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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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The FBI’s Investigative Role in Intellectual Property Rights Crimes

Intellectual Property (IP) driven industries significantly contribute to the U.S. economy and drive innovation, growth, and competition. Because of IP’s value, various actors—including individuals, criminal organizations, and nation-state competitors—exploit IP as a direct source of profit, to fund other illegal activity, or as a source of economic advantage. The FBI invests a significant amount of time collaborating with the private sector to address IP crime.

Recent Activity

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.

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.

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