Challenges Remaining for U.S. in Sharing Terrorism-Related Information

Challenges Remaining for U.S. in Sharing Terrorism-Related Information

A breakdown in information sharing was a major factor contributing to the failure to prevent the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since then, federal, state, and local governments have taken steps to improve sharing. This statement focuses on government efforts to (1) establish the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), a government-wide approach that facilitates the sharing of terrorism-related information; (2) support fusion centers, where states collaborate with federal agencies to improve sharing; (3) provide other support to state and local agencies to enhance sharing; and (4) strengthen use of the terrorist watchlist.

GAO´s analysis discloses that government continues to make progress in sharing terrorism-related information among its many security partners, but does not yet have a fully-functioning ISE in place.
GAO recommends that agencies take steps to develop an overall plan or roadmap to guide ISE implementation and establish measures to help gauge progress. These measures would help determine what information sharing capabilities have been accomplished and are left to develop, as well as what difference these capabilities have made to improve sharing and homeland security. Accomplishing these steps, as well as ensuring agencies have the necessary resources and leadership commitment, should help strengthen sharing

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d12144t.pdf

giovedì 13 ottobre 2011
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