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Roadmap for the ISE in 2014 and beyond

Today, we’re releasing two documents that will guide the progress of the Information Sharing Environment in 2014, for the broad spectrum of our stakeholders: federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as private sector and international partners.

The first is the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for the President’s National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS). The NSISS, which was released in December 2012, outlines 16 priority objectives (you can read them all on page 14 of the document).The objectives help break down our overall, whole-of-government information sharing goals, but they are written broadly. It can be hard to know where to start when your objective is, for example, “establish information sharing processes and sector specific protocols, with private sector partners, to improve information quality and timeliness and secure the nation’s infrastructure.” The SIP contains more detailed agency-based plans. It lays out specific steps that agencies are taking to deliver against the 16 priority objectives.

The NSISS Implementation Plan is written mostly for use by members of the White House’s Information Sharing and Access (ISA) Interagency Policy Committee (IPC), so it may include some “inside baseball” terminology unfamiliar to you. We are making it public in the spirit of transparency. The plan will continue to improve – we will further integrate our non-federal stakeholders, to extend the planning horizon, to improve metrics, and expand participation. Supporting, facilitating, and measuring agency-based implementation of the NSISS is going to be a large part of my team’s activity for 2014. It is an enormous task, and we’re energized by what it can do for the information sharing environment.

I’m often asked which priority objectives is my favorite. Of course, I love them all equally. But priority objective 5 – Safeguarding – is one that I’m excited about. As we say in the plan, cybersecurity challenges present one of the most dynamic and high-impact threats to our national security. The Senior Information Sharing and Safeguarding Steering Committee (SISS SC), and the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council have a large, complex task ahead of them in managing this one. It’s one of our more multifaceted and critical priority objectives, and I’m eager to see the progress we can make.

The second document being published today is the ISE Management Plan. This document, also developed with our agency partners, details how they will integrate management processes into the work of developing the ISE. The Management Plan is organized by the five functional areas we lay out in the ISE Building Blocks. We believe the Management Plan is a distillation of best practices for the delivery of responsible information sharing capabilities.

I encourage you to read both documents, particularly during this first week of January, when we’re all taking time to think, plan, the reflect on the year ahead. I hope the materials can be part of your planning for your own organization. I invite comments and suggestions on both documents. You can email my team, leave a comment here, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  

How are you going to incorporate the ideas in these documents into your organizations’ information sharing plan? What should we keep in mind as we continue to improve our plans and further integrate best practices and lessons learned?

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