Elaine Cummins

Friday - 3/2/2012, 3:45pm EST

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Chief Information Sharing Officer
Senior Intelligence Officer for Information Sharing


Elaine Cummins currently serves as the FBI Chief Information Sharing Officer (CISO). She leads the planning and coordination of all FBI information sharing activities under the auspices of the FBI Information Sharing Policy Board (ISPB). In addition to internal FBI intelligence and information sharing initiatives, she coordinates and represents the FBI with numerous law enforcement and intelligence community policy and oversight organizations. These groups include the Global Justice Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence CIO Information Sharing Steering Committee (ISSC), and the National Security Council Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA IPC).

Most recently, Dr. Cummins was named the FBI Senior Official to be charged with overseeing classified information sharing and safeguarding, a designation required under Executive Order 13587, the "Structural Reforms" directive regarding how the federal government should reinforce responsible information sharing. She served on the White House Committee that drafted the Order.

Elaine served as co-chair of the Presidential Guideline 2 Implementation Team, tasked with establishing the Interagency Threat Assessment Coordinating Group (ITACG). The ITACG is designed to facilitate coordinated federal terrorism intelligence products for dissemination to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, as directed by the Guideline. Additional information sharing undertakings include planning, organizing, and coordinating the FBI preparation for implementing the Fusion Center Network, National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), and other Guideline 2 initiatives.

She also led the Department of Justice Federal Crime Reporting Working Group, which coordinated several components' decisions regarding the sharing of their law enforcement information; coordination of the FBI response to the Global Justice Fusion Center Guidelines; development of the FBI Foreign Disclosure policy; as well as other various information sharing initiatives.

As an agent for change, Dr. Cummins has been a leader in focusing FBI efforts toward the mandated position of assuming a "responsibility to provide" law enforcement and intelligence information to any appropriate entity, including federal government agencies; state, local, tribal authorities; and the private sector. She has presented information sharing sessions to various audiences including the Counterterrorism Leadership Forum at the FBI National Academy and the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC); the National Defense University; and the National Defense Intelligence College.

Dr. Cummins received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from American University, Washington DC in 2000. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the nationally recognized Public Administration graduate honor society. She recently was featured in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi alumnus journal in an article titled "Catching the Bad Guys in the Information Age."