This bill would authorize the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide training in countering violent extremism to DHS, state, local, tribal, and territorial personnel at DHS’ national network of state and major urban area fusion centers. The training is designed to improve the ability of trainees to counter violent extremism in the following ways:
Identify and report suspicious activities;
Increase awareness and more quickly identify terrorism threats, including the travel or attempted travel from the U.S. to join a foreign terrorist organization.
DHS would be required to notify Congress within 30 days of this bill’s enactment about the number of state, local, tribal, and territorial personnel that have security clearances sponsored by DHS. This notice would include information about the level of clearance held by the employee, the agency employing them, and whether they’re assigned to DHS fusion centers.
Within 150 days of this bill’s enactment, an assessment of DHS’ performance in supporting efforts to counter violent extremism with non-federal partners would be provided to relevant congressional committees. The assessment would include:
A cataloging of departmental efforts to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in countering violent extremism;
A review of cooperative agreements between DHS and such governments related to countering violent extremism;
An evaluation of DHS plans or potential opportunities to better support such governments.
No additional funds are authorized to carry out this legislation, so all activities must be completed using funds that were otherwise made available to DHS.