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H.R. 504: DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 29, 2019 (Passed the House).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 504

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of Homeland Security to develop an engagement strategy with fusion centers, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act.

2.

Engagement strategy with fusion centers

Section 210A of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 124h) is amended by—

(1)

redesigning subsections (j) and (k) as subsections (k) and (l), respectively; and

(2)

inserting after subsection (i) the following new subsection:

(j)

Fusion center information sharing strategy

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall develop and update at least once every five years a strategy for Department engagement with fusion centers. Such strategy shall be developed and updated in consultation with the heads of intelligence components of the Department, the Chief Privacy Officer of the Department, the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department, officials of fusion centers, officers designated as Homeland Security Advisors, and the heads of other relevant agencies, as appropriate. Such strategy shall include the following:

(1)

Specific goals and objectives for sharing information and engaging with fusion centers—

(A)

through the direct deployment of personnel from intelligence components of the Department;

(B)

through the use of Department unclassified and classified information sharing systems, including the Homeland Security Information Sharing Network and the Homeland Secure Data Network, or any successor systems; and

(C)

through any additional means.

(2)

The performance metrics to be used to measure success in achieving the goals and objectives referred to in paragraph (1).

(3)

A five-year plan for continued engagement with fusion centers.

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3.

Office of Intelligence and Analysis field personnel support to fusion centers

(a)

Performance metrics

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security shall—

(1)

consider the effectiveness of existing processes to identify and prepare field personnel for deployment to support fusion centers and internal mechanisms to ensure oversight and accountability of such field personnel, including field personnel assigned to one center and field personnel assigned to multiple centers; and

(2)

publish and disseminate performance metrics, taking into account, as appropriate, regional and threat diversity, for—

(A)

field personnel from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis assigned to an individual fusion center;

(B)

field personnel from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis assigned to multiple fusion centers; and

(C)

regional Directors of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis to ensure accountability for monitoring all field personnel under the supervision of such Regional Directors.

(b)

Training

In consultation with the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis of the Department shall develop and implement a formalized training module for fusion center personnel regarding the classified Homeland Secure Data Network of the Department, or any successor system.

(c)

Fusion center defined

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

4.

DHS component usage of the Homeland Security Information Network

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Chief Intelligence Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Chief Information Officer of the Department, shall—

(1)

develop policies and metrics to ensure effective use by components of the Department of the Department’s unclassified Homeland Security Information Sharing Network, or any successor system; and

(2)

develop policies for posting unclassified products on the Homeland Security Information Sharing Network, or any successor system.

(b)

Technical enhancements

The Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Chief Intelligence Officer of the Department, shall assess and implement, as appropriate, technical enhancements to the Homeland Security Information Sharing Network (HSIN) to improve usability, including search functionality, data analysis, and collaboration capabilities.

5.

Report

Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate a report on the implementation of the following:

(1)

The fusion center information sharing strategy required under subsection (j) of section 210A of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 124h), as added by section 2 of this Act, based on performance metrics developed pursuant to such strategy.

(2)

Field personnel deployed to fusion centers (as such term is defined in section 210A of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 124h)) in accordance with section 3, based on performance metrics developed pursuant to such section.

(3)

Policies that seek to ensure the effective use of the Homeland Security Information Sharing Network in accordance with section 4, based on the metrics developed pursuant to such section.

Passed the House of Representatives January 29, 2019.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.