1978 Civil Service Reform Act
A federal law designed to prevent political interference with the decisions and actions of governmental organizations.
Information that law enforcement agencies, military units, or other security forces can use to stop an attack or operation.
Governmental, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations. It assumes that people organize in a hierarchy to create an organization that will solve problems.
Preparations from any agency to deal with natural, accidental, or human-made disasters. They involve controlling the incident through an organized response-and-command system and assigning various organizations to supervise the restoration of social order.
Government Management Reform Act of 1994
A federal law designed to prevent political interference in the management of federal governmental organizations and to increase the efficiency of management.
Any outcome or output of analyzed information that can be used by law enforcement agencies, military units, or security forces to take an immediate action.
National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
An organization designed to filter information from the intelligence process, synthesize counterterrorist information, and share it with appropriate organizations.
A clause in the second article of the Constitution that forbids the government to use military force to enforce law. (Do not confuse this with the right-wing extremist group Posse Comitatus.)
The criminal and social actions of individuals and groups before a terrorist attack.
As used in this text, the ability to stay focused on the primary mission of an organization.
Terrorism Screening Center (TSC)
A multiagency operation in West Virginia that evaluates information gathered from a variety of governmental sources.
The process of examining a community to determine the areas that might be subject to attack and the criticality of those areas to the functions of the community.
(1864\-1920) One of the major figures of modern sociological methods, studied the organization of human endeavors. Weber believed that social organizations could be organized for rational purposes designed to accomplish objectives.
A term used in the federal government for a group of subject matter experts who gather to suggest solutions to common problems.