The HSAC has been tasked with creating a subcommittee called the Disinformation Best Practices and Safeguards Subcommittee. They will create a written report for the Secretary's review upon their completion of studying the topic.
Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)
On Monday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas swore in 33 new members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (“the Council”) at its first meeting since its reconstitution. During the meeting, Secretary Mayorkas and Council members discussed innovative solutions to address some of the most complex homeland security-related challenges facing our country.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the appointment of 33 new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (the “Council”), in advance of the Council’s first meeting on March 21, 2022.
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.
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.
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.