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Intelligence and Information-Sharing Elements of S.4 and H.R. 1

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Title I of S.4 and Title VII of H.R. 1 include corresponding measures related to enhancing information and intelligence sharing, both horizontally within the Federal Government and vertically between the Federal Government and state and local law enforcement and homeland security authorities. The companion bills have two common subtitles one each for the Homeland Security Information Sharing Enhancement and Homeland Security Information Sharing Partnerships and a number of unique subtitles. Each of the common subtitles does not necessarily contain identical language. Three subtitles unique to H.R. 1 are as follows 1 the Fusion and Law Enforcement Education and Teaming FLEET Grant Program, 2 the Border Intelligence Fusion Center Program, and 3 the Homeland Security Intelligence Offices Reorganization. One subtitle, the Interagency Threat Assessment Coordination Group ITACG, is unique to S.4. With respect to Homeland Security Information Sharing Enhancement, the bills would require the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security DHS to integrate and standardize the information of DHS intelligence components into a Department information-sharing environment. Among other measures, the bills would require the Secretary of DHS to implement a Homeland Security Advisory System, which shall provide each warning or alert specific information and advice on...appropriate protective measures and countermeasures that may be taken in response to the threat or risk. Furthermore, the responsible DHS official shall, ...whenever possible, limit the scope of each advisory or warning to a specific region, locality, or economic sector believed to be at risk. Unique to H.R. 1 is a proposal that DHS not use color designations as the exclusive means of specifying homeland security threat conditions. DHS would be required to develop mechanisms to provide feedback to state, local, tribal, and private sector officials on the utility of information they gathered.

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  • Information Science
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Intelligence

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