To reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System.
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 ``National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. NIDIS PROGRAM AMENDMENTS.
Section 3 of the National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006 (15 U.S.C. 313d) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a) by inserting before the period at the end the following: ``to better inform and provide for more timely decisionmaking to reduce drought related impacts and costs''; (2) by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following: ``(b) System Functions.--The National Integrated Drought Information System shall-- ``(1) provide an effective drought early warning system that-- ``(A) collects and integrates information on the key indicators of drought in order to make usable, reliable, and timely forecasts of drought, including assessments of the severity of drought conditions and impacts; and ``(B) provides such information, forecasts, and assessments on both national and regional levels; ``(2) communicate drought forecasts, drought conditions, and drought impacts on an ongoing basis to-- ``(A) decisionmakers at the Federal, regional, State, tribal, and local levels of government; ``(B) the private sector; and ``(C) the public; ``(3) provide timely data, information, and products that reflect local, regional, and State differences in drought conditions; ``(4) coordinate, and integrate as practicable, Federal research in support of a drought early warning system; ``(5) build upon existing forecasting and assessment programs and...