Bruce B. Davidson
Director, Office of SAFETY Act Implementation
Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the private sector expressed considerable reluctance to deploy security technologies and services in civilian settings due to the enormous potential liability risks. The Support Antiterrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act was enacted by Congress in 2002 to assist in mitigating these risks, and to encourage the widespread deployment of effective antiterrorism technologies that would save lives.
The SAFETY Act is a unique program that employs risk and litigation management systems to encourage the private sector to make consequential investments to strengthen our homeland security. The SAFETY Act applies to a broad range of technologies including products, systems, services and software, or combinations thereof, as long as the DHS, Under Secretary for Science & Technology or one of its designees, as an exercise of discretion and judgment, determines that a technology merits coverage. Examples of eligible technologies include: threat and vulnerability assessment services, sensors and sensor integration systems, detection systems, screening services, decision support software, security services, and crisis management systems.
The SAFETY Act creates liability limitations for claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an act of terrorism where SAFETY Act covered technologies have been deployed. For more information on SAFETY Act Program, please visit www.safetyact.gov. In this session, the speaker will present critically important benefits SAFETY Act coverage can provide for a developer, seller, or user of antiterrorism products or services. The presentation will also include a high level view of the process by which SAFETY Act coverage can be obtained and some tips for submitting a successful SAFETY Act application.