Report Card On Homeland Security Information Sharing, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 24, 2008   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Jane Harman: "Information sharing is a two-way street. While there has been some progress in breaking down information stovepipes at the Federal level and some promising efforts initiated by State and local leaders themselves, much work remains to be done. On September 11 of this year, Secretary Chertoff's Homeland Security Advisory Council made this clear in a report that assessed the top 10 challenges facing the next Secretary of Homeland Security. Among other things, the council, headed by William Webster, concluded that DHS must strengthen and continue to build partnerships with organizations outside DHS [Department of Homeland Security], such as State, local and tribal governments, as well as the private sector. [...] The report also cited concerns about the broken classification process and recommended that common standards be built for fusion centers and that funding be sustained. [...] These are concerns obviously shared by this subcommittee on a unanimous basis, and they are concerns which could impair connecting the dots in time to prevent the next attack. [...] Some enormously critical and necessary activity is under way, and our goal is to nurture and sustain it and to make sure that it does comply with privacy and civil liberties needs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jane Harman, David G. Reichert, Leroy D. Baca, Russell M. Porter, John McKay, Charles E. Allen, and Michael E. Leiter.

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Serial No. 110-141
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