Senate passes DHS tech bill

Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs

The Senate unanimously approved legislation last night that would create a program within the Homeland Security Department to transfer counterterrorism technology to state and local law enforcement agencies.

The Homeland Security Technology Improvement Act would allow for DHS to provide equipment and technologies to state and local levels for the improvement of investigations and the prevention of future terrorist attacks. DHS may also expand the program to include additional first responder groups.

To fund the intended program, the act would authorize $50 million each year for the DHS Office of Domestic Preparedness to establish and operate the program.

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ranking Member Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) sponsored the legislation.

"We need to focus our efforts on preventing terrorist attacks before they occur. By providing counterterrorism technology to law enforcement agencies, we can help our first responders to become first preventers," Collins said.

The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives, to be referred to committee.

Featured

  • Comment
    customer experience (garagestock/Shutterstock.com)

    Leveraging the TMF to improve customer experience

    Focusing on customer experience as part of the Technology Modernization Fund investment strategy will enable agencies to improve service and build trust in government.

  • FCW Perspectives
    zero trust network

    Why zero trust is having a moment

    Improved technologies and growing threats have agencies actively pursuing dynamic and context-driven security.

Stay Connected