Final Report of the Disinformation Best Practices and Safeguards Subcommittee

Disinformation poses a serious threat to many critical missions of the United States. It has been used to undermine public confidence in election security, defraud disaster victims by malicious actors pretending to be FEMA, and disrupt the operations of various government agencies. In May 2022, the Secretary of Homeland Security directed that a Subcommittee of DHS’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) provide recommendations for addressing disinformation.

The Subcommittee’s final report can be accessed here, Final Report of the Disinformation Best Practices and Safeguards Subcommittee. Their assessment describes some of the impacts disinformation has had on national missions (with examples), and gives the following recommendations:

  1. It is Imperative that DHS Address Inaccurate Information that Undermines its Critical Missions
  2. DHS Must Assure that Standards are Maintained
  3. DHS Should Assure that the Department Has the Technical Expertise to Confront Future Threats
  4. DHS Should Bolster the Role of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis
  5. DHS Should Promote Transparency

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