Agencies embrace information-sharing efforts, make effective progress

Tuesday - 9/18/2012, 3:34pm EDT

Kshemendra Paul, program manager, Information Sharing Environment

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Information sharing — between federal agencies, and across multiple layers of government — became an even more vital endeavor in the post-9/11 age.

Why Information Sharing was rated Effective
Reason #1: Agencies have benefited from adopting the National Information Exchange Model.

Reason #2: NIEM has ensured collaboration with local law enforcement and fusion centers.

Reason #3: The Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov) website serves as an online repository of "lessons learned, best practices and innovative ideas."

(More primary source material available on The Obama Impact Resource Page)

The 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act sought to institutionalize best practices for broader and more robust information sharing, while at the same maintaining efforts to protect classified data.

Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper once described the goal this way: Sharing "the right data, any time, any place, usable by any authorized recipient, preventable only by law or policy and not technology, and protected by a comprehensive regimen of accountability.

The Information Sharing Environment, headed by program manager, Kshemendra Paul, has helped to improve the coordination of information sharing. Under his watch, the National Information Exchange Model has worked to break down intelligence and information stovepipes.

Agencies embraced the spirit of the idea, made progress toward the administration's stated goals and the results have been apparent.

For those reasons, Federal News Radio is rating the Obama administration's information-sharing efforts as effective.

As part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, Federal News Radio examined 23 different ideas and initiatives instituted by the Obama Administration and ranked them as effective, ineffective and more progress needed.

More from the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years

Part 1: Evaluating the Obama administration's management initiatives

Part 2: Evaluating Obama's technology reforms

Part 3: Evaluating Obama's workforce initiatives

Part 4: Evaluating Obama's acquisition efforts

Part 5A: What would a second-term for President Obama mean for feds?

Part 5B: What would a Romney presidency mean for federal workers?