6 U.S. Code § 482 - Facilitating homeland security information sharing procedures
(a) Procedures for determining extent of sharing of homeland security information
(1) The President shall prescribe and implement procedures under which relevant Federal agencies—
(A) share relevant and appropriate homeland security information with other Federal agencies, including the Department, and appropriate State and local personnel;
(2) The President shall ensure that such procedures apply to all agencies of the Federal Government.
(3) Such procedures shall not change the substantive requirements for the classification and safeguarding of classified information.
(b) Procedures for sharing of homeland security information
(1) Under procedures prescribed by the President, all appropriate agencies, including the intelligence community, shall, through information sharing systems, share homeland security information with Federal agencies and appropriate State and local personnel to the extent such information may be shared, as determined in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, together with assessments of the credibility of such information.
(2) Each information sharing system through which information is shared under paragraph (1) shall—
(A) have the capability to transmit unclassified or classified information, though the procedures and recipients for each capability may differ;
(B) have the capability to restrict delivery of information to specified subgroups by geographic location, type of organization, position of a recipient within an organization, or a recipient’s need to know such information;
(3) The procedures prescribed under paragraph (1) shall establish conditions on the use of information shared under paragraph (1)—
(A) to limit the redissemination of such information to ensure that such information is not used for an unauthorized purpose;
(C) to protect the constitutional and statutory rights of any individuals who are subjects of such information; and
(4) The procedures prescribed under paragraph (1) shall ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that the information sharing system through which information is shared under such paragraph include existing information sharing systems, including, but not limited to, the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, the Regional Information Sharing System, and the Terrorist Threat Warning System of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(5) Each appropriate Federal agency, as determined by the President, shall have access to each information sharing system through which information is shared under paragraph (1), and shall therefore have access to all information, as appropriate, shared under such paragraph.
(6) The procedures prescribed under paragraph (1) shall ensure that appropriate State and local personnel are authorized to use such information sharing systems—
(c) Sharing of classified information and sensitive but unclassified information with State and local personnel
(1) The President shall prescribe procedures under which Federal agencies may, to the extent the President considers necessary, share with appropriate State and local personnel homeland security information that remains classified or otherwise protected after the determinations prescribed under the procedures set forth in subsection (a) of this section.
(2) It is the sense of Congress that such procedures may include 1 or more of the following means:
(A) Carrying out security clearance investigations with respect to appropriate State and local personnel.
(B) With respect to information that is sensitive but unclassified, entering into nondisclosure agreements with appropriate State and local personnel.
(A) The Secretary shall establish a program to provide appropriate training to officials described in subparagraph (B) in order to assist such officials in—
(i) identifying sources of potential terrorist threats through such methods as the Secretary determines appropriate;
(ii) reporting information relating to such potential terrorist threats to the appropriate Federal agencies in the appropriate form and manner;
(iii) assuring that all reported information is systematically submitted to and passed on by the Department for use by appropriate Federal agencies; and
(B) The officials referred to in subparagraph (A) are officials of State and local government agencies and representatives of private sector entities with responsibilities relating to the oversight and management of first responders, counterterrorism activities, or critical infrastructure.
(C) The Secretary shall consult with the Attorney General to ensure that the training program established in subparagraph (A) does not duplicate the training program established in section 908 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107–56; 28 U.S.C. 509 note).
(d) Responsible officials
For each affected Federal agency, the head of such agency shall designate an official to administer this chapter with respect to such agency.
(e) Federal control of information
Under procedures prescribed under this section, information obtained by a State or local government from a Federal agency under this section shall remain under the control of the Federal agency, and a State or local law authorizing or requiring such a government to disclose information shall not apply to such information.
As used in this section:
(1) The term “homeland security information” means any information possessed by a Federal, State, or local agency that—
(C) would improve the identification or investigation of a suspected terrorist or terrorist organization; or
(2) The term “intelligence community” has the meaning given such term in section 3003(4) of title 50.
(3) The term “State and local personnel” means any of the following persons involved in prevention, preparation, or response for terrorist attack:
(D) Regional, State, and local emergency management agency personnel, including State adjutant generals.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as authorizing any department, bureau, agency, officer, or employee of the Federal Government to request, receive, or transmit to any other Government entity or personnel, or transmit to any State or local entity or personnel otherwise authorized by this chapter to receive homeland security information, any information collected by the Federal Government solely for statistical purposes in violation of any other provision of law relating to the confidentiality of such information.
Source(Pub. L. 107–296, title VIII, § 892,Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2253; Pub. L. 108–177, title III, § 316(a),Dec. 13, 2003, 117 Stat. 2610.)
References in Text
This chapter, referred to in subsecs. (d) and (g), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 107–296, Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2135, known as the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 101 of this title and Tables.
2003—Subsec. (c)(3). Pub. L. 108–177added par. (3).
Change of Name
Reference to the Director of Central Intelligence or the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Director’s capacity as the head of the intelligence community deemed to be a reference to the Director of National Intelligence. Reference to the Director of Central Intelligence or the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Director’s capacity as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency deemed to be a reference to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. See section 1081(a), (b) ofPub. L. 108–458, set out as a note under section 3001 of Title 50, War and National Defense.
Ex. Ord. No. 13311. Homeland Security Information Sharing
Ex. Ord. No. 13311, July 29, 2003, 68 F.R. 45149, as amended by Ex. Ord. No. 13388, § 8(a), Oct. 25, 2005, 70 F.R. 62025, provided:
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including sections 892 and 893 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (the “Act”) (6 U.S.C. 482 and 483) and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Assignment of Functions. (a) The functions of the President under section 892 of the Act are assigned to the Secretary of Homeland Security (the “Secretary”), except the functions of the President under subsections 892(a)(2) and 892(b)(7).
(b) Subject to section 2(b) of this order, the function of the President under section 893 of the Act is assigned to the Secretary.
(c) Procedures issued by the Secretary in the performance of the function of the President under section 892(a)(1) of the Act shall apply to all agencies of the Federal Government. Such procedures shall specify that the President may make, or may authorize another officer of the United States to make, exceptions to the procedures.
(d) The function of the President under section 892(b)(7) of the Act is delegated to the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence, to be exercised jointly.
(e) In performing the functions assigned to the Secretary by subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary shall coordinate with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Energy, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of National Intelligence, the Archivist of the United States, and as the Secretary deems appropriate, other officers of the United States.
(f) A determination, under the procedures issued by the Secretary in the performance of the function of the President under section 892(a)(1) of the Act, as to whether, or to what extent, an individual who falls within the category of “State and local personnel” as defined in sections 892(f)(3) and (f)(4) of the Act shall have access to information classified pursuant to [former] Executive Order 12958 of April 17, 1995, as amended, is a discretionary determination and shall be conclusive and not subject to review or appeal.
Sec. 2. Rules of Construction. Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(a) the authority of the Director of National Intelligence under section 102A(i)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 403–3 (c)(7) [sic]) [50 U.S.C. 3024(i)(1)], to protect intelligence sources and methods from unauthorized disclosure;
(b) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budget, administrative, or legislative proposals; or
(c) the provisions of Executive Orders 12958 of April 17, 1995 [former 50 U.S.C. 435 note], as amended, and 12968 of August 2, 1995 [50 U.S.C. 3161 note], as amended.
Sec. 3. General Provision. This order is intended only to improve the internal management of the Federal Government and is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the United States, its departments, agencies, or other entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.George W. Bush.