Issues & Policy Priorities

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

Video: State Legislation to Watch in 2022

In this video, our government relations team provides an overview of SIA's strategic advocacy priorities for 2022 and shares insight into critical legislative and policy developments affecting our members. Watch the video to learn more!

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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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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.

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SIA and ESA Express Support for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are part of a community of security professionals unified by the mission of keeping people and property safe. Following inexplicable and senseless school security tragedies that occur far too often in this nation, most recently in Uvalde, Texas, we commit ourselves to support reasonable…

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SIA 2022 Legislators of the Year: Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax)

Security Industry Association Announces 2022 Winners of the SIA Legislator of the Year Award

Virginia Del. Jay Leftwich and Virginia Sen. Scott Surovell will be honored for their leadership in advancing landmark biometrics legislation at the 2022 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Virginia Del. Jay Leftwich, Jr. (R-Chesapeake) and Virginia Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) as the 2022 recipients of the SIA Legislator of…

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SIA 2022 Industry Advocate Award: David Ray, Rank One; Joseph Hogan, Johnson Controls

Security Industry Association Announces 2022 Winners of the Industry Advocate Award

Joseph Hogan and David Ray will be honored for their leadership and support of SIA’s government relations initiatives at the 2022 SIA GovSummit.     SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Joseph Hogan, vice president and assistant general counsel, building management systems at Johnson Controls; and David Ray, chief operating officer and general…

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U.S. States and Cities Rethinking Bans, Setting Rules for Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

On April 27, 2022, a bill was enacted in Virginia to replace the state’s complete ban on local law enforcement use of facial recognition technology with a comprehensive set of rules for its use. Virginia is only the latest and largest jurisdiction where policymakers are rethinking blanket bans and seeking to establish guardrails ensuring the…

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