Legal and Policy Approach for Responsible Information Sharing: The Role of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE)   [open pdf - 364KB]

"Responsible information sharing requires policy mechanisms and legal authorities that encourage sharing, with appropriate safeguards, as well as a proven way to resolve legal and policy issues that may impede such sharing. The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) offers a successful legal and policy approach for information sharing and safeguarding. That model could be adopted and used to support the Administration's broader information sharing goals. Information sharing and safeguarding challenges exist at all levels of government -- federal, state, local, tribal -- with our international partners, and in the private sector. Under the IRTPA, the role of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) is to facilitate progress to resolve these challenges within the scope of the ISE -- i.e., to facilitate responsible information sharing to combat the threats of terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and to promote homeland security. PM-ISE has at its disposal a set of foundational legal authorities, contained in section 1016 of IRTPA. Using these authorities, PM-ISE has worked with an array of stakeholders to implement privacy guidelines, to help establish a national network of state-run fusion centers, to design and implement a system for sharing suspicious activity reports (SARs) with protections for privacy and civil liberties, and to use the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to facilitate responsible information sharing."

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