OMB forming group to coordinate terrorist information sharing

CAMBRIDGE, Md.'The Office of Management and Budget, in response to an order from President Bush, is forming an interagency council to coordinate the sharing of terrorist information.

Clay Johnson, OMB's deputy director for management, will chair the new Information Systems Council. Karen Evans, OMB's administrator for e-government and IT, will be its executive director. Evans detailed plans for the new group today at the IRM Council 2004 conference.

Bush established the council in an executive order he signed late last month. The order, 'Strengthening the Sharing of Terrorism Information to Protect Americans,' included recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.

The council will include representatives from the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, and the CIA, FBI and National Counterterrorism Center.

Evans said OMB sent letters to the heads of the 10 agencies asking them to assign a representative to the council. 'We want a person who can help make decisions on what to types of systems to deploy and what guidelines to develop,' she said.

The order also requires the council to deliver a plan by January with milestones, identification of resources and funding.


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