DHS Announces New Members of Faith-Based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC)
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the appointment of 25 members to the reinvigorated Faith-Based Security Advisory Council, in advance of the first meeting on October 6, 2022.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a long-standing history of engagement with diverse ethnic and faith-based communities, including Muslim communities. In recognition of Ramadan, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas joined a virtual roundtable discussion with leaders within the Muslim community, including national and local advocacy and social service organizations.
The Faith-Based Security Advisory Council Charter establishes FBSAC under the authority of Title 6 United States Code, Section 451. This discretionary committee is established in accordance with and operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Title 5 United States Code, Appendix.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published in the Federal Register a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on Nondiscrimination in Matters Pertaining to Faith-Based Organizations. Following an initial proposal published in 2008, DHS proposes to issue a rule to ensure that faith-based organizations may compete on an equal footing with other organizations for direct federal financial assistance for which they are otherwise eligible, and to allow those groups to fully participate in federally supported social service programs, while beneficiaries under those programs also receive appropriate protections. The proposed rule would implement policy set forth in Executive Orders issued by President Barack Obama and by President George W. Bush, including Executive Order 13559, Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations (November 17, 2010).
Learn more about the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) outreach and engagement with communities throughout the nation, as well as the training we provide to both Department personnel and our partners.