Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Impact Assessment: DHS Support to the National Network of Fusion Centers   [open pdf - 435KB]

"In accordance with CRCL's [Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties] statutory obligation to oversee compliance with constitutional, statutory, regulatory, policy, and other requirements relating to the civil rights and civil liberties of individuals affected by the programs and activities of the Department, this Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Impact Assessment examines support to the National Network of Fusion Centers (National Network). DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) is charged with managing DHS's support to the National Network, under the coordination of the State and Local Program Office (SLPO). Fusion centers are generally sustained by a combination of state and local appropriations and the use of federal grant funds obtained primarily from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). CRCL is conducting this assessment pursuant to Section 511 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, as a follow-up to an initial assessment of the National Network's concept of operations, which was completed in 2008. […] The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Department as a whole are committed to protecting civil rights and civil liberties in both policy design and practice, and to enhancing individual liberty when there is no countervailing harm to the Department's homeland security mission."

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