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Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention Policy

CTTP leads the Department in addressing global transportation security, screening and vetting, watchlisting, information sharing, identity management and credentialing, and biometrics through the development and coordination of department-wide strategy and the administration of programs such as REAL ID, Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS), and Travel WISER.

CTTP is both a producer and a consumer of information used by the national security, intelligence, and military communities, and CTTP ensures proper sharing and coordination of information essential to DHS’s ability to fulfill its mission. Additionally, CTTP’s Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) is the primary entity responsible for building, maturing, and driving the prevention mission in DHS and works to equip and empower local efforts to prevent individuals from mobilizing to violence.

The Screening Coordination Office (SCO) coordinates DHS screening and credentialing policies and programs. SCO works closely with DHS operational components and oversight bodies to: 1) facilitate legitimate travel and the issuance of immigration benefits; 2) deter, detect, and deny access to or withhold benefits from individuals who may pose a threat to the United States; and 3) support individual privacy and redress opportunities to ensure that screening and vetting programs keep pace with evolving threats, technologies and operational realities. SCO manages the Visa Waiver Program and REAL ID program and plays a key role in Departmental and interagency efforts such as terrorist watchlisting; credentialing and access control; biometric and biographic screening; and immigration vetting.

Law Enforcement Policy (LEP) develops strategic, enterprise-wide solutions to improve, coordinate, and deconflict policies throughout DHS—the largest law enforcement (LE) Department in the Federal Government. The LEP team provides policy support to the Department’s leaders and law enforcement officers as they address critical criminal and national security challenges. The portfolio includes DHS’s Use of Force policy, deconfliction systems, officer conduct requirements, training programs, and evolving tools and technologies to combat crime. To advance this mission, LEP coordinates closely with DHS’s LE Components and HQ offices, as well as with key external stakeholders, including Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and international partners. LEP also promotes transparency and oversight of DHS’s LE activities through reporting, accountability, and governance mechanisms.

Information Sharing Policy identifies new information sharing objectives, develops policy guidance for DHS Components and negotiates agreements with domestic and international partners. Collectively this work facilitates DHS’s access to data in support of its statutory missions including screening and vetting activities across the Department. It also collectively improves protection of the homeland by allowing external partners to leverage DHS data resources to detect and prevent risks early, before they can threaten the U.S.

Last Updated: 01/11/2022
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