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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.

News from ASIS Government Relations

Featured Content

Could This Be The Year For a Federal Data Protection and Breach Notification Bill?

Once again, the key Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate are working on legislation that would set national standards on personal data protection and responses to breaches. While for over a decade Congress has considered such legislation, the odds for success seem greater this year.

Data breaches at various companies and institutions around the United States are increasing and getting more severe, and last summer’s massive breach of the personal data of 145 million customers at Equifax, and the Equifax’s handling of the notification of the breach, was seen as a clarion call by many. In addition, the lack of uniform standards among the states is increasingly confusing to both companies and consumers, and a compliance nightmare for companies.

Recent Activity

ASIS International Commends STOP School Violence Legislation
ASIS International hailed passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will help increase school security by providing grant money for a variety of school safety measures. 

2018 Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program (AEP) Underway
The AEP facilitates collaborative partnerships between members of the private sector and teams of experienced U.S government analysts to form subcommittees that work to create joint analytic products of interest to both the private sector and the U.S. government.

ASIS International Joins the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC)
ASIS has accepted an invitation from Sheriff Paul H. Fitzgerald, Chair of the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC), to join the growing list of organizations that belong to the ESSCC.

ASIS and ATF Sign Memorandum of Understanding
On 19 January 2018, ASIS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) confirming their mutual intent to promote cooperation for public safety and security, and to develop education and information sharing programs.

New Tax Incentives for Security and Fire Protection Systems Fact Sheet
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law on 22 December, 2017, provides tax benefits on the implementation of certain commercial-use security systems. The fact sheet below was provided by our friends at the Security Industry Association (SIA) and explains the relevance of these new tax expensing provisions and opportunities for integrators and those with purchasing power within enterprises.