[ISN] Homeland info sharing advances

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Date: Wed Aug 21 2002 - 01:39:01 PDT

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    By Diane Frank 
    Aug. 20, 2002
    The Office of Homeland Security is moving forward with several
    initiatives to develop a homeland security information technology
    enterprise architecture that encompasses not only federal requirements
    but also the needs of state and local governments and the private
    Within the next month, the office will launch a Web site for people at
    all levels of the public and private sectors to access and share
    information on existing homeland security-related projects, best
    practices and centers of excellence, said Steve Cooper, senior
    director for information integration and chief information officer for
    the Office of Homeland Security. Cooper was speaking Aug. 19 at the
    Government Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security in
    The Office of Homeland Security is working on several pilot projects
    based on initiatives at the state and local levels, including a
    10-state coalition testing methods for sharing federal law enforcement
    information and intelligence with state law enforcement agencies,
    Cooper said. The more projects and practices that the government can
    find and build on, the more likely it is that change will occur, he
    "This Web site will enable us to begin to share and communicate what's
    going on," he said.
    In another effort to reach out to the state and local level, Office of
    Homeland Security officials met with the National Association of State
    Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) last week in Cincinnati to start
    working on state requirements for the enterprise architecture. In that
    first meeting, officials dealt with the basic questions of definitions
    and the approach that should be taken, Cooper said.
    Because local-level officials are dispersed, homeland security
    officials are still trying to figure out the best way to contact them
    and keep in touch, he said.
    "It is imperative that we all participate and that we get this
    enterprise architecture right," Cooper said. "We have got to hear from
    The Office of Homeland Security has also chartered three CIO working
    groups at the federal level, looking at the architecture needs for
    border security, emergency response, and chemical, biological,
    radiological and nuclear hazards. These working groups align with the
    areas outlined in the Bush administration's proposed structure for the
    proposed Homeland Security Department, Cooper said.
    The working groups pull together the CIOs from the agencies involved
    in each of these efforts, and other working groups will be assembled
    as they are needed, he said.
    The Defense Department and the intelligence community are already
    talking with the Office of Homeland Security about the possibility of
    setting up another working group for intelligence information, said
    Roseanne Hynes, senior executive of DOD's homeland security task
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