"In June 2006, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security signed an implementation plan to support state and local fusion centers and designated the Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the executive agent for managing the department's role in the nationwide Fusion Center Initiative. The department's fusion center program is intended to provide information, people, technology, and other resources to fusion centers to create a web of interconnected information nodes across the country. At the request of Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, we assessed whether the Department of Homeland Security is providing adequate oversight and guidance for fusion centers, and what problems and challenges are being encountered as fusion centers develop. Specifically, we determined: the extent to which the department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis has been working to coordinate and develop its relationship and role with fusion centers; whether fusion center funding and activities are aligned to further the department's mission; the merits of detailing Office of Intelligence and Analysis staff to fusion centers; and whether the Office of Intelligence and Analysis is successful in backfilling positions used to staff fusion centers. Office of Intelligence and Analysis coordination efforts with fusion centers are improving and evolving, and its intelligence officers assigned to fusion centers have added value. However, challenges remain with internal Department of Homeland Security coordination, aligning fusion center activities and funding with the department's mission, and deploying personnel to state and local fusion centers in a timely manner."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-09-12
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