6 U.S. Code § 391 - Research and development projects

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(a) Authority
Until September 30, 2014, and subject to subsection (d), the Secretary may carry out a pilot program under which the Secretary may exercise the following authorities:
(1) In general
When the Secretary carries out basic, applied, and advanced research and development projects, including the expenditure of funds for such projects, the Secretary may exercise the same authority (subject to the same limitations and conditions) with respect to such research and projects as the Secretary of Defense may exercise under section 2371 of title 10 (except for subsections (b) and (f)), after making a determination that the use of a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement for such project is not feasible or appropriate. The annual report required under subsection (b) of this section, as applied to the Secretary by this paragraph, shall be submitted to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(2) Prototype projects
The Secretary may, under the authority of paragraph (1), carry out prototype projects in accordance with the requirements and conditions provided for carrying out prototype projects under section 845 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (Public Law 103–160). In applying the authorities of that section 845,subsection (c) of that section shall apply with respect to prototype projects under this paragraph, and the Secretary shall perform the functions of the Secretary of Defense under subsection (d) thereof.
(b) Procurement of temporary and intermittent services
The Secretary may—
(1) procure the temporary or intermittent services of experts or consultants (or organizations thereof) in accordance with section 3109 (b) of title 5; and
(2) whenever necessary due to an urgent homeland security need, procure temporary (not to exceed 1 year) or intermittent personal services, including the services of experts or consultants (or organizations thereof), without regard to the pay limitations of such section 3109.
(c) Additional requirements
(1) In general
The authority of the Secretary under this section shall terminate September 30, 2014, unless before that date the Secretary—
(A) issues policy guidance detailing the appropriate use of that authority; and
(B) provides training to each employee that is authorized to exercise that authority.
(2) Report
The Secretary shall provide an annual report to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives detailing the projects for which the authority granted by subsection (a) was used, the rationale for its use, the funds spent using that authority, the outcome of each project for which that authority was used, and the results of any audits of such projects.
(d) Definition of nontraditional Government contractor
In this section, the term “nontraditional Government contractor” has the same meaning as the term “nontraditional defense contractor” as defined in section 845(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (Public Law 103–160; 10 U.S.C. 2371 note).

Source

(Pub. L. 107–296, title VIII, § 831,Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2224; Pub. L. 110–161, div. E, title V, § 572,Dec. 26, 2007, 121 Stat. 2093; Pub. L. 110–329, div. D, title V, § 537,Sept. 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 3687; Pub. L. 111–83, title V, § 531,Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2174; Pub. L. 112–10, div. B, title VI, § 1651,Apr. 15, 2011, 125 Stat. 146; Pub. L. 112–74, div. D, title V, § 527,Dec. 23, 2011, 125 Stat. 974; Pub. L. 113–6, div. D, title V, § 525,Mar. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 371; Pub. L. 113–76, div. F, title V, § 525,Jan. 17, 2014, 128 Stat. 273.)
References in Text

Section 845 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994, referred to in subsecs. (a)(2) and (d), is section 845 ofPub. L. 103–160, which is set out as a note under section 2371 of Title 10, Armed Forces.
Amendments

2014—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 113–76, § 525(1), substituted “Until September 30, 2014,” for “Until September 30, 2013,” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 113–76, § 525(2), substituted “September 30, 2014,” for “September 30, 2013,” in introductory provisions.
2013—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 113–6, § 525(1), substituted “Until September 30, 2013,” for “Until September 30, 2012,” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 113–6, § 525(2), substituted “September 30, 2013,” for “September 30, 2012,” in introductory provisions.
2011—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–74, § 527(1), substituted “Until September 30, 2012,” for “Until September 30, 2011” in introductory provisions.
Pub. L. 112–10, § 1651(1), substituted “Until September 30, 2011” for “Until September 30, 2010” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–74, § 527(2), (3), redesignatedsubsec. (c) as (b) and struck out former subsec. (b). Text read as follows: “Not later than 2 years after the effective date of this chapter, and annually thereafter, the Comptroller General shall report to the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate on—
“(1) whether use of the authorities described in subsection (a) of this section attracts nontraditional Government contractors and results in the acquisition of needed technologies; and
“(2) if such authorities were to be made permanent, whether additional safeguards are needed with respect to the use of such authorities.”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 112–74, § 527(3), redesignatedsubsec. (d) as (c). Former subsec. (c) redesignated (b).
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 112–74, § 527(4), substituted “September 30, 2012,” for “September 30, 2011” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 112–74, § 527(3), redesignatedsubsec. (e) as (d). Former subsec. (d) redesignated (c).
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 112–10, § 1651(2), substituted “September 30, 2011” for “September 30, 2010” in introductory provisions.
2009—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–83, § 531(1), substituted “September 30, 2010,” for “September 30, 2009” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 111–83, § 531(2), substituted “September 30, 2010,” for “September 30, 2009,” in introductory provisions.
2008—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–329, § 537(1), substituted “Until September 30, 2009 and subject to subsection (d),” for “Until September 30, 2008,” in introductory provisions.
Subsecs. (d), (e). Pub. L. 110–329, § 537(2), (3), added subsec. (d) and redesignated former subsec. (d) as (e).
2007—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–161substituted “Until September 30, 2008” for “During the 5-year period following the effective date of this chapter” in introductory provisions.
Change of Name

Committee on Government Reform of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 6, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Jan. 5, 2007.
Committee on Governmental Affairs of Senate changed to Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of Senate, effective Jan. 4, 2005, by Senate Resolution No. 445, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Oct. 9, 2004.

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6 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 3912014113-76 [Sec.] 525128 Stat. 273
§ 3912013113-6 [Sec.] 525127 Stat. 371

 

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