HSAC Meeting Minutes
Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)
On January 11, the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans released a first-of-its-kind 2020 Economic Security Assessment. This innovative annual product identifies five key trends that shaped the global economic landscape in 2020, and identifies nine “critical domains” as essential to the ongoing operation and growth of the U.S. economy.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced two new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): Tom Jenkins and Catherine Lotrionte.
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.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced three new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): John Clark, Dr. Sharon Cooper, and Daniel Kaniewski.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.