Donovan, Congress Bolster National Security
Washington, DC—May 22, 2017….Continuing his work to bolster national security, Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) helped pass legislation to provide law enforcement officials with the resources they need to prepare for and respond to terror threats. The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 (H.R. 1616) and Improving Fusion Centers’ Access to Information Act (H.R. 2169) enhance the country’s ability to defend itself by improving law enforcement training and information sharing.
Congressman Donovan said, “It’s critical that that our law enforcement agencies have the information and training they need to prevent and respond to threats. This legislation will help increase coordination between the brave men and women who defend us on the local, state, and federal level to ensure that they have the tools needed to protect our homeland. Recent attacks across the globe highlight the need for increased vigilance, and I will continue to support legislation that helps shield our nation from those who wish us harm.”
The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 provides state and local law enforcement with the tools and training they need to combat cyber threats and protect our communities. Specifically, the bill authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI), a cybercrime fighting training center that provides law enforcement agents with comprehensive training on current cybercrime trends, investigative methods, and prosecutorial and judicial challenges.
The Improving Fusion Centers’ Access to Information Act streamlines the country’s information sharing and coordination between federal, state, and local authorities. This legislation requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify and analyze gaps in information sharing among fusion centers – physical workplaces that bring together federal, state, and local agencies to share counterterrorism intelligence – and address these challenges.
Supporting this legislation is part of Donovan’s continued focus on bolstering national security defenses. Earlier this year, the House passed three homeland security bills sponsored by Donovan. The Securing Cities Act of 2017, Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act and the Cyber Preparedness Act, which all passed with broad bipartisan support, bulk up the country’s defenses against nuclear, transit, and cybersecurity threats.