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Buzz Around the ISE

Every couple of weeks, we’ll recap a sampling of stories or events from the Information Sharing Environment and its stakeholders. Check back often!

D-Day & the Greatest Generation

As our President today commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the event recognized as the beginning of the end of World War II, the Office of the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment joins with our Nation in recognizing with awe and sincerest appreciation the sacrifice of our country’s greatest generation. 

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Integrating critical infrastructure equities into the Information Sharing Environment

The critical infrastructure landscape is extremely complex and diverse. Within the federal government, there are many organizations that play crucial roles in developing policy and sponsoring programs that enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure; DHS and FBI, for example. Outside of the federal government, both public entities and private sector companies own and operate critical infrastructure assets.

Connecting the big and small with Kshemendra Paul

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

By Scott Maucione, Fedscoop

On April 15, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people. Instantly, federal, state and local law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies needed to share information.

Video surveillance, text and call histories, social media data, photographs and other information were shared along various platforms to pin down the type of bombs used and pictures of two at-large suspects.

By the end of the week, police had captured one suspect and killed another in a shootout.

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The Twelfth Anniversary of September 11

This week is the 12th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This is a day of remembrance, as it should be. As this White House statement indicates, it is also an opportunity to take stock of our progress. As a nation, how have we continued to build on our successes and work across government to address the challenges that faced us then and now.

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ISE Annual Report Highlights 2013 Strategy, Progress, and Challenges

Last year was a big year for information sharing. This past spring, the Boston Marathon bombing was a cruel reminder of the importance of providing our law enforcement officials whatever they need to “connect the dots” and keep our cities and neighborhoods safe. More recently, our nation’s security was compromised because an insider disclosed classified information to the news media. These things remind us of the importance of strengthening information sharing and safeguarding together.

The Job of Protecting Security and Privacy

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

By Alexander W. Joel

Many Americans probably don't know that there is a senior official whose job by law is to help ensure that civil liberties and privacy protections are built into intelligence programs. I am that official - the "Civil Liberties Protection Officer." I engage with the director of national intelligence and other intelligence officials to oversee and guide intelligence activities.

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California Fusion Center Program Praised for Homeland Security in National Report

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The California State Threat Assessment System (STAS) - six fusion centers created in the aftermath of the information sharing failures leading to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks - organized and positioned to have the closest possible relationship with the city and county public safety personnel, local businesses, and most importantly California's citizens, was praised in a report, Majority Staff Report on the National Network of Fusion Centers, by the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, released last month.

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Fusion Center Staff in Boston and across the Country Tirelessly Support Boston Investigation

As President of the National Fusion Center Association, I want to tell the nation about the hard work that our fusion centers do every day to protect citizens across the United States. Usually in the background, the dedicated men and women who work in fusion centers are always ready to surge to support a crisis. Last week reminded us all of the continued threats and need for fusion centers.