ISE Profile and Architecture Implementation Strategy v1.0

Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment
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Section 1016 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 20042 requires the President to establish an Information Sharing Environment (ISE), “for the sharing of terrorism information in a manner consistent with national security and with applicable legal standards relating to privacy and civil liberties.” Executive Order (EO) 13388, issued on October 25, 20053, requires that “to the maximum extent consistent with applicable law, agencies shall, in the design and use of information system(s) and in the dissemination of information among agencies (a) give the highest priority to (i) the detection, prevention, disruption, preemption, and mitigation of the effects of terrorist activities against the territory, people, and interests of the United States of America; (ii) the interchange of terrorism information among agencies, (iii) the interchange of terrorism information between agencies and appropriate authorities of State, local, and tribal (SLT) governments and between agencies and appropriate private sector entities; and (iv) the protection of the ability of agencies to acquire additional such information; and (b) protect the freedom, information privacy, and other legal rights of Americans.”

On December 16, 2005, the President issued a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the Guidelines and Requirements in Support of the Information Sharing Environment that included requirements to develop a common framework for the sharing of information between and among Executive departments and agencies and State, local and tribal governments, law enforcement agencies, and the private sector and define common standards for the way information is acquired, accessed, shared, and used within the ISE.

To comply with legislative and Presidential direction, this ISE architectural approach builds upon processes affecting existing systems throughout the ISE, addresses terrorism-related information sharing across multiple levels of security and protection levels, and incorporates mechanisms for protecting privacy and civil liberties. The Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), introduced the ISE architecture and standards program, a cross-community, institutional approach for helping ISE participants adjust, plan, install, and operate current and future information resources that form the infrastructure fabric of the ISE. A business process-driven ISE Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF) and this companion document, the ISE Profile and Architecture Implementation Strategy (PAIS), are used to implement the ISE across Federal information resources, consistent with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) FEA Framework guidelines. Furthermore, this approach defines processes for connecting information resources of SLT governments, the private sector, and foreign partners and integrates the diverse landscape of existing policies and management processes across the Federal Government. A fully functional ISE requires the development of information sharing relationships and the transformation of culture and institutions supported by the construction, integration, and sustained operations of terrorism-related information sharing systems, processes, networks, services, and other resources across the Nation.

(Executive Summary)