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 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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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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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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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.

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How the New Appropriations Bill Impacts Security Companies

President Trump has signed an appropriations bill funding several government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice. Security Industry Association (SIA) members who actively participate in or are considering participation in the federal marketplace should pay close attention to funding amounts since it could impact future procurement opportunities.…

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SIA Takes Action on Right to Repair

On Feb. 5, the Security Industry Association (SIA) provided testimony in Concord, New Hampshire, on proposed legislation New Hampshire HB 462, joining several industry coalitions in efforts to oppose overly broad and burdensome “Right to Repair” bills (view SIA’s written testimony and coalition letters). Washington (WA HB 1342), S, Hawaii (HI SB 425), New Hampshire…

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SIA Takes Action on School Security and Mobile Driver’s License Technologies

Association advocates for increased school security funding; supports bills introducing new technology solutions for mobile IDs The Security Industry Association (SIA) recently weighed in to support to advance legislation impacting systems integrators, security solution developers and product manufacturers. Supporting proven, effective school safety programs and practices at the state level is a key policy priority…

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Buy America(n), Consumer Data Protection and the Security Industry: Key State Legislative Updates

With the 2019 state legislative session actively underway, the Security Industry Association (SIA) is tracking movement on two issues this week that could impact security systems integrators, security solution developers, product manufacturers and other companies providing technology and services inside the industry. “Buy America(n)” practices, which impose domestic content restrictions and require state procurement officials…

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