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Fusion Centers

Fusion Centers are state-owned and operated centers that serve as focal points in states and major urban areas for the receipt, analysis, gathering and sharing of threat-related information between State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT), federal and private sector partners.

2018 Fusion Center Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts the annual Fusion Center Assessment to provide a comprehensive picture of the performance of the National Network of Fusion Centers (National Network), measure the effectiveness of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding, and guide partners to invest in mission areas with the greatest potential benefit to the entire homeland. The Assessment primarily evaluates fusion centers' adherence to selected performance measures.

2017 Fusion Center Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts the annual Fusion Center Assessment to provide a comprehensive picture of the performance of the National Network of Fusion Centers (National Network), measure the effectiveness of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding, and guide partners to invest in mission areas with the greatest potential benefit to the entire homeland.

Written testimony of I&A for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications hearing titled “Securing Our Communities: Federal Support to High-Risk Urban Areas”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS ) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary Brian Murphy addresses the current threat environment and how I&A shares intelligence with state and local partners to support their important work of keeping local communities safe.

2016 Fusion Center Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts the annual fusion center assessment to provide a comprehensive picture of the performance of the National Network of Fusion Centers (National Network), help measure the effectiveness of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding, and guide partners to invest in mission areas with the greatest potential benefit to the entire homeland.

2015 Fusion Center Assessment

The Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP) evaluates fusion centers' capabilities, including information sharing and supporting the Homeland Security Enterprise. It also strives to ensure functional consistency across the National Network of Fusion Centers, regardless of fusion center size, scope, geography or mission. Since its inception in 2011, the FCPP has helped fusion centers develop foundational capabilities, such as having key plans, policies, and SOPs. As a result of the steady success since 2011, the 2015 Fusion Center Assessment serves as a closeout of the capabilities-based measures.

P/CRCL for Fusion Centers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, is committed to helping fusion centers uphold rigorous Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (P/CRCL) standards through:

Fusion Center Annual Assessment Final Reports

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).

Fusion Center Foundational Guidance

In 2004 and 2005, when many states began creating fusion centers, there were no standards or guidelines in place to help fusion centers develop common capabilities and processes for information sharing with federal, local, and private sector partners.

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