The Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, established the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group (ITACG) to improve the way in which Federal intelligence agencies produce and disseminate intelligence information to State, local, tribal, and private sector (SLTP) partners.
The Group consists of state, local, tribal, and federal homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence officers at the National Counterterrorism Center that review federal reports and provide counsel and subject matter expertise in order to better meet the information needs of state, local, tribal, and private entities.
It engages in collaborative decision-making to ensure timely and effective production, integration, vetting, sanitization, and communication of terrorism information that cuts across multiple agencies to inform and empower State, local, and tribal partners. This information is integrated from the maximum available sources.
DHS assigns a senior official to manage and direct the day-to-day activities of the ITACG. Decision-making authority regarding how various types of information will be disseminated to SLT officials and the private sector is primarily shared between DHS and DOJ and includes other agencies as appropriate.
DOJ and DHS lead the effort to develop standard operating procedures to govern how best to integrate the activities of the ITACG with existing Intelligence Community (IC) production protocols. The ITACG includes representatives from DHS, FBI, DoD, and other relevant federal organizations.
A primary purpose of the ITACG is to ensure that classified and unclassified intelligence produced by federal organizations within the intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security communities is fused, validated, deconflicted, and approved for dissemination in a concise and, where possible, unclassified format. When appropriate and practicable, reports disseminated to SLT governments will contain suggested action items. Although collocated with the NCTC, ITACG is not part of NCTC and dies not replicate or supplant the analytic and/or production efforts of the NCTC; nor is it intended to duplicate, impede, or otherwise interfere with existing and established counterterrorism roles and responsibilities.