Director of National Intelligence Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Partners Board
LEIU General Chairman Van Godsey has been chosen to serve on the DNI's Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Partners Board. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 established the office of Director of National Intelligence (DNI). This position was created as part of an effort to make our national security enterprise more cohesive. IRTPA called for greater integration of our intelligence function, including both horizontal and vertical information sharing. The DNI is the leader of the 17 member intelligence community and is the President's principal advisor on intelligence matters. One of the changes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the changes implemented after that attack was a recognition that local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies make critical contributions to the security of the United States. With this recognition of state and local law enforcement and a need for vertical integration of information sharing, the DNI has taken efforts including the creation of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Partners Board. This is a group of outstanding leaders that assists the DNI in understanding the responsibilities, the requirements, and the capabilities of the law enforcement and homeland security communities, especially at the state, local, and tribal levels of government.