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About the Interagency Security Committee

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People are safe and secure in Federal facilities throughout the country.


We safeguard U.S. nonmilitary facilities from all hazards by developing state-of-the-art security standards in collaboration with public and private homeland security partners.


Leadership for the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) is provided by the chair (the Department's Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection), the Executive Director, and eight standing subcommittees:

  • Steering Subcommittee
  • Standards Subcommittee
  • Technology Best Practices Subcommittee
  • Convergence Subcommittee
  • Training Subcommittee
  • Design-Basis Threat Subcommittee
  • Countermeasures Subcommittee
  • Chair Roundtable Subcommittee


Membership in the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) consists of over 100 senior level executives from 53 Federal agencies and departments. In accordance with Executive Order 12977, modified by Executive Order 13286, primary members represent 21 Federal agencies. Associate membership is determined at the discretion of the ISC Steering Committee and the ISC Chair. Currently associate members represent 32 Federal departments.

ISC Primary Members

  1. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  2. Central Intelligence Agency
  3. Department of Agriculture
  4. Department of Commerce
  5. Department of Defense
  6. Department of Education
  7. Department of Energy
  8. Department of Health and Human Services
  9. Department of Homeland Security
  10. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  11. Department of the Interior
  12. Department of Justice
  13. Department of Labor
  14. Department of State
  15. Department of Transportation
  16. Department of the Treasury
  17. Department of Veterans Affairs
  18. Environmental Protection Agency
  19. General Services Administration
  20. Office of Management and Budget
  21. U.S. Marshals Service

Associate Members

  1. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  2. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  3. Federal Aviation Administration
  4. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  5. Federal Communications Commission
  6. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  7. Federal Emergency Management Agency
  8. Federal Protective Service
  9. Federal Reserve Board
  10. Federal Trade Commission
  11. Government Accountability Office
  12. Internal Revenue Service
  13. National Aeronautics & Space Administration
  14. National Archives & Records Administration
  15. National Capital Planning Commission
  16. National Institute of Building Sciences
  17. National Institute of Standards & Technology
  18. National Labor Relations Board
  19. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  20. National Science Foundation
  21. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  22. Office of Personnel Management
  23. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  24. Securities and Exchange Commission
  25. Smithsonian Institution
  26. Social Security Administration
  27. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  28. U.S. Capitol Police
  29. U.S. Coast Guard
  30. U.S. Courts
  31. U.S. Institute of Peace
  32. U.S. Postal Service


ISC subcommittees identify long- and short-term priorities and oversee strategic initiatives. Current subcommittees include the following:

  • Steering Subcommittee: Provides input to the chair and/or the executive director on priorities, project plans, and the operational impact of proposed initiatives to the security of Federal facilities
  • Standards Subcommittee: The focal point for coordination of all ISC standards
  • Technology Best Practices Subcommittee: Evaluates technology solutions, develops guidance on best practices, and maintains a clearinghouse of information for Federal security programs
  • Convergence Subcommittee: Develops mechanisms to support Federal agencies’ integration of information management controls with security programs
  • Training Subcommittee: Oversees and supports the development and delivery of training of the ISC Standards and Security Specialist Competencies.
  • Design-Basis Treat Subcommittee: Provides bi-annual updates to the Design-Basis Threat (DBT) report.
  • Countermeasures Subcommittee: Oversees the development of security criteria, degree of applicability, and associated countermeasures necessary to match the undesirable events as identified in the Design-Basis Threat (DBT) report.
  • Chair Roundtable Subcommittee: Enhance the quality and effectiveness of each ISC subcommittee by enabling the sharing of security related issues and events in a cooperative manner among the Subcommittee Chairs.

Working Groups

Working groups produce the ISC’s standards and best practices. Working groups are task-based and address a wide range of current and potential risks.


Executive Orders:

  • Executive Order 12977, Interagency Security Committee, October 19, 1995
  • Executive Order 13286, Amendment of Executive Orders, and Other Actions, in Connection With the Transfer of Certain Functions to the Secretary of Homeland Security, February 28, 2003


Homeland Security Presidential Directives:

Interagency Security Committee
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
Attn: Executive Director

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