The Civil Liberties Impact Assessment (CLIA) program is designed to ensure that U.S. Department of Homeland Security programs, policies, regulations, and guidelines comply with provisions regarding civil rights and civil liberties while supporting the needs of customers and the mission of DHS.
The objective of the CLIA program is to identify potential civil liberties concerns early in the program life cycle, and assist the program office in developing strategies and measures to address these concerns. Department officials and employees assist the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in implementing these goals.
A CLIA is a review of the potential civil liberties impact of programs, policies, regulations, or guidelines based on a series of questions in the following areas: impact on particular groups or individuals, influence on government, notice and redress, alternatives, safeguards, and other rights or concerns. At the conclusion of a CLIA, the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties prepares a report identifying what civil liberties issues were addressed in the CLIA, what issues were satisfactorily resolved or mitigated, and what if any outstanding civil rights and civil liberties issues remain.
The final CLIA report is a public document.