FBI Briefs Roundtable’s HSTF on Commercial Sector Holiday Security; Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center Featured in Homeland Security Today; FINCEN Expands Metro Areas Subject to Real Estate Purchase Review
A day-long briefing this week by senior officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to The Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) and the National Retail Federation focused on maintaining vigilance in the commercial sector during the holiday season; counterterrorism trends; criminal gang trends; organized retail crime; terrorism financing and an analysis of recent active shooter and workplace violence incidents.
This week, the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center ( RE-ISAC ) was featured in an article in Homeland Security Today written by Roundtable SVP Clifton “Chip” Rodgers Jr. and Andy Jabbour of Gate15, which provides support to the RE-ISAC.
- "Terrorism continues to pose a clear and present danger to our nation, to the American economy and to the commercial facilities sector." Homeland Security Today notes, “In response to these ongoing threats, the RE-ISAC has brought together industry organizations to work together with federal, state and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent, detect and respond to terrorist threats and malicious incidents.”
- The article also states, “The RE-ISAC is the designated conduit of terrorism, cyber and natural hazard warning and response information between the government and the commercial facilities sector.”
- The Real Estate Roundtable in February 2003 organized the RE-ISACas a public-private partnership between the U.S. commercial facilities sector and federal homeland security officials to proactively manage risk and strengthen the security and resilience of the U.S. commercial facilities/real estate critical infrastructure.
- While the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) is the primary federal partner of the RE-ISAC, the organization also works with the FBI, the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a number of other law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
- DHS announced yesterday that Congress passed legislation to reorganize the NPPD, creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency – CISA. (DHS, Nov. 13)
- The CISA Act (H.R. 3359), which passed the House yesterday, the Senate in October, and was signed by President Trump today, will prioritize CISA’s mission as “the Federal leader for cyber and physical infrastructure security."
Separately, The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Nov. 15 announced the issuance of revised Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in all-cash purchases of residential real estate. The purchase amount threshold, which previously varied by city, is now set at $300,000 for each covered metropolitan area. The GTOs cover certain counties within the following major U.S. metropolitan areas: Boston; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle. (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 15)