Hurd’s Homeland Security Bill Heads to Finish Line
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd’s bipartisan bill, the DHS Data Framework Act, is officially on its way to the President’s desk today to be signed into law after the House unanimously concurred with the Senate version of the bill. This is Hurd’s 13th piece of legislation to be signed into law since 2015. Following the House voice vote, Hurd released 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 my House and Senate colleagues for getting this initiative to keep Americans safe across the finish line.”
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 will also be replicated on a classified network to allow for more efficient classified analysis and vetting of law enforcement data against intelligence information.