About ISE

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About the ISE

The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) consists of the people, projects, systems, and agencies that enable responsible information sharing across the national security enterprise. The ISE was established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and a direct result of 9/11 Commission recommendations. Law enforcement, defense, and intelligence personnel rely on timely and accurate information to keep America safe, and the ISE makes that happen by:

  • Advancing responsible information sharing to further counterterrorism, homeland security, and counter weapons of mass destruction missions
  • Improving nationwide decision making by transforming from information ownership to stewardship
  • Promoting partnerships across federal, state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and internationally

A robust ISE strengthens national security by facilitating the sharing and safeguarding of terrorism-related information. The Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment contributes to the strength of the ISE by bringing federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector mission partners together to align the business processes, standards and architecture, security and access controls, privacy protections, and best practices on which the ISE is built. PM-ISE administers this website as part of this effort to collaborate and promote the work of the ISE.

Click here to learn more about the Background and Authorities of the ISE.

Role of the Office of the PM-ISE

The role of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) is to spearhead the nation's efforts to realize the vision of the ISE. Granted government-wide authority by the U.S. Congress, PM-ISE serves as a trusted broker, facilitating the development of a network-centric ISE by promoting standards and architecture, security and access, and associated privacy protections.     

Founded in 2005, PM-ISE is placed within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to better coordinate the office's terrorism-related information sharing mission with the DNI's mission to improve intelligence information sharing.

Lines of Effort

Implementation of the ISE continues to progress apace along three core lines of effort. 

The first - the domestic nexus of national security and public safety - is heavily weighted toward the ISE’s mission impact to enhance terrorism-related information sharing to protect the homeland. Noteworthy is the shared role in supporting state and local stakeholders to operate with each other, the private sector, and federal agencies; to develop, implement, and align information sharing platforms; and to contribute to federal policy conversations. The forum for coordinating this work is the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC).

Second, the ISE is advancing core information sharing frameworks developed, refined, and tested through more than a decade of terrorism-related information sharing. The focal point for this line of work is the ISE Core Interoperability Framework, which distills, advances, and packages for easier use ISE information interoperability standards and architectures.

Third, ISE partners are pursuing implementation of the 2012 National Strategy for Information and Safeguarding (NSISS) through the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) — the government-wide, enterprise management roadmap for implementing the NSISS. PM-ISE expects to close out the SIP in 2016 as the primary tracking mechanism with substantial completion of remaining milestones and efforts across partner agencies. Looking beyond the SIP, the standing strategic goals and objectives found in the 2007 National Strategy for Information Strategy and the 2012 NSISS will serve as the implementation roadmap for the ISE.