Framework of Considerations for Streamlining Information Sharing Agreements

May, 2015

Published May 11, 2015

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Appendicies for this document:

Framework of Considerations for Streamlining the Terrorism-Related Information Sharing and Access Agreement Development Process and Incorporating Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Best Practices

Introduction

In response to the U.S. government’s Data Aggregation Capabilities Applicable to Terrorism report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties (P/CL) Subcommittee of the Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee has developed this Framework of Considerations for Streamlining the Terrorism-Related Information Sharing and Access Agreement Development Process and Incorporating Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Best Practices (Framework) in an effort to define a common methodology for developing information sharing and access agreements (ISAAs).  In order to streamline the development process and to promote best practices, the Framework will recommend preliminary steps and identify key privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) issues to be considered early in the development of ISAAs to avoid delayed or derailed agreements.  

This Framework is not meant to cover every possible P/CRCL issue that may arise in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). Rather, it highlights common issues related to the acquisition, use, maintenance, and dissemination of personally identifiable information (PII), including “Protected Information,” by ISE mission partners.

This Framework is intended to be used as a resource by federal agencies and their employees who are participating or expecting to participate in the ISE and who have ISAA responsibilities, including parties responsible for oversight of an ISAA.  ISAA stakeholders are urged to begin identifying and working through the potential P/CRCL issues in the early stages of ISAA development.  By doing so, stakeholders will not only improve information sharing by minimizing delays in the development and implementation of ISAAs but also ensure that appropriate and robust P/CRCL safeguards are built into the ISAAs with federal ISE mission partners.

To supplement this Framework, the P/CL Subcommittee has developed a worksheet reflecting core P/CRCL protections.  This worksheet is appended to this Framework as Appendix D.