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10-3-2012 Psi Staff Report Re Fusion Centers

10-3-2012 Psi Staff Report Re Fusion Centers

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United States Senate
 PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS 
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Carl Levin, ChairmanTom Coburn, Ranking Minority Member 
FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR ANDINVOLVEMENT IN STATE AND LOCALFUSION CENTERS
MAJORITY AND MINORITYSTAFF REPORT
PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEEON INVESTIGATIONSUNITED STATES SENATE
October 3, 2012
 
SENATOR CARL LEVINChairmanSENATOR TOM COBURN, M.D.Ranking Minority MemberPERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS
ELISE J. BEAN
Staff Director and Chief Counsel
ZACHARY I. SCHRAM
Senior Counsel
CHRISTOPHER J. BARKLEY
Staff Director to the Minority
JUSTIN J. ROOD
Senior Investigator to the Minority
KEITH B. ASHDOWN
Chief Investigator to the Minority
ANDREW C. DOCKHAM
Counsel to the Minority
DANIEL P. LIPS
Policy Advisor & Investigator to the Minority
KATHRYN M. EDELMAN
Detailee
BRENNEN BRITTON
Law Clerk 
JACQUELINE JONES
Law Clerk 
MARY D. ROBERTSON
Chief Clerk 
10/3/12-2
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
199 Russell Senate Office Building – Washington, D.C. 20510Majority: 202/224-9505 – Minority: 202/224-3721Web Address:http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations
 
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FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR AND INVOLVEMENTIN STATE AND LOCAL FUSION CENTERSTABLE OF CONTENTS
I.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
................................................ 1
II.SUBCOMMITTEE INVESTIGATION
..................................... 5
III. BACKGROUND
........................................................ 10
A.History
. . . ........................................................... 10
B.DHS Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
.................................... 17(1)Homeland Intelligence Reports (HIRs)................................. 18(2)I&A Personnel.................................................... 20(3)Drafting Fusion Center HIRs........................................ 22(4)DHS Enhanced Review of HIRs...................................... 23
C.Funding State and Local Fusion Centers
.................................. 24
IV.DHS SUPPORT FOR AND INVOLVEMENT IN STATE AND LOCAL FUSIONCENTERS DOES NOT GENERATE TIMELY, USEFUL INTELLIGENCE FOR FEDERAL COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS
............................. 26
A.Overview
........................................................... 26
B.Reporting from Fusion Centers was Often Flawed, Unrelated to Terrorism
.... 31(1)Some Reports Had Nothing of Value................................ 32(2)If Published, Some Draft Reporting Could Have Violated the Privacy Act..... 35(3)Most Fusion Center Reporting Related to Drug Smuggling, Alien Smuggling,or Other Criminal Activity.......................................... 39
C.Terrorism-Related Reporting was Often Outdated, Duplicative, andUninformative
....................................................... 40(1)Some Terrorism-Related Reports Were Based on Older Published Accounts... 40(2)Many Terrorism-Related HIRs from Fusion Centers Appeared to Duplicate aFaster, More Efficient Information-Sharing Process...................... 42
D.DHS Intelligence Reporting Officials Who Repeatedly Violated GuidelinesFaced No Sanction
.................................................... 45
E.DHS Did Not Sufficiently Train Its Fusion Center Detailees to Legally andEffectively Collect and Report Intelligence
................................ 47
F.“Two Different Chains of Command”
.................................... 51
G.Short-Staffing and Reliance on Underqualified, Underperforming ContractEmployees Hampered Reporting Efforts
.................................. 52
H.Reporting Officials Aren’t Evaluated on the Quality of Their Reporting
....... 54
I.A Hastily-Implemented and Poorly Coordinated Review Process DelayedReporting by Months
.................................................. 55

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