DHS authorization bill: A mandate for info sharing

The Department of Homeland Security has had information sharing on its list of technology must-dos for some time, but it will become a mandate under a fiscal 2007 authorization bill recently passed by a House panel.

The Homeland Security Committee, in the bill it cleared July 19, called on the secretary of the DHS to establish 'a comprehensive information technology network architecture' to be run by the renamed Office of Intelligence and Analysis, currently the Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.

The new office would oversee coordination and intelligence sharing among the various intelligence agencies of the DHS, whose activities would be run by 'information sharing and knowledge officers.'

Any such network would, as much as possible, incorporate the approaches, features and functions of the Systemwide Homeland Security Analysis and Resource Exchange (SHARE) network proposed by the Markle Foundation several years ago, according to the bill.

A plan to implement the network would be due not later than a year after the enactment of the authorization measure.

Other measures included in the bill include establishing a national biosurveillance integration system (NBIS) to try and ensure early detection of any biological attack or other event that poses a risk to the U.S., and the formation of a grant program to train cybersecurity professionals that will be administered by the National Science Foundation.

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Brian Robinson is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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