Sending Office: Honorable Peter T. King
Sign-on to restore funding for RISS in the CJS Appropriations Bill
*This is a Programmatic Request*
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We invite you to join us in sending a letter requesting that funding be maintained for regional information sharing activities, such as the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) – a program established by Congress more than 40 years ago
as a nationwide resource for law enforcement to share criminal and intelligence information. We are asking that funding for regional information sharing activities be restored to the FY2011 funding level of $45 million in the FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, and
Science Appropriations Act. This funding level was supported by a majority of House members for FY2013 (H.R. 5326, Roll Call Vote #210).
RISS is a valuable tool that helps more than 9,000 local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, securely share information in order to combat organized and violent crime, gang
activity, drug activity, opioid epidemic, human trafficking, identity theft and other criminal priorities while promoting officer safety. Over the last ten years, officers leveraging RISS services arrested more than 39,500 offenders and seized $565 million
in narcotics, property and currency. These positive results have spurred a greater demand for RISS services.
In order to maximize the ability of law enforcement to combat crime and keep our communities safe, regional information sharing activities must be preserved and strengthened. If you would like to sign onto the letter to maintain funding, please
contact Ryan Woodward in Rep. King’s office at 5-7896 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Leiserson in Rep. Langevin’s office at 5-2735 / email@example.com.
PETER T. KING JAMES LANGEVIN
Member of Congress Member of Congress
March xx, 2018
The Honorable John Culberson The Honorable José E. Serrano
Chairman Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
Science and Related Agencies Science and Related Agencies
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:
Regional information sharing activities, such as the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, have helped law enforcement agencies across our nation fight crime and terrorism for more than 40 years. We respectfully ask that funding
for regional information sharing activities be restored to the fiscal year 2011 funding level of $45 million in the FY2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act.
The RISS Program successfully supports law enforcement efforts to combat major crimes, apprehend and prosecute offenders, resolve criminal investigations and ensure officer and public safety. Through its six regional intelligence centers, RISS
serves as a force multiplier for over 9,000 local, state, tribal and federal, law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. RISS partners with federal agencies to support federal information sharing initiatives
such as the National Data Exchange, Office of the Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment, the Homeland Security Information Network, United States Secret Service’s Targeted Violence Information Sharing System, the Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and
the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. Over the last ten years, officers leveraging RISS’s services reported more than $565 million in narcotics, property and case seizures alone (a 156% return on federal investment) and arrested more than 39,500
offenders. RISS provides investigative and case support, enhances officer safety through deconfliction and securely links thousands of criminal justice agencies to allow for intelligence sharing using state-of-the-art technology to combat organized and violent
crime, gang activity, drug activity, opioid overdoses, human trafficking, identity theft and other criminal priorities, while promoting officer safety.
The regional information sharing activities appropriation was significantly decreased from $45 million in FY2011 to $27 million in FY2012, despite a majority of House members voting to restore its funding (H.R. 5326, Roll Call Vote #210, 5/8/12).
In this same period, the Department of Justice Management and Administrative fees have been significant, which negatively impacts RISS’s net funding and ultimately the program’s ability to respond to the demand and needs of its members and users. As state
and local law enforcement agencies feel their budgets squeezed in tough economic times, they are turning to federal programs such as RISS for assistance. In addition, federal agencies rely on RISS to support national information sharing initiatives that further
strengthen public safety efforts across the United States. It is imperative that programs like RISS be preserved and strengthened.
We, the undersigned Members of Congress, request that you take action to provide regional information sharing activities with an adequate funding level of $45 million — in line with the level that was passed in the House FY2013 Commerce, Justice,
and Science Appropriations Act — so that it will continue to serve our law enforcement agencies as an effective tool in combating organized and violent crime and promoting officer safety. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
PETER T. KING JAMES R. LANGEVIN
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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