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DHS - 84593 - Faith Based Security Advisory Council - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameFaith Based Security Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number84593
Original Establishment Date7/28/2020Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.dhs.gov/faith-based-security-adviso...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FY Max Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date7/26/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/26/2024Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mike
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Miron
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*6 USC 451 Homeland Security ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 447-3151
Effective Date Of Authority*6/25/2020Designated Federal Officer Fax*2026121602
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*fbsac@hq.dhs.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*FBSAC shall provide organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice to the Secretary through the Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement, who serves as the DHS Faith Based Organization Security Coordinator on matters related to houses of worship and faith-based organization security, and the Executive Director. FBSAC serves strictly as an advisory body with the purpose of providing advice upon the request of the Secretary. FBSAC advice may include:
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. Information-sharing and Coordination: Recommendations for improving coordination and sharing of threat and security-related information, 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 for the development and implementation of specific programs or initiatives to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and targeted violence.
The FBSAC shall provide organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific, and actionable advice to the Secretary through the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE), who serves as the DHS Faith-Based Organizations Security Coordinator on security and preparedness matters related to places of worship, faith communities, and faith-based organizations. The FBSAC serves strictly as an advisory body with the purpose of providing advice upon the request of the Secretary. FBSAC advice may include:
a. Strategy and Policy: Recommendations for the development and implementation of strategies and policies that will further the Department’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of targeted violence or terrorism, major disasters, cyberattacks, or other threats or emergencies against places of worship, faith communities, and faith-based organizations.
b. Information-sharing and Coordination: Recommendations for improving coordination and sharing of threat and security-related information and resources with and between places of worship, faith-based organizations non-profit entities, and the federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners. This includes, but is not limited to, recommendations on proposed technical assistance and other resources that include the perspectives of a wide range of faith communities represented in a culturally competent manner, and address potential barriers, such as language access, and ways to build and rebuild relationships of trust between federal government and faith communities.
c. Programs and Initiatives: Recommendations for the development and implementation of specific programs or initiatives to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of targeted violence or terrorism, major disasters,
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cyberattacks, or other threats or emergencies while preserving individual privacy and civil rights and civil liberties.
d. Evaluation and Feedback: Recommendations for the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department’s policies, strategies, and programs (including grant programs) intended to support the security and preparedness of places of worship, faith communities, and faith-based organizations. This includes, but is not limited to, providing feedback on how DHS can address the needs of faith communities against evolving and future threats.
How is membership balanced?*It is anticipated that the FBSAC will consist of no more than 30 members. In order for the Secretary to fully leverage broad-ranging experience and education, the FBSAC must be professionally, technically, and culturally diverse. These members shall all be leaders found within diverse and appropriate professions and communities nationwide. The non-federal membership shall be drawn from the following fields:
• Faith-based organization security officials;
• Faith-based organization leaders;
• Faith leaders; and
• State and local public safety, law enforcement, and emergency management leaders.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings of the FBSAC are held at the approval of the Secretary or DHS Faith-Based Organizations Security Coordinator, but typically take place quarterly.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*o DHS attempted to tackle faith-based security internally and found the level of expertise was insufficient. The public participation and robust representation was not present in prior attempts to provide security-related information, training and engagements for faith based organizations. No other group exists focusing on faith based security on a national scale. This council’s scope and objectives are not covered by any other existing agency or committee. To note, faith based security was a prior subcommittee of one of the DHS FACs, but terminated in a prior administration. The Acting Secretary elevated the importance of faith based security and requires a group of C-suite national leaders focus on the security of our homeland. That is the intention of this council.
Why close or partially close meetings?Council meetings are open to the public unless a determination that the meeting should be closed is made by the appropriate DHS officials in accordance with DHS policy and directives, and with Title 5, United States Code, subsection (c) of Section 552b, The Sunshine Act.
Recommendation RemarksThe Faith-Based Security Advisory Council is essential to show DHS’ commitment to bolstering the safety and security of faith based organizations across the country. There is a large public interest in securing houses of worship and protecting our country from terrorist attacks on religious institutions. The Acting Secretary issued a memo requiring the creation of the interfaith council and created the new Office of Faith Based Security Coordination to provide federal support to the council. Every other option was explored by DHS and none sufficiently involved the level of expertise needed to advise on interfaith matters. The Acting Secretary decided DHS needed more public participation and the council is the only method to achieve it.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee was awaiting appointment of members, therefore the committee did not meet or implement any recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe committee was awaiting appointment of members, therefore the committee did not meet or implement any recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe committee was awaiting appointment of members, therefore the committee did not meet or implement any recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*The committee was awaiting appointment of members, therefore the committee did not meet or implement any recommendations. As for the terminated members listed, all information is accurate regarding termination date and reappointment date for some.Narrative Description*The committee was awaiting appointment of members, therefore the committee did not meet or implement any recommendations.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$126,864.56Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$500,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$5,000.00
Total Costs$126,864.56Est. Total Next FY*$515,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/5/2022 1:47 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est Cost RemarksThis funding is to account for in-person meetings and travel costs associated with them for FY23.
Cost RemarksThe Faith Based Security Advisory Council did not appoint members until later in FY22. They hosted their first meeting at the very beginning of FY23. These costs represent Federal Staff Payment for those working with the committee.  
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Civil Rights
Civil Rights
Equal Opportunity
Legislation
Legislation
Regulations
Regulatory Negotiation
Rulemaking
National Defense
National Security and Defense
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039363Faith Based Security Advisory Council2021
 COM-037739Faith Based Security Advisory Council2020