Ten Years Later: Report on 9/11 Commission Act

This year marks the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and ten years since the enactment of the 9/11 Commission Act. In response to these anniversaries, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released a report on September 11, 2017, titled “Ten Years Later: Major Homeland Security Mandates of the 9/11 Commission Act.”

The report reviews the Department of Homeland Security’s progress on the ten main mandates presented in the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, as well as provides an update regarding the state of America’s ability to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism:

“Today, America is far better equipped than it was on September 11, 2001, to prepare for, prevent, and respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. The gains in preparedness are exemplified by the heroic responses to the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December 2015, the Orlando night club mass shooting in June 2016, and the New York/New Jersey bombings in October 2016. Since 9/11, Federal investments in local preparedness and bolstering information sharing have helped deliver measurable progress in the level of security across the Nation. Still, we must stay vigilant and fully-engaged with homeland security partners to effectively address the dynamic range of threats that, in addition to traditional terrorist threats, today include cybersecurity attacks on critical infrastructure and violence by neo-Nazi, white supremacist, anti-government, and other domestic terror groups.”

The ten most prominent mandates reviewed within the report cover issues such as interoperability, air and maritime cargo security, information sharing, and biosurveillance. In addition, the report addresses the changes in the threat landscape over the last decade as well as improvements in preparation for and prevention of future attacks. It also offers recommendations given the evolution of threats, and provides extensive background on the ten mandates covered.

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