Homeland info sharing advances
- By Diane Frank
- Aug 20, 2002
The Office of Homeland Security is moving forward with several initiatives
to develop a homeland security information technology enterprise architecture
that encompasses not only federal requirements but also the needs of state
and local governments and the private sector.
Within the next month, the office will launch a Web site for people
at all levels of the public and private sectors to access and share information
on existing homeland security-related projects, best practices and centers
of excellence, said Steve Cooper, senior director for information integration
and chief information officer for the Office of Homeland Security. Cooper
was speaking Aug. 19 at the Government Symposium on Information Sharing
and Homeland Security in Philadelphia.
The Office of Homeland Security is working on several pilot projects
based on initiatives at the state and local levels, including a 10-state
coalition testing methods for sharing federal law enforcement information
and intelligence with state law enforcement agencies, Cooper said. The more
projects and practices that the government can find and build on, the more
likely it is that change will occur, he said.
"This Web site will enable us to begin to share and communicate what's
going on," he said.
In another effort to reach out to the state and local level, Office
of Homeland Security officials met with the National Association of State
Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) last week in Cincinnati to start working
on state requirements for the enterprise architecture. In that first meeting,
officials dealt with the basic questions of definitions and the approach
that should be taken, Cooper said.
Because local-level officials are dispersed, homeland security officials
are still trying to figure out the best way to contact them and keep in
touch, he said.
"It is imperative that we all participate and that we get this enterprise
architecture right," Cooper said. "We have got to hear from everybody."
The Office of Homeland Security has also chartered three CIO working
groups at the federal level, looking at the architecture needs for border
security, emergency response, and chemical, biological, radiological and
nuclear hazards. These working groups align with the areas outlined in the
Bush administration's proposed structure for the proposed Homeland Security
Department, Cooper said.
The working groups pull together the CIOs from the agencies involved
in each of these efforts, and other working groups will be assembled as
they are needed, he said.
The Defense Department and the intelligence community are already talking
with the Office of Homeland Security about the possibility of setting up
another working group for intelligence information, said Roseanne Hynes,
senior executive of DOD's homeland security task force.