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Government Relations

ASIS Government Relations maintains strong relationships with the U.S. federal government and like-minded organizations to stay on top of the issues that matter the most to our members.

We pursue public-private partnerships with key federal agencies, monitor and intervene on federal legislation that effects the security profession, and deliver relationship-building and federal partnership opportunities to ASIS members.

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FAA Proposes Less Restrictive Rules for the Commercial Use of Drones

To be able to use drones in the United States for any commercial use, a company must follow Federal Aviation Administration fairly restrictive operational rules that went into effect in 2016. In 2019, the Department of Transportation announced the impending arrival of proposed new rules expected to provide significant relief.

Recent Activity

Implications of Transnational Organized Crime (TOC)
Transnational organized crime (TOC) groups are self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate, wholly or in part, by illegal means and irrespective of geography. Their global reach and extensive networks enable them to control vast sums of money, to the point that they can compromise legitimate economies. Through the corruption of public officials, they can have a direct impact on governments.

New Aviation Law Makes Positive Changes to Current Rules for Commercial Drone Use
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, providing new authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “mitigate” threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drones” using counter-UAS (C-UAS) measures. The new law also makes changes, additions and clarifications to the current rules regulating the private and commercial use of drones.

Latest Version of NIST Cybersecurity Framework Draws Worthy Praise from Business Groups
On 16 April, 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published Version 1.1 of the “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (Framework), which updated the original version published in 2014. As stated in the Executive Summary of the new version, “The Framework enables organizations — regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication — to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improving security and resilience.” And business and industry groups fully agree.

Building a Trusted Relationship with the FBI
The FBI continues to strengthen its relationship with the U.S. business community through its Office of Private Sector. The Office of Private Sector provides a consistent point of contact for private industry to call who will connect them with the right FBI official to engage with – whatever the concern. The office also focuses on meaningful dialogue and engagement with private sector partners, and increases visibility and awareness for both private industry and the FBI on items of mutual interest, among other objectives.

Key Partnerships

By expanding our reach through collaboration, these relationships facilitate ASIS to effectively represent the security profession before a broad and influential audience.