November 9, 2012
President Barack Obama has announced a federal partnership among government agencies, law enforcement and the private sector to improve coordination of homeland security challenges.
The president’s order sets forth a framework for a homeland security partnership to “enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.”
“We must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations,” the president said. The order establishes the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council and Steering Committee with representatives from federal, state, and local agencies.