DRAFT - What is the ISE?

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The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) was created by section 1016 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA). The IRTPA was a congressional response to one of the major findings in the 9/11 Commission Report (585pp | 7.4mb | PDF) that there was a lack of information sharing between agencies and levels of government prior to the attack.

The ISE consists of people, projects, systems, and agencies that enable responsible sharing of information on terrorism-related issues. These justice, public safety, and homeland security partners work together to secure our nation. See the major players in the ISE and the guidance they've published, as well as the evolving issue of insider threats.

The Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM ISE) has the authority to plan, oversee, and manage the ISE. ISE Building Blocks, developed by the PM-ISE, is a knowledge management tool designed to help ISE partners build responsibility information sharing programs.

Sections include:

  • Governance,
  • Budget and Performance,
  • Acquisition, Standards and Interoperability, and
  • Communications and Partnerships.

Another key component of the ISE is the National Network of Fusion Centers. Fusion centers are owned and operated by state and local entities with support from federal partners and provide the federal government with critical state and local information and subject-matter expertise.

To build your knowledge of the ISE, you should monitor several important Congressional Committees and Subcommittees. Periodically they will produce reports, legislation, and hearings that can provide insight into potential future requirements and are a good measure of public opinion.

Finally, the PM-ISE developed ISE Core Awareness Training (2008), which details the importance of information sharing, ISE legislative and policy considerations, interagency and intergovernmental information sharing efforts, the promotion of information sharing, and ISE partners and resources. This quick online training will provide you will a solid foundation to understanding the ISE.

Source: The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Privacy Office.
Last date page updated: 7/12/13 (CRCL)

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