1 FAM 480

BUREAU OF COUNTERTERRORISM and countering violent extremism (CT)

(CT:ORG-395;   08-04-2016)
(Office of Origin:  CT/EX)

1 FAM 481  Coordinator FOR counterterrorism (CT)

1 FAM 481.1  Responsibilities

(CT:ORG-300;   03-05-2013)

a. The Coordinator for Counterterrorism (CT) or other appropriate senior appointee serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of State, other Department principals, and policy bureaus on international counterterrorism strategy, policy, and operations, and directs the Department's counterterrorism programs.  For the purposes of counterterrorism strategy, threats, and operations, the Coordinator reports to the Secretary of State.  For matters relating to counterterrorism programs and other routine activities of the Bureau, the Coordinator reports to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights (J).

b. The Coordinator or other appropriate senior appointee serves as the representative of the Secretary of State on international counterterrorism issues in international and interagency meetings; liaises with other U.S. Government departments, agencies, and entities; and leads and coordinates Department participation in international counterterrorism policy and program strategy and analysis, as appropriate.

c.  The Coordinator or other appropriate senior appointee ensures that U.S. international counterterrorism activities support U.S. foreign policy priorities and are carried out in accordance with U.S. law and regulation.

d. The Coordinator or other appropriate senior appointee exercises policy oversight for all State Department counterterrorism programs, including training, and works closely with the regional bureaus, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA), the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), among others.  The Coordinator is also responsible for interagency coordination of all international counterterrorism activities of U.S. Government agencies conducted pursuant to Public Law 105-277, Div. G, Subdiv. B, Title XXIII, Ch. 1, 2301(b), 112 Stat. 2681-824; codified at 22 U.S.C. 2651a(e). 

e. The Coordinator or other appropriate senior appointee exercises the authority to furnish all Non-Proliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs (NADR) Antiterrorism Assistance to foreign countries pursuant to chapter 8 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, exclusive of those functions otherwise reserved to the Secretary or delegated to the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources.

1 FAM 481.2  Organization

(CT:ORG-300;   03-05-2013)

An organization chart of the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) is in 1 FAM Exhibit 481.2.

1 FAM 481.3  Authorities

(CT:ORG-300;   03-05-2013)

The following authorities are relevant to the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT):

(1)  22 U.S.C. 2651a and 22 U.S.C. 2656, general authorities of the Secretary of State for the conduct of foreign relations and management of the Department;

(2)  National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 207, dated January 20, 1986;

(3)  Public Law 105-277, Section 2301, dated October 21, 1998;

(4)  Executive Order 13224, dated September 23, 2001;

(5)  Executive Order 13261, dated March 19, 2002;

(6)  Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 6, dated September 16, 2003;

(7)  Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189);

(8)  National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) 46, dated March 6, 2006; NSPD-46 Annex II, dated November 7, 2006; NSPD-46 Appendix B to Annex II, dated September 24, 2008;

(9)  Delegation of Authority No. 293-2, dated October 23, 2011;

(10) Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 as amended (Chapter 8 of Part II, sections 571-575; 22 U.S.C. 2349aa through 2349aa-5);

(11) 22 U.S.C. 2651a(e), establishing The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, which has overall supervision (including policy oversight of resources) of international counterterrorism activities; and

(12) Other authorities, as appropriate.

1 FAM 482  PRINCIPAL DEPUTY coordinator FOR COUNTERTERRORISM

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. The Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism serves as the senior deputy and advisor to the Coordinator.  The Principal Deputy Coordinator has the authority to act on the Coordinator’s behalf in his or her absence.

b. The Principal Deputy Coordinator is responsible for overall management of the bureau.

c.  The Principal Deputy Coordinator, in consultation with the Coordinator, plans and supervises the substantive work of the bureau, including public affairs outreach strategies.

d. The Principal Deputy Coordinator represents the bureau in Department and interagency groups.

e. The Principal Deputy Coordinator supervises subordinate offices, as directed by the Coordinator.

