8. Coordination

1. Policy Development 2. Policy Implementation 3. Operations
4. Compliance
5. Oversight 6. Redress
7. Outreach 8. Coordination 9. SME
  10. Training  

Interagency Agreements and MOUs

In addition to interacting with ISE entities, fusion centers have an important responsibility to build strong partnerships with other field-based law enforcement and homeland security entities at all levels of government.

A sample Fusion Center Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (4pp | 104kb | PDF) focuses on the creation of a fusion center and is intended to set forth guidelines regarding the establishment of a fusion center. The MOU identifies ten sections that address different aspects of a fusion center, all of which should be addressed during development in order to build a strong foundation.

A sample Statewide Intelligence System Control Group Sample Memorandum of Understanding (2pp | 41kb | PDF) describes an MOU between a law enforcement agency and the Statewide Intelligence System (SIS) control group. The MOU discusses the objectives and composition of the SIS control group, applicability, implementation, and authority of the MOU, and the amendments and termination rights as signing agencies of the MOU.

Liaise with Oversight and Interagency Entities

In addition to monitoring the issues that garner federal oversight interest by keeping up-to-date on Congressional oversight committees, engaging with oversight and interagency entities will help your fusion center justify continued support of the National Network of Fusion Centers.

There may be governmental entities on a state, local, tribal, and territorial level that your fusion center is required to report to and others that may be able to assist with if you appropriately engage them.

On the federal level, the Privacy Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) (2pp | 177kb | PDF), an independent agency within the executive branch established to ensure that actions in the executive branch related to terrorism (12pp | 224kb | PDF) are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties, has taken an interest in fusion centers.

Congressional oversight committees, independently and through the Government Accountability Office (GAO), have conducted in-depth research on fusion centers. A representation of the most important and recent reports from these entities can be found in the Library.

Source: The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Privacy Office.
Last date page updated: 08/13/13 (CRCL)

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