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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

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.

Recent Activity

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.

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.

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.

Key Partnerships

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