1 FAM 482.1  Office of the Executive Director (CT/EX)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. The Office of the Executive Director (CT/EX) advises the Coordinator and Principal Deputy Coordinator regarding the executive management and direction of the bureau.

b. The CT Executive Office (CT/EX):

(1)  Coordinates overall Department and bureau policy requirements with bureau offices;

(2)  Formulates and executes the D&CP budget for the bureau;

(3)  Executes the Foreign Assistance budget for the bureau;

(4)  Authorizes and approves funds for travel;

(5)  Provides administrative and general support services for the bureau;

(6)  Coordinates and approves the usage of space assigned to the bureau;

(7)  Coordinates human resources services for the bureau;

(8)  Develops and coordinates the bureau records management program; and.

(9)  Manages the bureau’s information management program.

c.  CT/EX liaises with other U.S Government agency executives on a variety of counterterrorism programmatic and management issues in the following areas:

(1)  Human capital;

(2)  Training and rotational assignments;

(3)  Budget and financial management; and

(4)  Continuity of operations.

d. CT/EX serves as the CT coordinator for internal controls management, Office of Inspector General reports, and other reporting requirements.

1 FAM 482.2  Office of Strategy, Plans, and Initiatives (CT/SPI)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

The Office of Strategy, Plans, and Initiatives (CT/SPI):

(1)  Provides broad guidance and direction on counterterrorism policy and strategy to policy offices and program implementers in the CT Bureau, elsewhere at State Department and other U.S. Government departments and agencies;

(2)  Provides policy and programmatic formulation and strategic direction and guidance for the Bureau’s ATA, CVE, RLA, ILA, RSI, and CTF programs;

(3)  Provides policy and programmatic formulation and strategic direction and guidance on homeland security, designations and multilateral issues;

(4)  Develops and coordinates counterterrorism strategy and plans for the Coordinator and bureau offices to include the production of annual budget, program, and strategic planning and reporting documents;

(5)  Manages the bureau’s overall relationship with the Office of the Legal Adviser (L), and the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (H);

(6)  Represents the Bureau in White House and State Department’s strategic planning processes;

(7)  Manages the bureau’s Congressional Affairs portfolio to ensure the bureau’s priorities and activities are well understood and supported in Congress;

(8)  Develops, coordinates and lead cross-cutting counterterrorism initiatives, particularly those focusing on Iran, Hizballah, Hamas and other Palestinian rejectionist groups, or on prison rehabilitation/reintegration issues;

(9)  Provides counterterrorism briefings for newly appointed U.S. ambassadors on key issues pertaining to their assignments;

(10) Prepares briefing materials for the Coordinator, Principal Deputy Coordinator, and other CT principals for use in Congressional briefings, testimony, and public speeches.

1 FAM 482.3  Office of Programs (CT/P)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

The Office of Programs (CT/P) translates CT Bureau strategic goals and objectives, as developed and articulated by CT/SPI, into effective capacity building programs. CT/P monitors program implementation in accordance with Department best practices to ensure outcomes match program objectives.  CT/P:

(1)  Designs, implements, monitors and evaluates Counterterrorism Bureau programs and ensures that all CT programs and activities are implemented in accordance with law and policy and reflect the counterterrorism priorities of the Secretary and the Coordinator;

(2)  Manages the monitoring, metrics, and outcome evaluation of CT programs and activities to ensure alignment with the strategic goals established on behalf of the Coordinator by the Office of Strategic Policy, Planning, and Initiatives (CT/SPI);

(3)  Ensures proper management and oversight by agencies and nongovernmental parties responsible for implementing capacity building programs; and

(4)  Manages the bureau’s overall relationship with the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F).

1 FAM 483  DEPUTY Coordinator FOR Regional and multilateral Affairs (CT/RmA)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

The Deputy Coordinator for Regional and Multilateral Affairs (CT/RMA):

(1)  Participates in the development of counterterrorism policy together with the Principal Deputy Coordinator and the Coordinator;

(2)  Oversees the production of counterterrorism policy discussion papers for State’s participation in internal and interagency meetings as well as bilateral, regional, and multilateral meetings with foreign government counterparts, and briefs the Coordinator on regional policy issues;

(3)  Participates in interagency, bilateral, regional, and multilateral counterterrorism meetings as required;

(4)  Supervises the geographic offices and manages their production of counterterrorism-related assessments, analyses, briefing papers, and other products regarding counterterrorism policy across all regions;

(5)  Manages a comprehensive program of current and long-term regional counterterrorism policy and program analysis for the Department;

(6)  Works closely with the Department of State’s geopolitical regional and functional bureaus, as well as other U.S. Government agencies, to develop and implement country-specific counterterrorism outreach, training, and bilateral policies and programs; and

(7)  Directs the Regional Strategic Initiative (RSI), including the performance evaluation of the RSI field coordinators in seven posts abroad.

