Leaders in the technology industry and government gathered Nov. 6 at the Red Hat Government Symposium, hosted by FedScoop, to discuss the future of open source in open data, security and other issues. ... Kshemendra Paul, program manager of the information sharing department at the Office of National Intelligence, discussed using open source for implementing policy. Paul’s work with the National Information Exchange Model helped federal, state, local, tribal and private entities share important emergency information.
ISE in the News
Now that law enforcement agencies are sharing information more easily, it’s time to mine that data for critical insights.
The massive quantities of data that agencies collect is getting bigger every minute, piling into mountains of information. Law enforcement agencies— throughout the federal, state and local levels — are compiling data constantly, but these mountains are useful only if agencies share and apply data effectively.
President Obama appointed Kshemendra Paul as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), and Mr. Paul assumed the position on July 6, 2010. The Program Manager has government-wide authority to plan, oversee the build-out, and manage use of the ISE. The Program Manager also co-chairs the White House's Information Sharing and Access Inter-agency Policy Committee (ISA- IPC).
Acknowledging that much of the intelligence and law enforcement communities, as well as the wider federal government structure, often have a stovepiped IT model, Paul said that common data identity and protection standards are key priorities for him and the ISE.
It has traveled a long, difficult road, but the Homeland Security Information Network is getting into place.
HSIN is the primary platform for sharing sensitive but unclassified information among the Homeland Security Department and other federal, state and local agencies as well as the private sector. It is a secure Web portal with collaboration tools to enable real-time communication and managed access to data hosted at DHS data centers.
By Wyatt Kash
As organizers of the Boston Marathon prepared for last April's race, federal, state and local emergency and law enforcement officials were busy putting another set of preparations in place.
When the Boston Marathon bombers were identified, tracked down and caught within days, a lot of credit went to interagency information sharing. That incident is one of the accomplishments outlined in the 2013 report to Congress from the Information Sharing Environment. But the report found, agencies still have some work to do when it comes to network security. Program Manager Kshmendra Paul described the highlights of the ISE report.
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.
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.
Information superiority is critical to our nation's future, particularly in the realms of defense and homeland security. But beyond access to more types of information than one's adversary, that superiority also requires the ability to process that information faster and more efficiently.
America's information capital is vast. Yet technological obstacles and territorial mind-sets at agencies thwart efforts to bring to bear the full power of all the information residing in federal databases.