As a means of monitoring and advancing the priority actions identified during the 2015 Addressing the Challenges of a Robust State and Regional Information Sharing Environment: A Summit of State Policy Leaders, an Implementation Working Group (IWG) was established. IWG members include representatives from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), and the IJIS Institute and are supported by the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE).

The following is a summary of the Priorities for Action identified during the summit and the progress to date on each:

1. Create a collaboration environment for states and regions to access when developing an ISE. This environment should include the establishment of a solutions library, identifying the different ISE types; identification of best practices; inclusion of a directory of subject-matter experts; and the sharing of ISE-related artifacts.

Progress to Date:

  • Requirements for a collaboration site were compiled by the IWG’s Collaboration Site Task Team.
  • The Collaboration Site Task Team examined a proposed SharePoint site hosted by the Regional Information Sharing Systems® (RISS). The results of the discussion and the requirements were reviewed and agreed upon by the IWG.
  • Implementation of the Collaboration Site will proceed during spring 2016.
  • An overview of the Collaboration Site is being developed, as well as a site submission form, designed to assist agencies’ understanding of the site.

2. Coordinate federal agency efforts related to information sharing, institutionalizing state, local, and tribal feedback into programs that have state and regional implications.

Progress to Date:

  • The PM-ISE has refreshed and strengthened the Information Sharing Council (ISC), focusing the council on improving collaboration with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.
  • During the January 2016 meeting of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Quillian Yates discussed the value and importance of the CICC and its membership. Ms. Yates affirmed that CICC meetings provide an opportunity for federal partners to listen to and participate in a dialogue with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners to learn about and better understand issues affecting them and their agencies and organizations. Leading up to this meeting, DAG Yates authored a letter to the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) documenting DOJ’s support for the CICC and encouraging leaders at the highest levels to attend. The White House National Security Council staff attended and is hosting the June 21, 2016 CICC meeting.
  • The CICC adopted its priorities for 2016–17, and a major theme throughout the priorities was interagency coordination and collaboration.
  • The CICC enhanced its membership to formally include federal partners, including the PM-ISE, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), as members of the CICC. In addition, the federal members have agreed to speak as one voice on topics being addressed by the CICC, enhancing collaboration and partnerships between federal agencies and state, local, and tribal counterparts.

3. Develop rules for secondary use of data, addressing data stewardship and building trust between entities.

Progress to Date:

  • DHS is working in partnership with the CICC to establish a task team to create a road map and guidance document focused on improved information dissemination among Federal and SLTT law enforcement partners. The CICC will serve in a coordination role for this effort, assisting DHS and the task team in the reviewing and vetting of the resource.

4. Explore the boundaries of the enterprise, expanding beyond the criminal justice domain (including other public safety entities, such as health and human services).

Progress to Date:

  • The IWG will host a focus group consisting of appropriate stakeholders to further explore this issue. This is currently planned for June 2016.

5. Develop outreach and education resources defining ISEs and focusing on executive leadership and policymakers. Resources should define ISEs, addressing their scope and the importance of prioritizing ISEs in information sharing efforts.

Progress to Date: To be determined

6. Create consistent security and control classification of information.

Progress to Date:

  • DHS, FBI, and ODNI are collaborating on a CICC priority toward clarification and guidance on federal security clearance processes aimed at educating and improving intelligence sharing with SLTT partners.

7. Engage executive leadership (for all partners) to ensure effective governance and sponsorship.

Progress to Date:

  • The IWG is partnering with the National Governors Association (NGA) to develop an activity that will engage a new set of state ISE leaders to utilize the successful experiences of summit participants. Still in the planning stage, this should occur in the fall of 2016. This collaboration will support enhanced partnerships with state leaders, increasing opportunities and support for information sharing.

8. Improve procurement practices to enhance the development of ISEs. These practices should address interoperability and infrastructure consistency and be standards-based.

Progress to Date:

  • The IJIS Institute has established a Standards Based Procurement Advisory Committee to address issues specific to how government and private industry can more effectively collaborate to drive innovation and fuel change in the procurement process via standards. The committee operates with the understanding that standards provide a basis for addressing business requirements, such as interoperability, information sharing, security, reuse, and portability. Through this committee, IJIS is working with public sector partners to drive change that is beneficial for all while improving the understanding of how standards adoption can inform and improve the IT procurement landscape. The committee:
  • Advocates for procurement reform with a focus on standards-based acquisition and works very closely with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) to ensure an alignment of efforts while reducing the potential for duplicative efforts between the public and private sector organizations.
  • Has taken a discipline-focused approach to standards-based procurement and is considering how standards can best be applied in various domains and subject areas (courts, corrections, computer-aided dispatch [CAD], records management system [RMS], etc.). The committee’s primary objectives are to examine the role that information sharing standards play in improving procurement practices and determine how they should be articulated in the procurement process and procurement vehicles.
  • Is working to develop a catalogue of prevailing practices to identify promising and effective approaches to procurement and standards usage on a domain-by-domain and discipline-by-discipline basis.
  • Will be working more readily to engage with Information Sharing Initiative as an opportunity to ensure that standards, terms, tools, and techniques can be more effectively codified and shared in order to drive interoperability supported by standards adoption and use.

9. Clarify roles and responsibilities on cyber-related information.

Progress to Date:

  • In March 2016, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (GLOBAL) released A Call to Action: Equipping Law Enforcement With the Tools to Investigate Cybercrime. The document identifies resources and training opportunities for law enforcement and other public safety partners.
  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is supporting the CICC and its efforts in developing and coordinating additional cyber-related resources. These resources will be designed to provide guidance to ensure that SLTT agencies understand criminal activity and implications and protect their respective agencies and personnel against attacks. This effort will initially focus on outreach of partner-produced cyber resources. As a part of this effort, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), in collaboration with BJA and the CICC, will assess intelligence and information collection and sharing of cyber resources to the field to identify best practices, gaps, and needs of the field. Membership of a task team has been identified, and the kickoff call took place March 30, 2016.
  • ASCIA, with PM-ISE support, convened a Cybercrime Working Group in April 2016 and are working to define the roles of state and local law enforcement in cybercrime investigations.

10. Engage national professional associations to spotlight ISE-related efforts in 2016.

Progress to Date:

  • The IWG is committed to engaging and communicating with law enforcement, homeland security, and other justice organizations to enhance understanding and the importance of the development of ISEs.
  • ASCIA has established an information sharing working group that includes representation from the IWG.
  • The NCJA has established an information sharing committee that includes representation from the IWG.

For questions or additional information on the priority areas and progress to date, please e-mail Dave Steingraber, dsteingraber@ncja.org.

News Source: 

Program Manager – Information Sharing Environment Blog, 7 June 2016