OMB's Paul to lead information sharing environment

Friday - 5/28/2010, 7:06am EDT

Kshemendra Paul (WFED file photo)
By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

The White House yesterday named Kshemendra Paul as the new Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment.

An administration official confirmed that Paul will replace Thomas McNamara, who retired from the position in July 2009.

Paul moves to the new position after spending the last three years as the chief architect of the Office of Management and Budget.

"He brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing governmentwide information technology systems, standards and architectures," the official says. "Further, he has been intimately involved in the ongoing activities of the PM-ISE for some time through his close work with the President's National Security staff. Finally, he has an extensive relationships and track record working with state and local stakeholders on information sharing standards and architecture."

As the PM-ISE, Paul will work in the Office of the Director for National Intelligence, and will be the co-chairman of interagency meetings with the National Security staff, to better align and integrate the office of the PM-ISE with the White House.

Paul will be responsible for developing standards, policies and processes to improve how the federal government shares terrorist information with state and local law enforcement agencies.

"The efforts of the PM-ISE will be refocused on the information technology vision identified in [the Intelligence Reform Act] ," the official says. "Top priorities include not only short-term solutions, such as interoperability of multiple government networks, but also working with the intelligence community, law enforcement and homeland security communities to develop a long-term strategic vision."

Paul takes over for Susan Reingold, who has been acting since McNamara retired. Reingold has been the deputy program manager since 2005.

Throughout his career, Paul has been involved in law enforcement and information sharing efforts.

Paul also has for the past two years led the Standards and Architecture Interagency Policy subcommittee, under the White House's Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA-IPC).

The ISA-IPC is responsible for improving information sharing to enhance the national security of the country.

Paul supports initiatives to improve interoperability across networks and databases used by law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence employees.

Before coming to OMB, he also worked as the chief architect at the Justice Department, where he led the development and initial adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) across the national public safety, law enforcement, and homeland security sectors.

He also kept working on NIEM by identifying, integrating and sharing best practices with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for its use in electronic health records. Recently, 11 agencies committed to adopting NIEM and six others are seriously considering it.

Paul also has played key roles in the development of Data.gov, Recovery.gov and the federal move to IP version 6.

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