S.3456 - Empowering Partners to Counter Violent Extremism Act of 2016. 114th Congress (2015-2016)

·       Introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

·       Referred to committee on 9/28/16 – no further action

·       Bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the Office for Partnerships Against Violent Extremism (OPAVE), to be headed by an Assistant Secretary.

·       The Assistant Secretary shall be responsible for:

o   leading DHS efforts to counter violent extremism;

o   developing a digital engagement strategy that expands DHS outreach efforts to counter violent extremist messaging;

o   serving as DHS's primary representative in coordinating countering violent extremism efforts with the CVE Task Force and with other federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations;

o   serving as the primary DHS-level representative in coordinating with the Department of State on international countering violent extremism issues;

o   providing guidance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding the use of grants made under the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Grant Program to state, local, and tribal governments under the allowable uses guidelines related to countering violent extremism;

o   developing a plan to expand philanthropic support for domestic efforts related to countering violent extremism; and

o   awarding grants to, or entering into cooperative agreements with, state, local, and tribal governments and institutions of higher education to support the efforts of local communities in the United States to counter violent extremism.

·       DHS's Under Secretary for Science and Technology, in coordination with the OPAVE, may: (1) establish one or more countering violent extremism labs, and (2) reprioritize grants to centers for homeland security to fund each lab.

·       The OPAVE may implement a program that facilitates groups of students at institutions of higher education throughout the world in designing, piloting, implementing, and measuring the success of a social or digital initiative, product, or tool that counters the messaging of terrorist organizations communications and narratives.

Mina Chang