curity missions of State, local, and tribal governments and the Department of Home-land Security. In conducting the study, the Comptroller General shall review theprocess by which the Civil Air Patrol may provide assistance to the Secretary of Homeland Security, other Federal agencies, and States to support homeland secu-rity missions by—(1) providing aerial reconnaissance or communications capabilities for bordersecurity;(2) providing capabilities for collective response to an act of terrorism, naturaldisaster, or other man-made event, by assisting in damage assessment and situ-ational awareness, conducting search and rescue operations, assisting in evacu-ations, transporting time-sensitive medical or other materials; or(3) such other activities as may be determined appropriate by the ComptrollerGeneral in the conduct of this review.(b) R
.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, theComptroller General shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of theHouse of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Govern-mental Affairs of the Senate a report containing the findings of the review con-ducted under subsection (a). The report shall include—(1) an assessment of the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of using Civil AirPatrol assets for the purposes described in subsection (a); and(2) an assessment as to whether the current mechanisms for Federal agenciesand States to request support from the Civil Air Patrol are sufficient or whethernew agreements between relevant Federal agencies and the Civil Air Patrol arenecessary.(c) R
.—Not later than 90 days after completing the studyunder this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall review and analyze thestudy and submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Rep-resentatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on such review and analysis, which shall include any rec-ommendations of the Secretary for further action that could affect the organizationand administration of the Department of Homeland Security.
Amend the title so as to read:
A bill to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a studyon the use of Civil Air Patrol personnel and resources to support homeland securitymissions, and for other purposes.
The purpose of H.R. 1333 is to amend the Homeland Security Actof 2002 to direct the Secretary to enter into an agreement with theSecretary of the Air Force to use Civil Air Patrol personnel and re-sources to support homeland security missions.B
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has a long history of service to theNation, including providing assistance to State and local govern-ments in times of need. While CAP was formed at the outbreak of the Second World War, during which it patrolled the Nation’s east-ern coastline to protect against the threat of German U-boats, theCAP was formally made the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force on May 26, 1948 (Public Law 557 (Pub. L. 80–557)). Be-tween July 1942 and April 1944, the Civil Air Patrol Southern Liai-son Patrol was given the task of patrolling the border betweenBrownsville, Texas, and Douglas, Arizona. The Southern LiaisonPatrol logged approximately 30,000 flight hours and patrolledroughly 1,000 miles of the land separating the United States andMexico. Since that time, the primary mission and operations of theorganization have changed. Today, CAP is best known for edu-cation and Cadet Programs and for its inland search and rescue(SAR) capabilities. CAP flies nearly 95 percent of inland SAR mis-sions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and
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