SIA is committed to promoting safe and secure learning environments for our children. Technology is a vital component to school safety solutions. SIA members seek to:
- Restart federal assistance to schools struggling with the cost of meeting security needs.
- Promote adoption of successful state school security assistance programs and initiatives.
- Encourage nationwide use of best practices and sensible standards for school security.
- Strengthen partnerships with local government, education professionals and law enforcement to promote deployment of effective technologies that enhance school safety and security.
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Security technology plays a key role in protecting our nation against threats to critical infrastructure—the facilities, systems and networks that our society depends on. The Department of Homeland Security provides non-disaster FEMA grants to state and local governments as well as private entities to prevent, mitigate and respond to terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure. SIA supports maintaining separate, adequate levels of funding for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), the Bus Security Grant program that was restored in fiscal 2015, and other FEMA grant programs. SIA opposes proposals to consolidate all non-disaster FEMA grants under a new “National Preparedness Grant Program,” as this would limit the influence of risk information and intelligence analysis by federal agencies and dilute the focus of FEMA grants on specific risk areas.
As existing airport infrastructure ages and the demands on these facilities increase, funding for infrastructure improvements has come increasingly from local airport user fees known as Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). PFC revenue is unique in that it is locally raised and spent but requires federal authorization. There have been no adjustments to the federal cap on PFC fees since 2000, diminishing the real purchasing power of PFCs. The law limits use of PFC revenue to preserving or enhancing safety, security and capacity of the national air transportation system.Safe and secure air travel is the expectation of every passenger traveling through any of the more than 5,000 commercial airports in the United States and it is critical that airports are able to update security strategies in response to evolving threats. SIA supports modernizing the cap on the locally set PFC fee by adjusting it to offset the impacts of inflation.
The alarm sector of the security industry protects the life, safety and property of some 30 million homes and businesses. The ability to respond promptly to a fire or break in can mean the difference between life and death and/or whether a property is destroyed. Congress is actively considering net neutrality legislation with an eye toward a rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. SIA believes that any regulatory regime should ensure that the consumer experience with security services that operate over broadband infrastructureis preserved, and that the transmission of these public safety communications is not subject to any anti-competitive practices.
General Services Administration (GSA) Purchasing
The GSA schedules program establishes long-term government-wide contracts that provide federal, state and local government customers access to millions of quality products at pre-approved discount pricing. Sustainment and growth of the program benefits both the security industry and U.S. taxpayers. SIA led efforts resulting in enactment of the Local Preparedness Acquisition Act, which extended GSA Cooperative Purchasing to Schedule 84, providing state and local governments with greater access to security products. SIA also participates as a member of the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Panel that has produced a series of recommendations for GSA procurement reform.
Federal Procurement Reform
SIA believes procurement reform benefits both the security industry and U.S. taxpayers, and it supports legislation that:
- Streamlines and simplifies federal acquisition processes.
- Provides greater transparency through long-term acquisition planning.
- Maximizes opportunities for small businesses.
- Engages industry as a stakeholder and source of insight and information.
Given the maturity of current biometrics technology, SIA supports legislation or policy implementing a clear schedule for full implementation of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 which, among other provisions, required the Department of Homeland Security to develop and implement a biometric entry and exit system. This provision would implement a key 9/11 Commission recommendation to curtail terrorist travel. To date, the biometric exit requirements of the law have not been fully implemented.
SIA members are committed to protecting privacy when a security solution requires the collection, protection or storage of personally identifiable information. The SIA Privacy Framework outlines 10 best practices for setting policies protecting personally identifiable information and other sensitive data. The Framework provides guidance to manufacturers, integrators and distributors of electronic physical security technologies including but not limited to access control devices, biometrics, CCTV, video analysis, IP-based technology and radio frequency identification.