Info sharing has many hurdles, DHS exec says

A lack of clear strategies and concepts of operation is holding up progress on information sharing, Martin Smith, director of information sharing for the Homeland Security Department's CIO Office, writes in a new report.

Smith's commentary, 'Ten Barriers to Information Sharing,' is included in a two-part report on information sharing'from government and public safety perspectives'published late last month by the National Association of State CIOs. The report is available at www.nascio.org.

'Before making major IT investments, we need an overall strategy or concept of operations that describes how individual projects will fit into a consistent process framework and how that framework supports a strategic goal,' Smith wrote. 'We cannot hold up all investment until we have re-engineered every process, but we should make it a priority to invest in defining and documenting processes critical to homeland security.'

Smith said homeland security agencies are struggling with defining a balance between sharing too much and too little information.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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