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Title: Homeland Security: Federal Efforts are Helping to Address Some Challenges Faced by State and Local Fusion Centers
Author(s): Eileen R. Larence
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
United States of America
Date Published: April 2008
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Publication Number: GAO-08-636T
Sale Source: US Government Accountability Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This reports presents testimony from Eileen R. Larence, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues on the characteristics of fusion centers throughout the United States since September 2007 and Federal efforts and initiatives to assist in alleviating challenges that fusion centers have identified.
Abstract: Fusion centers, formed under State and local governments after the September 11 terrorist attacks as collaborative efforts to detect, prevent, investigate and respond to criminal or terrorist activity, vary in their characteristics and are operated or being established in almost all States and several local jurisdictions across the country. Forty-three to 58 of the fusion centers contacted described their centers as operational as of September 2007. Today, fusion centers are facing challenges in several areas with Federal efforts under way to assist in addressing these challenges. Efforts being undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), along with the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) to address these challenges include: (1) improve the quality and flow of information through the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group’s efforts to provide a nonfederal perspective to the intelligence community and its products; (2) improve reciprocity of security clearances with Federal agencies; (3) DHS and DOJ, along with the PM-ISE continue to take steps to develop guidance and provide technical assistance and training; and (4) under the National Strategy, issued by the President in October 2007, the Federal Government will continue to support the establishment of fusion centers and help sustain them through grant funding, technical assistance, and training. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Criminal justice system coordination; Federal government; National security
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism intelligence; Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; Domestic terrorism; Federal aid; Interagency cooperation; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Threat assessment
Note: Downloaded on April 23, 2008. Testimony Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate.
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