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Fusion Centers Highlighted in Recent Congressional Testimony

 "The Department of Homeland Security was established after 9/11 and it has developed its own intelligence component. There are now 72 fusion centers around the country to serve as the focal points for the receipt, analysis and sharing of threat-related information with state and local authorities."

-       Senator Diane Feinstein, House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees Joint Hearing on the Threats Against the United States Since September 11, 2001,  September 13, 2011

 "Fusion centers, which I think are a great step forward, something that didn't exist 10 years ago and there are now some 72 of them. And very candidly, some are much better than others. I've visited some that I think are extremely capable. There is a federal nexus to ensure that appropriately designated information is shared quickly with state and local officials."

-       Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees Joint Hearing on the Threats Against the United States Since September 11, 2001,  September 13, 2011

 "I want to talk to you about fusion centers. I have been a supporter of fusion centers. I've visited two of them, one in a large, urban area and one in a rural state. And I've seen the information sharing that they do, and I've been impressed.

-       Senator Susan Collins, Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?, September 13, 2011

 "We now have the 72 fusion centers. We've moved our own analysts into the fusion centers themselves so that they can help not only with the gathering and receipt of information, but with the analysis of information. And that itself is helpful. If you look at Zazi and you look at Faisal Shahzad and you look at Pauline-Ramirez, who was connected with Jihad Jane, in all of those cases you would see fusion center activity that was very, very helpful. And indeed, this past three days and ongoing, with the ongoing threat that has been described to you, fusion centers are active in that as well."

-       Secretary Janet Napolitano, Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?, September 13, 2011

 "May I suggest you visit your fusion center?  We have 72 fusion centers around the country.I think they represent probably the best hope for giving you the kind of response you want on unity of effort in any given crisis.

-       The Honorable Lee Hamilton, Former Vice-Chairman National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Hearing on The Attacks of September 11th: Where are We Today, September 8, 2011

 

 

 You can find videos of each of these hearings on the following Congressional websites

 

House and Senate Select Intelligence Committees Joint Hearing on the Threats Against the United States Since September 11

(http://intelligence.house.gov/hearing/joint-hpscissci-hearing-state-intelligence-reform-10-years-after-911) 

 

 Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?

(http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=dcd53af6-b21b-42cb-b52b-387efd6e6ca8)

 

 Hearing on The Attacks of September 11th: Where are We Today

(http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/%E2%80%9C-attacks-september-11th-where-are-we-today%E2%80%9D)

 

 
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FY 2010 DHS grant funds may not be used to support fusion center-related initiatives unless the fusion center is able to certify that privacy and civil rights/civil liberties (CR/CL) protections are in place that are determined to be at least as comprehensive as the ISE Privacy Guidelines by the ISE Privacy Guidelines Committee (PGC) within 6 months of the award date on this FY 2010 award. If these protections have not been submitted for review and on file with the ISE PGC, DHS grants funds may only be leveraged to support the development and/or completion of the fusion center's privacy protections requirements.  For more information view Homeland Security grant program guidance and application kit(108 pages .pdf).