Year in Review

The Federal Government continues to focus on implementing the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) guided by the core principles, goals, and objectives in Executive Order 13388,[1] “Further Strengthening the Sharing of Terrorism Information to Protect Americans,” the 2007 National Strategy for Information Sharing, and reinforced by the 2012 National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS). Implementation progresses apace along three lines of effort.


Advance the terrorism-related ISE at the domestic nexus of public safety and national security;


Develop and integrate Project Interoperability (PI) and the Information Sharing and Safeguarding Core Interoperability Framework to improve information sharing and safeguarding by ISE partners across their enterprise architectures; and


Support federal departments and agencies with their efforts to implement national information sharing objectives via the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) published in 2013.


The first line of effort—supporting ISE partners to increasingly align policy, missions, and technology with their information sharing infrastructure at the domestic nexus of national security and public safety—dates back to the inception of the ISE. Noteworthy is the shared role by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (FSLTT) ISE stakeholders to operate with each other, and the private sector; to develop, implement, and align information sharing platforms; and to contribute to federal policy conversations. A key forum for coordinating this work is the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), with representatives from across federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

The second line of effort—aligning, developing, and integrating information interoperability—is advancing core frameworks and standards developed, refined, and tested through more than a decade of terrorism-related information sharing. The focal point for this line of work is Project Interoperability[2]. The forum for coordinating this work is the Standards Coordinating Council (SCC), an advisory group composed of industry and standards development organizations that provides recommendations on matters related to information sharing standards and other issues related to responsible information sharing.

The third line of effort—performance evaluation—demonstrates how ISE partners are implementing the NSISS through an Administration-led process centered on the 2013 SIP—the government-wide, enterprise management roadmap for implementing the NSISS.


[1]   EO 13388, Presidential Guideline 2 – extends the scope of the ISE to law enforcement information related to terrorism or other crimes with a national security concern.

[2]   Project Interoperability is a start-up guide for information interoperability to transfer and use information in a consistent, efficient way across organizations and information technology systems.