1 FAM 483.1  Office of South and Central Asia and the Near East (CT/SCAN)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

The Office of South and Central Asia and the Near East (CT/SCAN):

(1)  Assesses counterterrorism trends in regions, countries, and topics of interest to the Secretary and Department principals;

(2)  Develops, funds, implements, and monitors, with constituent posts, relevant bureaus and Regional Strategic Initiative (RSI) field officers, bilateral and regional counterterrorism training programs and exchanges;

(3)  Provides current counterterrorism resource support to Department principals and desk officers;

(4)  Drafts counterterrorism assessments and articles for the Secretary’s Daily Brief and other products; and

(5)  Collaborates with experts on the National Security Council Staff, other agencies, and outside government experts on counterterrorism topics and countries.

1 FAM 483.2  Office of Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia (CT/AEAA)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

The Office of Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia (CT/AEAA):

(1)  Assesses counterterrorism trends in regions, countries, and topics of interest to the Secretary and Department principals;

(2)  Develops, funds, implements, and monitors, with constituent posts, relevant bureaus and Regional Strategic Initiative (RSI) field officers, bilateral and regional counterterrorism training programs and exchanges;

(3)  Provides current counterterrorism resource support to Department principals and desk officers;

(4)  Drafts counterterrorism assessments and articles for the Secretary’s Daily Brief and other products; and

(5)  Collaborates with experts on the National Security Council Staff, other agencies, and outside government experts on counterterrorism topics and countries.

1 FAM 483.3  Office of Multilateral Affairs (CT/M)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. The Office of Multilateral Affairs (CT/M) oversees Department counterterrorism engagement, policy and program development, coordination, and implementation for U.S. participation in all multilateral forums and organizations, including those in which the United States is not a member.

b. CT/M is the U.S. lead for counterterrorism policy and programs within multilateral organizations and represents the United States at meetings of these organizations.

c.  CT/M is the policy lead for the Department for the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and directs the administrative unit of the GCTF.

d. CT/M manages the CT Bureau’s Counter-Terrorism Engagement Fund (CTE), which aims to build political will among foreign government officials and civil societies and support the efforts of multilateral organizations to promote more effective policies and programs.

1 FAM 484  DEPUTY Coordinator FOR HOMELAND SECURITY, Screening and Designations (CT/HSSD)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

The Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security, Screening and Designations (CT/HSSD):

(1)  Coordinates the Department's participation in international counterterrorism activities as they affect homeland security, and collaborates closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. departments and agencies with respect to international CT activities;

(2)  Leads Department policy and program development with respect to the sharing of terrorism screening information with foreign partners; and

(3)  Leads counterterrorism finance (CTF) policies and strategies, including the appropriate alignment of CTF programs.  CT/HS identifies and designates targets for listing under Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Executive Order (EO) authorities.

1 FAM 484.1  Office of Homeland Security (CT/HS)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. The Office of Homeland Security (CT/HS) serves as the principal point-of-contact for the Department with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the coordination of international counterterrorism activities as they affect homeland security.

b. CT/HS leads, for the Department policy, development on counterterrorism issues as they affect homeland security and coordinates closely with other Department bureaus on homeland security issues, including transportation security, border security, and national preparedness exercises with a counterterrorism component.

c.  CT/HS leads for the Department on international critical infrastructure security and resilience, including the Global Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (GCEIP) Strategy and Program.

1 FAM 484.2  Office of Terrorist Screening and Interdiction Programs (CT/TSI)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. The Office of Terrorist Screening and Interdiction Programs (CT/TSI) leads Department policy development, interagency coordination, international engagement, and negotiations for the exchange of biographic and biometric terrorism screening information with foreign governments, pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6).

b. CT/TSI works closely with other Department bureaus, the Intelligence Community, and law enforcement agencies to coordinate enhancements to the Terrorist Screening Database.

c.  CT/TSI coordinates programs to constrain terrorist mobility globally by helping countries at risk of terrorist activity or transit to enhance their border security capabilities with a computerized screening system known as the Personal Identification Secure Comparison and Evaluation System (PISCES).

d. With other Department bureaus, CT/TSI contributes to U.S. Government initiatives concerning the collection and analysis of biometric information about known or suspected terrorists, watchlisting of new suspected terrorists and managing information collection about lost or stolen passports.

