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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2867 To reform the Federal Bureau of Investigation. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 24, 2003 Mr. Conyers (for himself, Mr. Berman, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Delahunt, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Farr, Ms. Carson of Indiana, and Mr. Waxman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Government Reform, 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 _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To reform the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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 ``Federal Bureau of Investigation Reform Act of 2003''. TITLE I--WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION SEC. 101. INCREASING PROTECTIONS FOR FBI WHISTLEBLOWERS. Section 2303 of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: ``Sec. 2303. Prohibited personnel practices in the Federal Bureau of Investigation ``(a) Definition.--In this section, the term `personnel action' means any action described in clauses (i) through (x) of section 2302(a)(2)(A). ``(b) Prohibited Practices.--Any employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has the authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority, take or fail to take a personnel action with respect to any employee of the Bureau or because of-- ``(1) any disclosure of information by the employee to the Attorney General (or an employee designated by the Attorney General for such purpose), a supervisor of the employee, the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, or a Member of Congress that the employee reasonably believes evidences-- ``(A) a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or ``(B) mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or ``(2) any disclosure of information by the employee to the Special Counsel of information that the employee reasonably believes evidences-- ``(A) a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or ``(B) mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, if such disclosure is not specifically prohibited by law and if such information is not specifically required by Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs. ``(c) Individual Right of Action.--Chapter 12 of this title shall apply to an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who claims that a personnel action has been taken under this section against the employee as a reprisal for any disclosure of information described in subsection (b)(2). ``(d) Regulations.--The Attorney General shall prescribe regulations to ensure that a personnel action under this section shall not be taken against an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a reprisal for any disclosure of information described in subsection (b)(1), and shall provide for the enforcement of such regulations in a manner consistent with applicable provisions of sections 1214 and 1221, and in accordance with the procedures set forth in sections 554 through 557 and 701 through 706.''. TITLE II--FBI SECURITY CAREER PROGRAM SEC. 201. SECURITY MANAGEMENT POLICIES. The Attorney General shall establish policies and procedures for the effective management (including accession, education, training, and career development) of persons serving in security positions in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. SEC. 202. DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (a) In General.--Subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Attorney General, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (referred to in this title as the ``Director'') shall carry out all powers, functions, and duties of the Attorney General with respect to the security workforce in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (b) Policy Implementation.--The Director shall ensure that the policies of the Attorney General established in accordance with this Act are implemented throughout the Federal Bureau of Investigation at both the headquarters and field office levels. SEC. 203. DIRECTOR OF SECURITY. The Director shall appoint a Director of Security, or such other title as the Director may determine, to assist the Director in the performance of the duties of the Director under this Act. SEC. 204. SECURITY CAREER PROGRAM BOARDS. (a) Establishment.--The Director acting through the Director of Security shall establish a security career program board to advise the Director in managing the hiring, training, education, and career development of personnel in the security workforce of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (b) Composition of Board.--The security career program board shall include-- (1) the Director of Security (or a representative of the Director of Security); (2) the senior officials, as designated by the Director, with responsibility for personnel management; (3) the senior officials, as designated by the Director, with responsibility for information management; (4) the senior officials, as designated by the Director, with responsibility for training and career development in the various security disciplines; and (5) such other senior officials for the intelligence community as the Director may designate. (c) Chairperson.--The Director of Security (or a representative of the Director of Security) shall be the chairperson of the board. (d) Subordinate Boards.--The Director of Security may establish a subordinate board structure to which functions of the security career program board may be delegated. SEC. 205. DESIGNATION OF SECURITY POSITIONS. (a) Designation.--The Director shall designate, by regulation, those positions in the Federal Bureau of Investigation that are security positions for purposes of this Act. (b) Required Positions.--In designating security positions under subsection (a), the Director shall include, at a minimum, all security- related positions in the areas of-- (1) personnel security and access control; (2) information systems security and information assurance; (3) physical security and technical surveillance countermeasures; (4) operational, program, and industrial security; and (5) information security and classification management. SEC. 206. CAREER DEVELOPMENT. (a) Career Paths.--The Director shall ensure that appropriate career paths for personnel who wish to pursue careers in security are identified in terms of the education, training, experience, and assignments necessary for career progression to the most senior security positions and shall make available published information on those career paths. (b) Limitation on Preference for Special Agents.