In July 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with its interagency partners, launched the 2011 Fusion Center Assessment (2011 Assessment). The annual assessment process is a critical element of a broader Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP), which will provide an objective basis to demonstrate the value of fusion centers in supporting national information sharing and homeland security outcomes. Both the 2011 Assessment and the broader Fusion Center Performance Program represent the Department's on-going commitment to design and implement performance management processes that demonstrate measurable progress in enhancing domestic counterterrorism and information sharing capabilities.
- All 72 fusion centers that constituted the National Network of Fusion Centers (National Network) as of August 2011 completed the Online Self Assessment component of the 2011 Assessment.
- The 2011 Assessment process allowed DHS to collect data to measure how each of these 72 fusion centers individually - and collectively as a National Network -have progressed in achieving key capabilities.
- Capability data collected through the 2011 Assessment provided a basis to inform state and local leaders on ways to strengthen fusion center capabilities, mitigate capability gaps, and justify investment requests, including Investment Justifications associated with the FY 2012 Homeland Security Grant Program.
- The 2011 Assessment also provided data that allows the Federal Government to better target support to help fusion centers mitigate capability gaps and maintain those capabilities already in place. Ultimately, the 2011 Assessment allows federal, state, and local fusion center stakeholders to demonstrate the capabilities of the National Network and encourage continued coordination among interagency partners to enhance fusion center capabilities.
In coordination with its interagency partners, DHS used 2011 Assessment data to develop the 2011 National Network of Fusion Centers Final Report.
The 2011 Final Report describes the overall capabilities of the National Network and includes:
- A detailed analysis of the collective capability of fusion centers
- An analysis of the effectiveness of federal support to fusion centers
- Recommendations for Federal Government action to support the National Network in further building its capabilities.
DHS will continue to refine and enhance the annual fusion center assessment process to reflect the evolving needs of DHS, its federal, state, and local partners, and the National Network. DHS will continue to refine and enhance the annual fusion center assessment process to reflect the evolving needs of DHS, its federal, state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners.