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H.R. 3503 (114th): Department of Homeland Security Support to Fusion Centers Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 11, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3503

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 11, 2015

(for herself, Mr. McCaul, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Loudermilk, and Mr. Barletta) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To require an assessment of fusion center personnel needs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Homeland Security Support to Fusion Centers Act of 2015.

2.

Fusion center personnel needs assessment

(a)

In general

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the appropriate components and offices of the Department and the Homeland Security Advisors of the States, shall, in consultation with the principal officials of the fusion centers in the National Network of Fusion Centers, conduct a needs assessment of Department personnel assigned to fusion centers pursuant to subsection (c) of section 210A of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 124h), including an assessment of whether deploying additional Department personnel to such fusion centers would enhance the Department’s mission under section 101(b) of such Act and the National Network of Fusion Centers. The assessment required under this subsection shall include the following:

(1)

Information on the current deployment of the Department’s personnel to each fusion center.

(2)

Information on the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis’ intelligence officers, intelligence analysts, senior reports officers, reports officers, and regional directors deployed to fusion centers.

(3)

Information on Federal resources, in addition to personnel, provided to each fusion center.

(4)

An assessment of whether deploying additional personnel, as described in paragraph (2), would enhance intelligence and information sharing between the Department and Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

(5)

An assessment of fusion centers located in jurisdictions along land and maritime borders of the United States, and the degree to which deploying personnel, as appropriate, from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Coast Guard to such fusion centers would enhance the integrity and security at such borders by helping Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement authorities to identify, investigate, and interdict persons, weapons, and related contraband that pose a threat to homeland security.

(6)

An assessment of fusion centers located in jurisdictions with large and medium hub airports, and the degree to which deploying, as appropriate, personnel from the Transportation Security Administration to such fusion centers would enhance the integrity and security of aviation security.

(b)

Report

Not later than 60 days after the completion of the assessment required under subsection (a), the Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the appropriate components and offices of the Department of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate such assessment, together with a report on the following:

(1)

The number of personnel assigned to fusion centers from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security, including a breakdown of the types of positions assigned and the methodology for determining the fusion centers to which such personnel are assigned.

(2)

The number of personnel assigned to the National Network of Fusion Centers from components and offices of the Department of Homeland Security and the methodology for determining the fusion centers to which such personnel are assigned.

(3)

An implementation plan for determining how the Department’s personnel resources will be allocated to fusion centers in the future.

3.

Program for State and local analyst clearances

(a)

In general

The Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Chief Security Officer of the Department, shall establish a program to provide eligibility for access to information classified as Top Secret pursuant to Executive Order 13526 (50 U.S.C. 3161 note) for State and local analysts located in fusion centers.

(b)

Report

Not later than two years after the establishment of the program required under subsection (a), the Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the following:

(1)

The effects of such program on the Department’s ability to sponsor such Top Secret clearances for State and local analysts located in designated fusion centers.

(2)

The effects of such program on enhancing information sharing with State, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

(3)

The cost for providing additional training and providing such Top Secret clearances for State and local analysts.

(4)

The effect of such program on increasing the situational awareness of key stakeholders of the fusion centers, including Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement and emergency response providers.

4.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Fusion center

The term fusion center has the meaning given such term in subsection (j) of section 210A of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 124h).

(2)

National Network of Fusion Centers

The term National Network of Fusion Centers means a decentralized arrangement of fusion centers intended to enhance individual State and urban area fusion centers’ ability to leverage the capabilities and expertise of all such fusion centers for the purpose of enhancing analysis and homeland security information sharing nationally.