Beginning in 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with its interagency partners, took over the fusion center Annual Assessment process from the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE).
The Annual Assessment, which is a critical element of a broader Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP), represents the Department's on-going commitment to design and implement performance management processes that demonstrate measurable progress in enhancing domestic counterterrorism and information sharing capabilities.
Data from the Annual Assessment is used to:
- Measure how each individual fusion center and the collective National Network of Fusion Centers (National Network) has progressed in achieving key capabilities;
- Provide a basis to inform state and local leaders on ways to strengthen fusion center capabilities, mitigate capability gaps, and justify investment requests, including targeted Investment Justifications associated with the Homeland Security Grant Program; and,
Allow the federal government to better target support to help fusion centers mitigate capability gaps and maintain those capabilities already in place.