Issues & Policy Priorities

SIA’s Government Relations team WORKS DILIGENTLY ON ISSUES THAT MATTER TO OUR MEMBERS AND TO THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS.

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Video: It’s Time to Act on School Security

To stress the importance of investing in K-12 school safety, SIA produced a video with partners from the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools and from Safe and Sound Schools. Learn why it’s time to act.

SIA is actively tracking a wide range of issues for our members. Pressing topics include border security, preventing vehicular terrorism, artificial intelligence and school safety.


Airport Security

Safe and secure air travel is the expectation of every passenger, and it is critical that airports are able to update security strategies in response to evolving threats.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Trump administration and Congress have recognized the significance of AI and machine learning across many sectors by creating working groups such as the White House Select Committee on AI and the Congressional AI Caucus to learn how the federal government can foster, and not stifle, development and use of these technologies.

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Body-Worn Cameras

SIA supports efforts to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies for the implementation of body-worn camera systems. Learn more about this timely issue.

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Border Security

SIA supports ensuring that any legislation seeking to improve security at U.S. borders provides for the deployment of modern security technology to its full potential in conjunction with other measures and in a manner that is most cost effective and beneficial for U.S. taxpayers.

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Cybersecurity

The security industry fulfills a crucial role in cybersecurity and national security by providing systems that manage credentials for federal workers and contractors and control access to federal facilities and computer networks.

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Facial Recognition

For many years, use of advanced facial recognition technology has benefited Americans in countless but underpublicized ways – helping to find missing children, fight human trafficking, find dangerous criminals, bring sexual predators to justice and thwart identity thieves. Clearly, the benefits of facial recognition technology vastly outweigh the risks.

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Fair & Open Trade

SIA has a deep and increasing concern with the direction of U.S. trade policy due to the willingness of the current administration to use tariffs as a major policy tool in disputes with our trading partners, and the negative economic effects that could result from escalating tariffs.

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Patent Reform

SIA supports legislation that cracks down on abuses by patent trolls, which thwart technological innovation and cost manufacturers millions of dollars each year.

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Preventing Vehicular Terrorism

Unfortunately, public areas and places where crowds gather have become targets for vehicular attacks around the world, and recently in the U.S.  The strategic placement of security barriers and other systems in key locations is critical to protecting the public but requires significant security and engineering expertise to deploy effectively.

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School Safety

SIA is committed to promoting safe and secure learning environments for our children, where security technology is a vital component.

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Technology Workforce Development

SIA is engaged in efforts to grow the security talent pipeline by working with community colleges, creating outreach programs for students and young professionals and providing information about security industry careers – which are increasingly IT centric as the information technology and security disciplines converge.

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Telecommunications

SIA advocates that the federal government should play a key role in fostering investment in the communications infrastructure that supports the Internet of Things and collaboration between the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to deployment.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS

Autonomous robotics are increasingly relied upon for smarter security by complementing – not replacing – traditional security practitioners, guards and other personnel and systems.

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Get Involved in SIA Government Relations

Our active committees help SIA members like you shape public policy and be the first to know about regulations and legislation that could impact your business.

How the Latest National Defense Authorization Act Impacts the Security Industry

On Dec. 27, 2021, President Biden signed the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that annually authorizes federal funding for various programs under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and its service branches – the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Prior to its enactment, the Security Industry Association (SIA) circulated a support letter…

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Why Hostile Vehicle Incidents Can’t Be Ignored

With a clear pattern of incidents, here’s why cities must pay attention – and what SIA is doing to drive awareness The road to Waukesha, Wisconsin, runs from Santa Monica, California.  It runs from Stillwater,  Oklahoma.  It runs from Austin, Texas, and Charlottesville, Virginia. The road runs from New York City and New Orleans, Louisiana. …

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What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Security and Life Safety Companies

Dear Security Industry Association (SIA) members, On Nov. 15, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. This infrastructure bill is the most significant U.S. investment in infrastructure in decades and includes $550 billion in funding far above baseline for many existing highway, transit, rail and other programs. SIA commends the president…

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Security Policy Brief: How a Proposed Houston Electrical Code Would Harm Integrators and Installers

In this video, learn about how a proposed amendment to Houston’s electrical code provisions would limit the work done by low-voltage workers and how SIA is engaging on behalf of members on this issue. The Houston Public Works Department has proposed an amendment to the City of Houston 2020 Administrative Code Provisions for the National…

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