Department of Homeland Security

DHS's mission is to secure the nation from many threats. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. DHS's duties are wide-ranging, but the goal is keeping America safe.


Fusion Center Sub-Committee

This subcommittee focuses on coordinating federal support to fusion centers by providing guidance and standards to support interconnectivity and to ensure information sharing between and among fusion centers and all levels of government. The subcommittee is co-chaired by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and includes members from Department of Defense (DoD), the Joint Staff, Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the PM‐ISE, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The chair of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) serves in an advisory capacity.


Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)

The NSI is a collaborate effort among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement to establish a national capacity for analyzing and sharing suspicious activity reports (SARs).

The NSI considers part of its core mission to rigorously protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans. The NSI also works closely with the National Network of Fusion Centers.


NSI Management

NSI coordinates and manages the development and deployment of its technology, training and outreach. TheNSI has released a line of online SAR training for a variety of audiences: line officers, corrections, fire, EMS, emergency management, public safety telecommunications, and the private sector. NSI alsodelivers a more intensive on-site training for a variety of audiences.


Source: The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Privacy Office.
Last date page updated: 9/23/14 (CRCL)

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