U.S. Attorneys to target data sharing
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Nov 13, 2001
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To ease data sharing and cooperation among federal, state and local officials
in the fight against terrorism, Attorney General John Ashcroft on Nov. 13
directed the U.S. Attorneys to develop communications protocols and designate
chief information officers.
By Dec. 1, each U.S. Attorneys district must develop communications
protocols for sharing information with state and local officials who serve
on the districts' Anti-Terrorism Task Forces and with chiefs of police and
elected officials who may not be members of the task force in their district,
Also, each district will designate a CIO to serve on its Anti-Terrorism
Task Force. This person will consult with state and local officials on how
best to disseminate information within the district.
Ashcroft directed Sept. 17 each of the 94 U.S. Attorneys' offices to
establish Anti-Terrorism Task Forces that bring together federal, state
and local anti-terrorism officials. Task force coordinators will be responsible
for ensuring communication among these officials.
"Effective communication is vital because the task forces will be one
of the primary vehicles through which we call upon the assistance of our
state and local partners," Ashcroft said in prepared remarks. He was speaking
at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Anti-Terrorism Coordinators Conference
in Washington, D.C.
He also directed that $9.3 million be made available to support state
and local participation in the task forces. The money -- about $100,000
per task force -- could be used to buy such things as communications equipment
or to hire an intelligence analyst.