The Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist (CTW), enables America’s front line screening agencies to identify known or suspected terrorists when they attempt to enter the United States. This multi-agency mission is shared by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) , and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).


Cargo Screening


Over 250 million tons of cargo arrive in the United States yearly. U.S. Customs and Border Protection screens this cargo for materials that could potentially be used in a terrorist attack or other criminal activities, a mission which PM-ISE has supported by assisting to develop cross-governmental cargo security standards and architectures, built on existing systems, to enhance terrorism-related secure cargo information access, data distribution, and sharing.


Improved Person Screening


The science of biometrics is revolutionizing personal identification, authentication, and access control. Using face, finger, and iris recognition, biometrics makes the spelling and duplication errors inherent in name-based screening a thing of the past. To ensure common biometric standards and interoperability across all federal systems, PM-ISE supported an interagency effort lead by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management, to develop the NSTC Policy for Enabling the Development, Adoption and Use of Biometric Standards, and an associated Registry of U.S. Government Recommended Biometric Standards.


National Targeting Center‐Passenger (NTCP)


The National Targeting Center-Passenger (NTC-P) plays a vital role in the identification of persons who pose a threat to national security. Covering 327 U.S. ports of entry and over 30 Border Patrol checkpoints, the NTC-P uses cutting-edge automated enforcement data processing systems to prevent terrorists from gaining access to the United States.


CVE Task Forces


Following a White House Summit on CVE, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was tasked with standing up the CVE Task Force to be a permanent interagency task force hosted by the Overall leadership provided by DHS and the Department of Justice, with additional staffing provided by representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Counterterrorism Center, and other supporting departments and agencies. The task force will be administratively housed at DHS. The CVE Task Force will address the gaps identified in the review by (1) synchronizing and integrating whole-of-government CVE programs and activities; (2) leveraging new CVE efforts, for example those of the DHS Office for Community Partnerships; (3) conducting ongoing strategic planning; and (4) assessing and evaluating CVE programs and activities. To read the full press release, click here.


Peer to Peer Initiatives


The Peer 2 Peer program is a public-private partnership designed to empower college students at home and abroad to create narratives on social media to challenge violent extremist recruitment.  The strategy behind the program is the simple, powerful notion that the best strategies for combatting violent extremism and radicalization on social media come from creative, thoughtful and committed young people who know how to reach their peers.  The program creates a platform where talented college students bring their best thinking and ideas to the table to combat a threat that affects all of us in the United States and around the world.