McSally bill aims to strengthen DHS preparedness-center network

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U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced a bill on Monday to improve national security preparedness on the local and federal levels.

The bill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Support to Fusion Centers Act, would require that DHS assess the benefits of having additional DHS staff assigned to fusion centers and would give higher levels of security clearance to local intelligence analysts.

Fusion centers were established nationwide after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. These centers are staffed by local and federal law enforcement and intelligence personnel.

“Today, 14 years after Islamist extremists carried out the most devastating terrorist attack in our nation’s history, we are reminded of the need for constant information gathering and sharing about the security threats we face,” McSally said. “This bill is the result of numerous meetings I’ve had with intelligence and law enforcement officials in Arizona and at the Department of Homeland Security. It ensures intelligence centers across the country are adequately manned while providing local law enforcement members with the access they need to critical threat information. Better information sharing is key to protecting our communities, and I’m proud to introduce this important legislation.”

This bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX).

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