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Committee NameHomeland Security Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number16584
Original Establishment Date3/28/2003Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*40
Current Charter Date3/11/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director
Date Of Renewal Charter3/11/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Matthew
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hayden
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretarial DecisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 447-3135
Effective Date Of Authority*3/28/2003Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) provides organizationally independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to homeland security. The duties of the HSAC are solely advisory, and shall be provided at the request of the Secretary. The HSAC will meet periodically at the Secretary’s request to:A. Strategy and Policy: Recommendations for the development of strategies and policies that will further the Department’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.B. Leadership and Coordination: Recommendations on improving the Department’s leadership and coordination, internally across the Department, externally across the Federal Government, and among state, local, tribal governments, first responders, the private and non-profit sectors, academia, and research communities.C. Management and Implementation: Recommendations on the development and implementation of specific programs or initiatives to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.D. Evaluation and Feedback: Recommendations on the efficiency and effectiveness of Department of Homeland Security programs to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.
How is membership balanced?*The HSAC is composed of not more than 40 members appointed by the Secretary. The appointed members of the HSAC shall be selected from the private sector, academia, professional service associations, federally funded research and development centers, nongovernmental organizations, State and local governments, and other appropriate professions and communities. Additionally, the HSAC utilizes the the advice of subcommittees comprised of experts and representatives from the appropriate fields.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The HSAC expects to meet 2-3 times each fiscal year. HSAC subcommittees meet on average 1-3 times each fiscal year. Current subcommittees include: Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee, and the Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*HSAC brings together state and local officials, individuals from the private sector, academia, professional service associations, research and development centers, non-governmental organizations, and other appropriate professions and communities to provide advice on a comprehensive national strategy to secure the United States from terrorist threats or attacks as well as natural and man made disasters. There is no other existing advisory committee that provides comprehensive advice and recommendations on matters relating to the entire homeland security spectrum. Public hearings may provide useful information, but there is no other existing forum that can provide specific recommendations on the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing specific measures to conduct all DHS missions including: detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from disaters which occur within the U.S.
Why close or partially close meetings?Although the Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that committee meetings be open to the public, there are certain exceptions enumerated in 5 U.S.C. 552b, “Open Meetings,” that allow for closure of committee meetings under certain circumstances. In order to satisfy the Secretary’s requests for consideration of proposed Departmental initiatives, and due to the nature of certain homeland security sensitive information that the HSAC and its subcommittees must consider as part of its responsibility in advising the Secretary, portions of HSAC meetings will necessarily be closed to the public, in accordance with the provision cited above.
Recommendation RemarksThe Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) has helped the Department improve relations with a variety of our partners and helped improve/mature policy decisions. All recommendations are found on the HSAC webpage.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe HSAC Designated Federal Official creates all subcommittees. HSAC responds to taskings by formulating recommendations. The subcommittees are chaired by an HSAC member. Subcommittee membership includes experts in the subject fields. Subcommittees created in FY17 included the following: Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee, and the Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe cost savings is yet to be determined as the department evolves, grows and implements new policies. Recognizing DHS's external partners (private sector, state and local, etc) helps achieve empowering our external partners and there by accomplishing the DHS Mission. The HSAC helps bring the perspective of these external partners into consideration and thus has helped improve policies, processes, and relationships with these key stakeholders.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,089Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince the HSAC's inception in March 2003, the Council has adopted an estimated 1,089 recommendations that were submitted to the DHS Secretary for consideration.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe 1,089 proposed recommendations were accepted by the DHS Secretary for implementation. The implementation plans for the 13 FY 18 recommendations are being reviewed by the new administration.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe 13 FY 18 recommendations are currently being reviewed by the incoming administration. With new policies in place many of the recommendations may not be implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAccess is provided via the GSA FACA website, the website, and via direct DFO contact.
Agency Feedback CommentYes, the agency provides status reports on actions taken to implement recommendations.Narrative Description*The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) leverages the experience, expertise, and national and global connections of the HSAC membership to provide the Secretary real-time, real-world, sensing and independent advice to support decision-making across the spectrum of homeland security operations.•Provides organizationally independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary, including the creation and implementation of critical and actionable policies for the security of the homeland.•Conducts research and provides policy analysis and recommendations on a variety of security issues.•Evaluates the impact of security related public and private policies in an attempt to formulate prospective security policies.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029583Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee2019
 COM-032512HSAC CBP Families and Children Care Panel Subcommittee2019
 COM-032513HSAC Countering Foreign Influence Subcommittee2019
 COM-032514HSAC Emerging Technologies Subcommittee2019
 COM-032515HSAC State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Cybersecurity Subcommittee2019
 COM-032173Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities Subcommittee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001281Homeland Security Advisory Council2017
 COM-003000Homeland Security Advisory Council2016
 COM-003407Homeland Security Advisory Council2015
 COM-005136Homeland Security Advisory Council2014
 COM-005511Homeland Security Advisory Council2013
 COM-007289Homeland Security Advisory Council2012
 COM-007625Homeland Security Advisory Council2011
 COM-009422Homeland Security Advisory Council2010
 COM-009714Homeland Security Advisory Council2009
 COM-011350Homeland Security Advisory Council2008
 COM-011576Homeland Security Advisory Council2007
 COM-013212Homeland Security Advisory Council2006
 COM-013438Homeland Security Advisory Council2005
 COM-015171Homeland Security Advisory Council2004
 COM-015318Homeland Security Advisory Council2003
 COM-032832Homeland Security Advisory Council2018