DHS' Efforts To Coordinate and Enhance Its Support and Information Sharing with Fusion Centers   [open pdf - 5MB]

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) coordinates activities to improve information sharing efforts among federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies and the private sector as required by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. To promote greater information sharing and collaboration among federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement entities, state and local authorities established fusion centers throughout the country. A fusion center is a collaboration of two or more agencies to receive, gather, analyze, and disseminate information intending to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal or terrorist activity. DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), through its State and Local Program Office, is responsible for coordinating federal support to fusion centers. [...] We assessed DHS' efforts to coordinate and enhance its support to fusion centers as part of our Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Performance Plan. Specifically, we reviewed whether: (1) the State and Local Program Office satisfies the intent of DHS' recommitment to the State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative; (2) planned State and Local Program Office efforts will ensure coordinated support of DHS and its components to provide needed information and resources to fusion centers; and (3) any functional or organizational challenges exist within DHS that hinder its successful support to fusion centers. Since July 2009, the State and Local Program Office has increased field support to fusion centers, worked to improve fusion center capabilities, and engaged DHS components. Efforts to develop a department-wide fusion center support strategy are ongoing, but improvements are needed to enhance I&A field deployments and DHS component support. We are making seven recommendations to assist the State and Local Program Office in improving DHS' support to fusion centers; I&A concurred with all recommendations."

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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-12-10
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United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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