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Terrorism-Related Information Sharing

Acts of terrorism on U.S. soil underscore the importance of the government's continued need to ensure that information on potential terrorist threats is shared in an effective and timely manner.

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Federal agencies have made significant progress with terrorism-related information sharing—including establishing leadership structures, identifying technology and services that can be shared collaboratively, implementing strategies/plans, and measuring results. Consequently, this area was removed from the High Risk List in 2017.

Following the terrorist attacks of 2001, Congress and the executive branch took numerous actions aimed explicitly at establishing a range of new measures to strengthen the nation’s ability to identify, detect, and deter terrorism-related activities. For example, the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) was established in accordance with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Intelligence Reform Act), as amended, to facilitate the sharing of terrorism-related information. Figure 1 depicts the relationship between the various stakeholders and disciplines involved with the sharing and safeguarding of terrorism-related information through the ISE.

Figure 1: Elements of the Information Sharing Environment
Elements of the Information Sharing Environment

The Program Manager for the ISE (Program Manager) and key departments and agencies have made significant progress improving how intelligence on terrorism, homeland security, and law enforcement, as well as other information (collectively referred to as terrorism-related information) is shared among federal, state, local, tribal, international, and private sector partners.

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