Cisneros and Steube Introduce Threat Information Protocol for Sharing Act

November 5, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan legislation would improve threat detection and help prevent acts of gun violence

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Representative Greg Steube (R-FL-17) introduced the Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act. Their bipartisan legislation will mandate timely information sharing between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local law enforcement agencies to increase the effectiveness of threat detection and crime prevention in order to prevent acts of gun violence. 

“Acts of gun violence have become all too commonplace, and we must do more to protect our communities and prevent the next tragedy from occurring,” said Rep. Cisneros. “By creating mandatory information sharing between federal and local law enforcement, we can work to ensure critical intelligence doesn’t get lost and red flags are acted upon. I’m proud to join Congressman Steube in this important piece of legislation that fosters greater communication within our law enforcement and keeps our constituents and their communities safe.”

“As we look back on the various tragedies that have taken place across our nation, there have been far too many instances where red flags somehow fell through the cracks—often a result of ineffective communication between local and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Rep. Steube. “This bill will ensure that threat-related information is disseminated to appropriate law enforcement agencies so that actionable intelligence is not lost in the system. Passing this legislation will have a meaningful impact on curbing violence and thwarting future plots in our country.” 

Following the senseless act of gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, families of the victims learned that the FBI had received a specific warning of the shooter’s deadly plans through its national call center just weeks before. Tragically, that information was never acted upon by the FBI, nor even forwarded to the South Florida field office for any follow-up. The TIPS Act will mandate the information-sharing of all state-specific information received through the FBI’s national tip line and online tip reporting website. The FBI will be required to submit monthly reports of all information received about individuals and threats to the appropriate state law enforcement agency. 

Representatives Troy Balderson (R-OH-12), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1), and Michael Turner (R-OH-10) all joined as original cosponsors of this legislation. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a companion bill in the United States Senate.