Hurd Homeland Security Bill Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, U.S. Representative Will Hurd’s bill, the DHS Data Framework Act, was passed unanimously by the Senate. After the House concurs with the Senate version’s language, it will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. After hearing this tremendous news, Hurd gave the following statement:
“We live in an increasingly connected world and must be able to get the right information to the right people at the right time in order to keep terrorists on the run and off our shores,” said Hurd, a former CIA undercover officer who serves on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees in Congress. “The DHS Data Framework Act does just that by allowing DHS to quickly and safely share sensitive information among law enforcement agencies without compromising our nation’s secrets. I applaud Senator Maggie Hassan for introducing this bipartisan bill in the Senate and her colleagues for supporting this initiative to keep Americans safe.”
The DHS Data Framework Act codifies an effort at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a data framework to incorporate all DHS component agency data related to homeland security, terrorist information, weapons of mass destruction and national intelligence into one system, thereby alleviating the current costly, cumbersome process of searching and vetting information against multiple databases with different log-ins, passwords, and legal restrictions.
The data framework codified by the bill also will be replicated on a classified network to allow for more efficient classified analysis and vetting of law enforcement data against intelligence information. Smooth passage is expected in the House.