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Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)

Academic Institutions Subcommittee

The Academic Institutions Subcommittee will provide advice and recommendations on matters related to homeland security and the academic community, including: student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research and faculty exchanges; campus resilience; and homeland security academic programs.

Homeland Security Advisory Council, May 7, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The open session of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) meeting was convened on May 7, 2020 from 11:40 am to 12:45 pm. The meeting was open to members of the public under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), P.L. 92-463 and 5 U.S.C. § 552b.

DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf today announced final allocations of $385 million for seven Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs.

Biometrics Subcommittee

The Biometrics Subcommittee will provide findings and recommendations on how the Department can implement a single and reliable approach to biometric identity management, both internally and with external partners. The subcommittee should examine the authorities, governance structures, and programmatic activities of the Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, and the Office of Biometric Identity Management, with respect to developing and coordinating Department and government-wide policies, processes, and technical functions in support of DHS, Component, and the interagency.

Information and Communications Technology Risk Reduction Subcommittee

The Information and Communications Technology Risk Reduction Subcommittee will explore the evolving risk of Information and Communications Technology (JCT) hardware and service threats against the United States and identify additional opportunities to counter them with DHS resources and authorities. The subcommittee should review the reports of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Federal Acquisition Security Council prior to its final report and recommendations.

Economic Security Subcommittee

Given the pace of rapidly emerging technologies, the multifaceted threat presented by nation state competitors and non-state actors, as well as the multiple lines of effort underway to combat those threats, economic security has become a high-risk concern to a number of government stakeholders. The Department may be missing important opportunities and authorities implied by its mandate (e.g., to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values with honor and integrity) or may not be optimally aligning and synchronizing our interagency efforts as they relate to economic security and emerging technology. The Economic Security Subcommittee will examine the Department's authorities to ensure it has effectively aligned its efforts to support its mission; and to provide recommendations regarding how we can better protect our nation' s economic security.

Youth Engagement Subcommittee

The Youth Engagement Subcommittee will provide findings and recommendations on best practices to build youth-focused programming that can be implemented nationwide to prevent radicalization to violence. An aware society is the best foundation for preventing terrorism and targeted violence.

Homeland Security Advisory Council, February 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The open session of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) meeting was convened on February 24, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The meeting was open to members of the public under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), P.L. 92-463 and 5 U.S.C. § 552b.

Emerging Technologies Subcommittee

New technologies- from artificial intelligence to unmanned aerial systems- have the potential to disrupt the status quo and fundamentally alter the security landscape. DHS and its partners have a responsibility to look to the future in order to foresee technological advancements that might result in new threats and vulnerabilities.

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