A few days ago, I announced our Annual Report. Many of our federal agency partners know that much of the content for the Annual Report comes from the Performance Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ) surveys that federal agencies complete.
We have delivered the Information Sharing Environment’s 2014 Annual Report to the Congress. This annual report card tells the Congress and the American people how our federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and international partners are doing in their journey to achieve the decentralized, distributed, and coordinated approach to information sharing envisioned by the Congress ten years ago when it authorized establishment of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).
The need for collaboration between government and industry – on standards, on cybersecurity, on threat information – isn’t news. We realized long ago that government and industry need each other’s help to solve these complex problems.
Each year, September 11 serves as a reminder that we must always be prepared and alert to protect our nation from terrorism. Lately, that includes both cyber and physical attacks. The wounds for many are still as fresh and crisp as that September morning. Our nation was under attack. Many of us were caught off guard, unprepared, and without a response plan.
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”- Mark Twain Collaboration, integration, sharing: these are worthy objectives. But what are we doing within the Maritime Community to advance these types of actions? As articulated by Mike Howell, PM-ISE Deputy Program Manager, “we don’t care what system you run internally, that is your business. But your system must talk in standard language to other systems.”
From August 10-13, I had the opportunity to participate in the National Forum on Criminal Justice, with criminal justice experts from around the country. Information sharing plays a large role in our criminal justice system – from enforcement, to arrest, to sentencing, and beyond.
This week, our Buzz is highlighting two key reports, both of which were released on 22 July and both of which have their roots in the events that occurred on 11 September 2001. The first document revisits The 9/11 Commission Report, while the second provides a scorecard on how well the nation’s fusion centers are performing.
The meaningful exchange of facts, leads, news, and intelligence among criminal justice agencies is one of the top priorities of law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) was created to help facilitate this exchange with a single sign-on and ultimately strengthen collaboration among the law enforcement, criminal justice, and public safety communities.
You might not know about the Global Maritime Community of Interest or the National Maritime Interagency Advisory Group (NIAG). We’re a diverse set of agencies connected to maritime domain information sharing. NIAG members include all Federal maritime stakeholder agencies, as well as participants from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, academia, the maritime industry, and our international partners. A recent meeting of the NIAG highlighted how information interoperability is developed through the consistent application of design principles and standards.
For this week’s Buzz, we’re focusing on two pockets of information sharing excellence: the Department of Commerce, and Delaware – one of the smallest states in our union. These may not have been the first two places to pop into your mind, but that’s the beauty of the ISE – organizations of all types and sizes can support the mission. Which Fed Shares the Most Data?