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H.R. 2470 (115th): Homeland Threat Assessment Act

H.R. 2470 requires the Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, to submit an annual assessment of the terrorist threat to the homeland. The Under Secretary is directed to use departmental information, including component information and information provided through State and major urban area fusion centers, to conduct the assessment.

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A;) is responsible for equipping the Homeland Security Enterprise with the timely intelligence and information it needs to keep the Homeland safe, secure, and resilient. I&A; is a member of the Intelligence Community and it’s the only community element statutorily charged with delivering intelligence to our state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners.

H.R. 2470 was included in H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security Reauthorization Act, which passed the House on July 20th, 2017, by a vote of 386-41.

Last updated Sep 26, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 12, 2017.

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Homeland Threat Assessment Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis to assess the terrorist threat to the homeland for each of the next five fiscal years.

Each assessment shall include:

empirical data assessing terrorist activities and incidents over time in the United States; an evaluation of current and future terrorist tactics; an assessment of criminal activity suspected of financing terrorist activity; detailed information on all individuals denied entry to or removed from the United States as a result of material support provided to a foreign terrorist organization; the efficacy and spread of foreign terrorist organization propaganda, messaging, or recruitment; an assessment of threats, including cyber threats, to the homeland, including to critical infrastructure and federal civilian networks; an assessment of terrorism and criminal threats posed by individuals and organized groups seeking to unlawfully enter the United States; and an assessment of threats to the transportation sector.