-- (1) In general.--Except as provided in the policy established under paragraph (2), the Attorney General shall ensure that no requirement or preference for a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (referred to in this title as a ``Special Agent'') is used in the consideration of persons for security positions. (2) Policy.--The Attorney General shall establish a policy that permits a particular security position to be specified as available only to Special Agents, if a determination is made, under criteria specified in the policy, that a Special Agent-- (A) is required for that position by law; (B) is essential for performance of the duties of the position; or (C) is necessary for another compelling reason. (3) Report.--Not later than December 15 of each year, the Director shall submit to the Attorney General a report that lists-- (A) each security position that is restricted to Special Agents under the policy established under paragraph (2); and (B) the recommendation of the Director as to whether each restricted security position should remain restricted. (c) Opportunities To Qualify.--The Attorney General shall ensure that all personnel, including Special Agents, are provided the opportunity to acquire the education, training, and experience necessary to qualify for senior security positions. (d) Best Qualified.--The Attorney General shall ensure that the policies established under this Act are designed to provide for the selection of the best qualified individual for a position, consistent with other applicable law. (e) Assignments Policy.--The Attorney General shall establish a policy for assigning Special Agents to security positions that provides for a balance between-- (1) the need for personnel to serve in career enhancing positions; and (2) the need for requiring service in each such position for sufficient time to provide the stability necessary to carry out effectively the duties of the position and to allow for the establishment of responsibility and accountability for actions taken in the position. (f) Length of Assignment.--In implementing the policy established under subsection (b)(2), the Director shall provide, as appropriate, for longer lengths of assignments to security positions than assignments to other positions. (g) Performance Appraisals.--The Director shall provide an opportunity for review and inclusion of any comments on any appraisal of the performance of a person serving in a security position by a person serving in a security position in the same security career field. (h) Balanced Workforce Policy.--In the development of security workforce policies under this Act with respect to any employees or applicants for employment, the Attorney General shall, consistent with the merit system principles set out in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 2301(b) of title 5, United States Code, take into consideration the need to maintain a balanced workforce in which women and members of racial and ethnic minority groups are appropriately represented in Government service. SEC. 207. GENERAL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS. (a) In General.--The Director shall establish education, training, and experience requirements for each security position, based on the level of complexity of duties carried out in the position. (b) Qualification Requirements.--Before being assigned to a position as a program manager or deputy program manager of a significant security program, a person-- (1) must have completed a security program management course that is accredited by the Intelligence Community- Department of Defense Joint Security Training Consortium or is determined to be comparable by the Director; and (2) must have not less than 6 years experience in security, of which not less than 2 years were performed in a similar program office or organization. SEC. 208. EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. (a) In General.--The Director, in consultation with the Director of Central Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense, shall establish and implement education and training programs for persons serving in security positions in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (b) Other Programs.--The Director shall ensure that programs established under subsection (a) are established and implemented, to the maximum extent practicable, uniformly with the programs of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. SEC. 209. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT APPROVAL. (a) In General.--The Attorney General shall submit any requirement that is established under section 207 to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management for approval. (b) Final Approval.--If the Director does not disapprove the requirements established under section 207 within 30 days after the date on which the Director receives the requirement, the requirement is deemed to be approved by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. TITLE III--FBI COUNTERINTELLIGENCE POLYGRAPH PROGRAM SEC. 301. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) Polygraph program.--The term ``polygraph program'' means the counterintelligence screening polygraph program established under section 302. (2) Polygraph review.--The term ``Polygraph Review'' means the review of the scientific validity of the polygraph for counterintelligence screening purposes conducted by the Committee to Review the Scientific Evidence on the Polygraph of the National Academy of Sciences. SEC. 302. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM. Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General, in consultation with the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of Security of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall establish a counterintelligence screening polygraph program for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that consists of periodic polygraph examinations of-- (1) employees, contractor employees, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who are in positions specified by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as exceptionally sensitive in order to minimize the potential for unauthorized release or disclosure of exceptionally sensitive information; or
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