Serial No. 109-99: State and Local Fusion Centers and the Role of DHS: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science, and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, September 7, 2006   [open pdf - 150KB]

From the opening statement of Rob Simmons. "By unanimous consent, I request that this hearing of the subcommittee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment will come to order. Are there any objections? Hearing none, the subcommittee meets today to hear testimony on the Department's progress in implementing one of the most fundamental aspects of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, specifically, how DHS intends to support State and local information sharing efforts. I will request that the reminder of my opening statement be placed in the record as if read, and I will simply share again with Mr. Allen my view that the success of fusion centers in many respects will be the benchmark of our success in securing the homeland, that this is one of the most innovative and critical developments that we have, and that we must succeed in this initiative if Federal, State, local and tribal entities are to be successful in sharing information to protecting people in a variety of different locations throughout the Nation. I note, Mr. Allen, that you agree with that. I hear some of the others nodding in agreement. So at this point I will ask our first witness, Mr. Charles Allen, to begin with his testimony." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Rob Simmons, Charles E. Allen, Kenneth Bouche, Amy Whitmore, and Richard L. Canas.

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