Issues & Policy Priorities



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 to include border security, IoT regulations, regulatory relief related to power requirements of life-safety and security systems, and the ongoing issue of funding for airport security, school security, and body-worn camera systems.

Regulatory Relief

External power supplies (EPS) used in security and/or life safety systems, due to the “always on” nature of such equipment, must be exempted from federal energy efficiency standards for standby mode. Learn why SIA supports S. 190/H.R. 511 the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act.

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School Safety

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

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Critical Infrastructure Protection

SIA opposes cuts to non-disaster FEMA grants. Learn why such grants are instrumental in protecting America’s critical infrastructure.

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SIA members play an important role in helping the federal government achieve the key cybersecurity and national security protections called for in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, and SIA supports the development of a federal IT modernization fund.

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Tax Reform

SIA supports comprehensive tax reform that helps businesses and encourages economic growth, including changes to the tax code that would allow businesses to fully expense the cost of implementing safety and security measures that benefit their customers and employees.

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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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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 – and to properly fund such infrastructure improvements.

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Border Security

SIA believes that between points of entry, security technology can play a key role in providing persistent surveillance at the border, detecting breaches of physical barriers and promoting a rapid response to border incursions, especially in areas that are otherwise difficult for the U.S. Border Patrol to monitor and protect.

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

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Body Worn Camera Systems

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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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.

School security

The Details on New Federal School Security Grants

Congress has provided significant New funding for school security. Here’s what it means for the security industry. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 included legislation known as the STOP School Violence Act, representing the primary Congressional response so far to the tragic attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, and authorizing nearly $1…

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School Security Safety Funding

Security Industry Association Applauds Funding of School Safety Grants Program

President’s signing of Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provides $25 million immediately, and $33 million annually. Silver Spring, Maryland (March 23, 2018) – President Donald Trump today signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 which among other provisions would reauthorize and restore funding for school safety grants administered by the U.S. Department of…

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Parents, Educators, Emergency Preparedness Groups Release Statement on House Passage of “STOP School Violence Act of 2018”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 14, 2018 – A diverse group of parents, educators, emergency preparedness and industry groups released the following statement on this week’s passage of H.R. 4909, the “STOP School Violence Act of 2018,” by the U.S. House of Representatives: “We applaud Congress’ efforts to address the important issue of school and student…

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Policy Briefing: Preventing Vehicular Attacks

Security Industry Association Supports Legislation to Address Vehicular Terrorism

SIA to hold Capitol Hill policy briefing on the prevention of vehicular attacks; briefing is scheduled for May 10, 2018. Silver Spring, Maryland (March 13, 2018) – The Security Industry Association (SIA) applauds the recent approval by the House Homeland Security Committee of H.R. 4227, the Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by…

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