September 29, 2023

Congressman Daniel Webster just lately co-introduced the bipartisan Passport Modernization Act, a invoice to make the passport software course of simpler and extra environment friendly.

“My workplace has heard from numerous constituents as they’ve confronted irritating delays with their passport functions,” stated Webster, a Republican who represents The Villages within the U.S. Home of Representatives. “This laws will convey a lot wanted modifications to assist convey down wait occasions, modernize our processes and enhance accountability to higher serve the American folks.”

Particularly, this invoice will:
• Present Particular Hiring Authority to the Secretary of State to rent completely Passport and Visa Analyzing Collection (GSA Code 0967) for 3 years.
• Require the Secretary to supply quarterly reviews on processing occasions, delays and strategies which might be getting used to eradicate the backlog.
• Require the Division of State to modernize the web passport submitting system.
• Require the GAO to conduct a report on Nationwide Passport Info Middle operations.

The invoice follows a Could sixteenth letter Webster and greater than 160 colleagues despatched to the State Division with particular questions concerning their inner communications and processes for passport functions to know the challenges dealing with the State Division.

Co-sponsors embody Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA), Zach Nunn (R-IA), Cory Mills (R-FL), Max Miller (R-OH), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR), Maria Salazar (R-FL), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Susie Lee (D-NV).