WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013

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The WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013 (H.R. 1542) is a bill that would “amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish weapons of mass destruction intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security.”[1] This intelligence gathering would include not only chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, but also the analysis of potential threats to public health or U.S. agriculture.[2][3] The bill would expand The bill passed the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress and was referred to the United States Senate.

WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013
Long title To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish weapons of mass destruction intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security, and for other purposes.
Announced in the 113th United States Congress
Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R, PA-7)
Number of co-sponsors 4
Codification
Acts affected Homeland Security Act of 2002, National Security Act of 1947
U.S.C. sections affected 6 U.S.C. § 121et seq., 50 U.S.C. § 401a(4), 6 U.S.C. § 121(d)(8),
Agencies affected United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Department of Homeland Security
Legislative history

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This summary is based largely on the summary provided by the Congressional Research Service, a public domain source.[1]

The WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013 would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to: (1) support homeland security-focused intelligence analysis of terrorist actors, their claims, and their plans to conduct attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials against the nation and of global infectious disease, public health, food, agricultural, and veterinary issues; (2) support homeland security-focused risk analysis and risk assessments of such homeland security hazards by providing relevant quantitative and nonquantitative threat information; (3) leverage homeland security intelligence capabilities and structures to enhance prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts with respect to a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack; and (4) share information and provide tailored analytical support on these threats to state, local, and tribal authorities as well as other national biosecurity and biodefense stakeholders.[1]

The bill would also require the Office of Intelligence and Analysis to coordinate with other DHS components, the Intelligence Community, and federal, state, local, and tribal authorities where appropriate and enable such entities to provide recommendations on optimal information sharing mechanisms and on how they can provide information to DHS.[1] It also would direct the Secretary of DHS to report annually on: (1) intelligence and information sharing activities to counter the threat from weapons of mass destruction, and (2) DHS’s activities in accordance with relevant intelligence strategies.[1] Finally, it would require the Secretary to ensure that homeland security information analyzed by DHS concerning terrorist threats is provided to state, local, and private entities and the public.[1]

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