This report is submitted by the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) on behalf of the President, as required by Section 1016 (h) (2) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004, as amended.
Accompanying, but distinct from this report, are substantial performance data and links to best practices, lessons learned, frameworks, and initiatives that are increasingly being packaged as reusable tools and accessed broadly via the Information Sharing Environment’s website at www.ise.gov/annual-report/ and www.ise.gov. In past years this material was directly integrated into this report. Accomplishments, opportunities, and the way forward described in this report are based on this qualitative and quantitative performance data, as reported to the Office of the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment by various agencies; on performance trends year-by-year; and on the evolution of priority threats as they have been identified, and changes in our operating environment. Readers of this report are encouraged to dig deeper into specific topics of interest via our website.
In December 2012, the President released the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (2012 Strategy). Subsequently, the White House and the PM-ISE released the 2012 Strategy’s Strategic Implementation Plan. The 2012 Strategy and its implementation plan defined the general vision and framework for responsible information sharing across the national security and public safety environments, and provide the specific efforts needed to continue maturing the Information Sharing Environment. Both documents build on and integrate the tools and initiatives reflected in our nation’s tremendous investment in terrorism-related information sharing. Positioning these tools and initiatives for reuse and further integration into the overall national security framework shapes the discussion in this report.