1 FAM 484.3  Office of Terrorism Finance and Designations (CT/TFD)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. CT/TFD, in partnership with CT/SPI and CT, is responsible for ensuring that CT Bureau funded counterterrorism finance funded programs are in alignment with counterterrorism finance policy objectives.

b. CT/TFD crafts group specific counterterrorism finance policies and strategies that are designed to maximize the utility of CT terrorist designation authorities and counterterrorism finance programs.

c.  CT/TFD represents the CT Bureau at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and FATF-style regional bodies.

d. The Office of Terrorism Finance and Designations (CT/TFD) identifies and designates targets for listing under Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Executive Order (E.O. 13224) authorities and leads the mandated reviews of the Department of State designations under FTO authorities.

e. CT/TFD is also responsible for recommending to the Secretary of State possible listings and rescissions of State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) designations pursuant to 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Control Export Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act.  In addition, CT/TFD is responsible for proposing, as appropriate, entities and individuals designated by the State Department under domestic sanctions regimes for listing at the UN Security Council’s Taliban and al-Qa’ida Committees.

f.  CT/TFD leads the annual certification of countries as “not fully cooperating” with U.S. antiterrorism efforts pursuant to Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act.

g. CT/TFD represents the Coordinator for Counterterrorism on the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) interagency rewards committee, and as such, develops joint terrorist designations/RFJ projects.

1 FAM 485  DEPUTY COordinator FOR military coordination and policy (Ct/mcp)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. The Deputy Coordinator for Military Coordination and Policy coordinates the Department of State-led interagency efforts to plan and conduct sensitive counterterrorism operations worldwide.

b. The Deputy Coordinator for Military Coordination and Policy:

(1)  Coordinates with the Department of Defense and other agencies on interagency/military counterterrorism activities and advises Department officials on their implications and implementation;

(2)  Leads the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST), the U.S. Government’s only interagency, on-call short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide;

(3)  Coordinates interagency counterterrorism efforts during hostage crises and participates in the Hostage and Personnel Recovery Working Group, which refines and implements official U.S. Government policy toward Americans taken captive abroad;

(4)  Coordinates Department and interagency participation in overseas counterterrorism exercises;

(5)  Provides and coordinates interagency support to the Counterterrorism Crisis Response Subcommittee of the International Special Events Group (ISEG), which provides contingency security and crisis management capability to major events of security concern, such as the Olympics; and

(6)  Provides policy oversight for the interagency and international Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) on behalf of the Department of State and in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, which provides program management and execution for the TSWG.

1 FAM 485.1  Office of Crisis Response Preparedness and Special Coordination (CT/CRSC)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. CT/CRSC is the primary office responsible for coordinating interagency counterterrorism crisis response, preparedness and special DOD activities and programs related to counterterrorism operations as well as leading the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST).

b. CT/CRSC coordinates various DOD activities and programs related to the implementation of DOD counterterrorism activities, including highly sensitive interagency issues, within the Department, with Embassies, and among agencies.

c.  CT/CRSC preparedness team organizes CT bureau and the Department's counterterrorism initiatives related to CT capacity building and preparedness activities conducted by the interagency, Embassies, USSOCOM and regional combatant commands.

d. CT/CRSC supports the International Security Events Group led by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which provides security assistance and contingency crisis management support to foreign partners overseas during major events which, if subjected to terrorist attack, could have catastrophic consequences. Supported events include such things as the Olympics, Pan-Am Games, Global Forums, etc.

e. CT/CRSC leads, trains, manages, and deploys the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST). The FEST is prepared to deploy globally on 4 hours' notice of a NSC Deputies Committee decision to respond to a foreign emergency, such as a catastrophic bombing, hostage situation, or weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) incident in support of Chiefs of Missions overseas.

f.  CT/CRSC maintains partnerships with various agencies and Department offices to ensure that individuals with specialized capabilities to respond to various types of terrorist emergencies are ready to deploy.

g. CT/CRSC maintains specialized rapid response communications capabilities and equipment, in support of its global deployment requirements.

h. CT/CRSC maintains expertise in weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) crisis management and consequence management to deal with ongoing and post-event terrorist incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) materials during FEST deployment.

i.  CT/CRSC provides personnel as appropriate for FEST deployments, including exercises, and may draw personnel from other parts of the CT bureau and the 12-person Reserve Augmentation Unit for such deployments as well.

