Serial No. 107-182: Coordinated Information Sharing and Homeland Security Technology: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, June 7, 2002   [open pdf - 3MB]

After September 11th, there's been a sea change in the mission of government. The first priority of the Nation has become homeland security. To win this fight, the government must be able to detect and respond to terrorist activity. We also must be ready to manage the crisis and consequences of future attacks, to treat casualties, and to protect the functioning of critical infrastructures. Thus, defending America in the new war against terrorism will require every level of government to work together with citizens and the private sector. More than ever our success is dependent upon collecting, analyzing and appropriately sharing information that exists in data bases, transactions and other data points. Effective use of accurate information from divergent sources is critical to our success in this fight. Today's hearing continues the subcommittee's oversight of the barriers to robust information sharing, both within and between agencies. In February of this year, we reviewed some of the management initiatives and technology acquisitions needed to ensure that stovepipes of knowledge and a lack of coordination between agencies would not compromise homeland security. While new funding for procurement of products and services is certainly needed if the government is going to effectively modernize, share information and win the war against terrorism, we should also continually measure the results of the government's efforts. Statement prepared by: Jane Harman, Ronald Sugar, Leonard Pomata, Daniel Johnson, Kevin J. Fitzgerald, Randall Yim, Mark Forman, Robert J. Jordan, William F. Raub,

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