1. Policy Development
|1. Policy Development||2. Policy Implementation||3. Operations|
||5. Oversight||6. Redress|
|7. Outreach||8. Coordination||9. SME|
Develop, review, and update P/CRCL Policy
A solid foundation in fusion center requirements will assist in developing a strong P/CRCL Policy. The Fusion Center Guidelines (104pp | 4mb | PDF) and Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers (70pp | 5.4mb | PDF) are a good starting point. In addition, short spotlights and lessons learned documents on specific issues related to fusion center operations and policies can be found on the Lessons Learned Information Sharing page.
Global Privacy Resources (16pp | 4.4mb | PDF) provides excellent in-depth documents that fusion centers can utilize in developing their policies and procedures. The Criminal Intelligence Resources Guide (24pp | 2.7mb | PDF) provides a fairly comprehensive list of guidance documents related to fusion centers. Another source of in-depth studies on fusion centers, privacy concerns, and other issues in the ISE is the Naval Postgraduate Academy's thesis depository.
Update P/CRCL Policy
Each fusion center and its governance process is unique. Your fusion center may require policies and procedures to be approved by a governance board. For example, some fusion centers have a P/CRCL subcommittee that will be involved in the development and approval of P/CRCL policies and procedures. To start the conversation about the importance of P/CRCL issues to members of the governance board, the Executive Summary for Justice Decision Makers Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Program Development (4pp | 1.2mb | PDF) document provides a solid primer.
For general information on governance issues in the ISE, the PM-ISE Building Blocks provides a good baseline. DHS also coordinates two federal governance bodies (2pp | 1.2mb | PDF) that provide federal support to fusion centers. While the P/CRCL Officer will likely not directly interact with these governance bodies they may come across guidance that applies to fusion centers.
Monitor Changes in P/CRCL laws
Another excellent mechanism for keeping abreast of new developments in P/CRCL issues is to follow the various Congressional Committees that have oversight over DHS and P/CRCL issues.
Development of Guidance
Opportunities exist for you to share your knowledge and expertise to advance the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Serving as a mentor to less experienced P/CRCL Officers is one way to increase the capacity of not just another fusion center, but of the entire National Network.
Consider contributing to the work of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative or connecting with your colleagues through the National Fusion Center Association. Other peer collaboration opportunities exist through the Justice Information Sharing Practitioners network, the Fusion Center Exchange Program (2pp | 2.7mb | PDF), and dozens of groups specializing in training and technical assistance.
Participation in the Annual Fusion Center Assessment and Gap Mitigation Activities help us collectively assess the state of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections in the fusion center enterprise and identify gaps where additional guidance and standards could be helpful.