1 FAM 485.2  Office of Technical Programs and Operations Policy (CT/TPOP)

(CT:ORG-377;   10-09-2015)

a. CT/TPOP is the primary office responsible for CT policy development and guidance for issues intersecting with military counterterrorism activities, operations, and presence.

b. CT/TPOP oversees the Bureau’s overall relationship with DoD for counterterrorism military planning, and manages the process of reviewing plans for CT and foreign policy guidance from the Department.

c.  CT/TPOP also serves as the information conduit for the CT bureau into the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell and the Special Envoy on Hostage Affairs.

d. CT/TPOP co-chairs the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), in partnership with DoD and select foreign allies. The TSWG identifies areas for research and development of technologies for combating terrorism. TSWG works closely with government laboratories, academia, and private-sector developers to focus research and development on technical requirements identified by Federal, State, local, and international end users.

e. CT/TPOP provides interagency leadership and represents the U.S. Government in the Quadrilateral Group on Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Counterterrorism (the “AUSCANUKUS CBR CT Quad”), in conjunction with allies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

f.  CT/TPOP represents the Coordinator and the Department in interagency and international forums where terrorist technical threats are addressed.

g. CT/TPOP coordinates a 12-person Army Reserve unit seconded to its supervision, which provides part-time help to cover surge requirements and other augmentation to CT commensurate with the individual's civilian skill set, including policy activities, staffing exercises and supporting FEST deployments.

1 FAM 486  Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism

(CT:ORG-395;   08-04-2016)

The Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism:

(1)  Guides the development of countering violent extremism (CVE) policy together with the Principal Deputy Coordinator and the Coordinator;

(2)  Oversees the coordination and integration of the Department of State’s and U.S. government’s international CVE efforts to advance specific policy objectives, including related monitoring and evaluation efforts;

(3)  Advises the Coordinator, the Secretary of State, and White House leadership on CVE policy and programmatic issues;

(4)  Represents State in interagency, bilateral, regional, and multilateral CVE meetings as required;

(5)  Engages with foreign governmental and non-governmental counterparts to promote CVE initiatives and partnerships;

(6)  Supervises the CVE office and manages the production of CVE-related assessments, analyses, briefing papers, and other products regarding CVE policy;

(7)  Works closely with the Department of State’s regional and functional bureaus, as well as other U.S. Government agencies, to develop and implement country-specific CVE outreach, training, and bilateral policies and programs;

(8)  Testifies before Congress and briefs Congressional members and staff on CVE-related issues; and

(9)  Represents State at public fora and engages with the media to promote CVE initiatives and partnerships.

1 FAM 486.1  Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CT/CVE)

(CT:ORG-395;   08-04-2016)

The Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CT/CVE) will lead the Department’s international engagement and assistance efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups to commit acts of violence.  Specifically, the CVE Office:

(1)  Provides broad strategic guidance and direction on CVE engagement and assistance to shape the work of the CT Bureau, other State Department entities, and other U.S. Government departments and agencies;

(2)  Develops priorities, plans, and programming models for using foreign assistance to counter violent extremist messaging and promote alternative narratives, in partnership with the Global Engagement Center;

(3)  Advises program managers in CT and other Department offices on the design, innovation, evaluation, and prioritization of CVE assistance and programs;

(4)  Maintains and analyzes budgetary information on all the Department’s planned and ongoing CVE programs, and provides related reports to the Department’s leadership and Congress as required;

(5)  Oversees engagement with bilateral, multilateral, private sector and other non-governmental partners to advance a broad range of CVE initiatives and partnerships;

(6)  Prepares briefing materials for the Coordinator, Principal Deputy Coordinator, and other CT principals for use in interagency policy meetings, Congressional briefings, testimony, and public speeches.

1 FAM 487  through 489  unassigned



 

1 FAM EXHIBIT 481.2  
Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT)

(CT:ORG-395;   08-04-2016)

Title: CT Org Chart - Description: CT Org Chart