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H.R. 526 (115th): Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2017


H.R. 526 establishes a counterterrorism advisory board within the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to counterterrorism. Members of the Board will include senior representatives from the operational components of the Department, support agencies, and other offices and programs determined appropriate by the Secretary. The Chair of the Board will serve at the Counterterrorism Coordinator, and submit a report to the homeland security committees of the House and the Senate on the status and activities of the board.

Last updated Mar 18, 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 Jan 31, 2017.


Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a board to coordinate and integrate DHS's intelligence, activities, and policy related to its counterterrorism mission and functions. The board shall: (1) advise the Secretary of DHS on the issuance of terrorism alerts, and (2) meet on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities.

The board's charter shall direct it to focus on the current threat environment and the importance of aligning departmental counterterrorism activities under the Secretary's guidance.

The Secretary shall appoint a Coordinator for Counterterrorism within DHS who shall: (1) serve as the chair of the board, and (2) report on the board's status and activities.