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March 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on House passage of the Enhancing the Department of Homeland Security's Fusion Center Technical Assistance Program Act. H.R. 5099 is a bipartisan bill introduced by Republican Rep. Ron Estes (KS-04) and co-sponsored by Rep. Jacky Rosen. The bill would create a technical assistance program for fusion centers, including Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grantees.


“Ensuring that our communities have the necessary resources and assistance to prevent terrorist attacks is critical,” said Rosen. “The passage of this bill in the House puts us one step closer to giving Nevada’s DHS fusion centers the support they need to operate as effectively as possible. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that our communities stay safe from these kinds of threats.”


BACKGROUND: H.R. 5099 requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with the National Network of Fusion Centers and other relevant stakeholders to establish a fusion center technical assistance program. The program would provide technical assistance to fusion centers regarding the use of grant funding from UASI and other DHS grant programs, terrorism prevention activities, and intelligence and information sharing. The bill would also require DHS to make available to fusion centers and others best practices regarding fusion center operations, information sharing, analysis of homeland security threats (including cyber threats), and privacy protection.