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By Eric Schmitt

WASHINGTON — The White House plans to issue an executive order on Friday to replace a flawed patchwork of computer security safeguards exposed by the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks last year.

The order by President Obama culminates a seven-month governmentwide review of policies and procedures involving the handling of classified information, and recommendations on how to reduce the risk of breaches.

From The New York Times, 10/07/2011

During the past year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office expanded the breadth of its privacy and FOIA-related initiatives throughout the department, the federal community and with international partners, according to an annual report issued by DHS’s Chief Privacy and Freedom of Information Act Officer, Mary Ellen Callahan.

From Homeland Security Today, 09/30/2011

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The Agriculture Department has a standard language to share information about orange juice production. The Homeland Security Department is developing a lexicon for cybersecurity.

Both of these agencies, along with several others, are using the same tool to create their common vocabulary to make information sharing easier.

From Federal News Radio, 09/23/2011

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the most important change in fighting terrorism over the past 10 years has been a new cooperation between the intelligence and law-enforcement communities. The cooperation is a result of the Patriot Act.

From WBEZ, 09/14/2011

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To understand how the government overcame one of the biggest failures of 9/11, look no further than the Terrorist Screening Center.

Over the last five years, the number of positive hits against the terrorist watchlist has increased significantly.

Kshemendra Paul, the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, said the center receives about 150 calls a day from law enforcement officials asking about suspicious persons.

From Federal News Radio, 09/16/2011

All of us who are old enough remember exactly where we were on September 11, 2001, at the moment we first learned that terrorists had taken control of commercial jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pa.

On that day, our lives, our country, and our world fundamentally changed.

From USA Today, 09/09/2011

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

It's no longer about 'need to know.' Our guiding principle is 'responsibility to share.'

It has been a decade since our nation suffered the greatest strategic surprise on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the aftermath of September 11, as the country sought to understand how such a complex attack could go undetected, much attention was focused on the intelligence community. Pundits, scholars, commentators and others quickly labeled 9/11 an intelligence failure.

From Wall Street Journal, 09/07/2011

By Zoe Baird Budinger and Jeffrey H. Smith

At a time when government seems unable to address our most pressing problems, we are about to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with rare evidence that Washington can work.

In the decade since 9/11, our government has answered the threat of terrorism by transforming itself in important ways. Much more remains to be done, but there is real progress to acknowledge and lessons that can be applied to other national security threats, such as economic security and cybersecurity.

From Washington Post, 08/30/2011

Late last month the FBI completed work on its newest information sharing database that will allow local, state, regional, and other law enforcement agencies across the United States to pool information; with the National Data Exchange (N-Dex), local investigators can now pull up records like incident reports, criminal incarceration records, and similar investigations from across the United States.

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From Homeland Security Newswire, 08/10/2011

Protecting the systems and processes Federal, State, and local entities use to exchange information may seem to be a trade-off in terms of effective sharing, in which more security and privacy would appear to restrict the free flow of information; yet in the long term, data protection is a key enabler for the ISE.

From The Center for the Business of Government, 08/09/2011