The Interagency Security Committee (ISC) commemorates its 25th Anniversary in 2020. On October 19, 1995, six months after the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, mandated by Executive Order 12977, the ISC stood up to address continuing government-wide security for federal facilities.
ISC 25th Anniversary Event
The ISC will be hosting a special event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the ISC.
Date: October 19, 2020
Creation of the ISC
April 19, 2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, the worst act of domestic terrorism occurred and claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, the nation changed its approach to protecting federal facilities and established a broader set of critical infrastructures. The bombing was the catalyst for the creation of the ISC which observes its 25th Anniversary in October of this year, and also led to a number of other programs and services across CISA.
The ISC’s mandate is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of physical security in and the protection of buildings and nonmilitary federal facilities in the United States. The ISC policies, standards, and recommendations apply to all nonmilitary federal facilities in the United States—whether government-owned, leased, or managed; to be constructed or modernized; or to be purchased.
CISA Director Krebs Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing
CISA Director Christopher Krebs released a statement on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The Director stated, "the anniversary is also an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in terms of preventing another Oklahoma City bombing from ever happening again. As the threat has evolved, so too has our approach to security and resilience". Read more about Director Krebs statement: 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Interagency Security Committee – Federal Protective Service Joint Letter
This letter is signed by the Chair of the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) and the Director of the Federal Protective Service (FPS). It is to mark the solemn occasion of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, and to stand in solidarity with Oklahoma City.
OKC 25th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 25th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony was held virtually, which is available here. The video is dedicated to Family Members, Survivors and First Responders affected by this tragic event.
The Oklahoma City (OKC) National Memorial was dedicated to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. In performing this vital function, it reminds us of the imperative to continue to apply the lessons learned from this tragic event. Key among these was the creation of the Interagency Security Committee and its mission to enhance the quality and effectiveness of security in and protection of federal facilities in the United States.
ISC Commemorative Series
Leading up to the 25th ISC Anniversary, the ISC observes significant moments in the history of the ISC through its monthly Commemorative Series.