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PM-ISE Report to Congress Includes SCC and Project Interoperability

Posted By Ashwini Jarral, Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) recently provided their annual report to Congress, providing a progress report for the Information Sharing Environments (ISE) across all mission areas and highlighting key accomplishments of partners across federal, state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and internationally.

In their report, the IJIS Institute-led Project Interoperability and Standards Coordinating Council get an important mention:

“The ISE is enhancing and advancing the core frameworks developed, refined, and tested through more than a decade of terrorism-related information sharing. The focal point for this line of work is Project Interoperability, which distills, advances, and packages for easier use core ISE information interoperability frameworks, standards, and architectures. Examples include previously noted progress with data standards and semantic interoperability leveraging the National Information Exchange Model and efforts sponsored under the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the Federal Chief Information Officers Council, and the National Association State CIOs to advance modern multi-factor identity authentication and attribute-based access control.    These efforts are coordinated via the Standards Coordinating Council (SCC), an advisory group that is aligning these frameworks with the mainstream of international voluntary consensus standards and best practices. Standards-based and shared approaches are an absolute requirement given that the vast majority of targeted agencies are small and lack capacity to participate in the ISE any other way. For example, 90% of the approximate 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the Nation have 50 or fewer sworn officers. PM-ISE sees its goal of aligning public and private efforts as the best and only sustainable way to scale adoption and use of Project Interoperability as key support for scaling the ISE, and expects to see clear, credible, and transparent evidence of Project Interoperability in the domestic architecture efforts described above, augmented by other domain awareness and terrorism-related efforts.”

The release from PM-ISE about the report notes the following:

“The importance of the information sharing environment is clear – U.S. national security and public safety rely upon responsible information sharing that also builds in protection for privacy and civil liberties. Collaboration between all ISE stakeholders is essential to create and sustain a successful ISE. The ISE has demonstrated the power of their capability to share information responsibly across jurisdictional boundaries and disciplines, showing the maturity of the Nation’s capabilities to share information. However, information sharing is a journey, not a destination. Mission requirements evolve, and there are constant challenges in utilizing technology and assuring the appropriate use of vast amounts of information, further complicated by competing priorities. The stage is set for scaling and sustained maturation of the ISE as partners continue to respond to a constantly changing threat environment.”

The IJIS Institute is proud of the accomplishments of Project Interoperability and the Standards Coordinating Council and how that work is contributing to the information sharing journey. I want to offer my thanks for all those IJIS Institute Member companies that have participated with the Institute on these important projects.

See the full PM-ISE report at https://www.ise.gov/annual-report/ise-annual-report-congress-2015. Find out more about the Standards Coordinating Council and Project Interoperability at www.standardscoordination.org.

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