher

Royce

Rush

Ryan (OH)

Sherman

Westmoreland