Counterterrorism: Action Needed to Further Develop the Information Sharing Environment

Federal agencies have started projects to improve how they share terrorism-related information with the intelligence community and other public and private partners. However, there hasn’t been a Program Manager to review or assess the impact of these projects since 2017. As a result, it’s unclear if these programs are meeting the priority objectives set in the national information-sharing strategy.

Conflicting changes to the law have recently made it difficult to select a new Program Manager. Our recommendations would help ensure that the position is filled and agency progress is assessed.

The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) is a framework to improve terrorism-related information sharing among federal and non-federal partners (i.e., Tribal, state, local, territorial, and private sector partners) through policy guidelines, common standards, and technologies. In 2013, federal officials developed an implementation plan that identified 16 priority objectives (e.g., develop baseline sharing capabilities) needed to implement the framework. As of 2017, federal agencies—including the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Justice (DOJ)—had completed all but three of the 16 priority objectives.

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