Sector-Specific Partners (Fire, Public Health, Private, Etc.)
in Building a P/CRCL Network
All Hazards Consortium (AHC) — The AHC’s “mission is to help create new resources and funding opportunities for the states to support regional multi-state collaboration efforts among our stakeholders from government, private sector, higher education and non-profit/volunteer organizations…” The Consortium offers regional advisory committees, working groups, and ad hoc committees. One working group deals with information sharing and intelligence and focuses on Fusion Centers.
Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) — "The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), a strategic partnership between the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector, enhances communications and promotes the timely and bidirectional effective exchange of information keeping the nation's critical infrastructure safe, secure and resilient. DSAC advances elements of the FBI and DHS missions' in preventing, deterring, and investigating criminal and terrorism acts, particularly those effecting interstate commerce, while advancing the ability of the U.S. private sector to protect its employees, assets and proprietary information."
International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) — The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders.” Members work in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. The website discusses the formation of the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center.
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) — "The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect their data. More than just a professional association, the IAPP provides a home for privacy professionals around the world to gather, share experiences and enrich their knowledge. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association with more than 10,000 members in 70 countries. The IAPP helps define, support and improve the privacy profession through networking, education and certification."
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) — NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments. It “provides resources, tools, and assistance” to local health departments in the areas of health and disease prevention, people and their environment, infrastructures and systems, and readiness to respond to emergencies. NACCHO sponsors conferences each year, including one in September of 2008 that featured a discussion of Fusion Centers and their technology.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) — "OSAC is a Federal Advisory Committee with a U.S. Government Charter to promote security cooperation between American business and private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.."
DISCLAIMER: The above links cover a range of topics from a variety of perspectives that may be of interest to personnel at State and major urban area fusion centers and related Federal partners. The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) does not necessarily endorse any of the viewpoints expressed nor can CRCL attest to the accuracy of any of the linked information or materials. The links are offered as situational awareness and in support of the DHS training on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties issues in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).