WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump last week signed into law the Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act, legislation introduced by Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, that will help DHS better identify potential terrorist threats.

The Data Framework Act is meant to ensure that analysts at DHS can quickly and efficiently access data from any of the Department’s agencies.

It requires DHS to establish a central data framework to help cut down on the processing time of data searches.

It further instructs DHS to ensure that only DHS analysts with appropriate clearances may use the system and that DHS analysts using the data framework are appropriately trained in safeguarding sensitive and personal information and are fully briefed on DHS’s civil rights and civil liberties policies.

The legislation also allows DHS to exclude any information that would jeopardize sources and methods, any information that would compromise a criminal or national security investigation, and any information that would not serve a clear operational purpose.