Policy & Strategy

How We Work

The mission of the Policy Division in the Office of the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Policy and Strategy (OADNI/P&S) is to manage a unified, effective, and accountable policy process, based on a philosophy of communication, integration, and collaboration, to advance the transformation of the Intelligence Community (IC).

The Policy Division is charged with developing, coordinating, and maintaining policy for the IC. The Division seeks to establish an integrated and transformed IC through the promulgation of enduring policies that address executive direction, legislative requirements, and IC priorities.

IC policy is designed to strengthen the ability of the DNI to lead the IC as a unified enterprise, emphasize intelligence integration as the consistent organizing principle, and enable each IC agency to perform its missions and functions.

The Policy Division establishes a work plan with inputs from ODNI and IC leadership. By working closely with both ODNI and IC stakeholders, the Policy Division develops policies through a deliberate, collaborative, and iterative process.  As law, national direction, and requirements change, the Policy Division reviews and revises policy as appropriate to maintain relevancy and currency.


IC Policy

Mission and Vision

We specialize in managing and facilitating methods to promote joint endeavors within and across the community and military.

Our mission is to lead and facilitate effective oversight and management of programs and related activities to enhance integration through risk-managed information sharing and safeguarding.  Our vision is to be recognized as the leading experts for ensuring efficient and effective information sharing and safeguarding to meet mission needs.

Key Principles

We value objectivity and transparency in our processes and communication as we execute our mission in collaboration with our internal and external customers. The core priorities representing our culture are:

Steadfast adherence to doing what is right through consistency of actions, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes.

Expertise: Widely recognized as a reliable, credible source for all program-related issues.

Customer-focused: Serving customers’ needs by understanding their equities and working for a “win-win”, or at a minimum, an acceptable compromise. “No surprises.”

Diplomacy: Skill of dealing effectively with people in a positive manner, employing the art and practice of conducting effective negotiations in the presence of opposing views.



Lead the development and execution of an Intelligence Community plan to improve responsible and secure information sharing across the IC and with external partners and customers

In 2013, Ms. Tricia Wellman was appointed as the Intelligence Community Information Sharing and Safeguarding Executive (IC ISSE). In that capacity she serves as the Director of National Intelligence's (DNI) senior accountable officer providing oversight and program management for all Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and Intelligence Community (IC) information sharing and safeguarding efforts. The IC's efforts to optimize the sharing of information are enabled by maximizing and integrating our sharing and protection capabilities, strengthening our governance framework to address legal and policy challenges, and promoting a culture of responsible information sharing. Ms. Wellman concurrently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director of National intelligence for Policy and Strategy.

The IC ISE coordinates activities within the ODNI and across all IC elements to prioritize, harmonize, and accelerate information sharing initiatives. In addition to the IC ISE's broad information sharing mandate for the IC, the IC ISE collaborates very closely with the Program Manager - Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) to provide a holistic approach to information sharing across the U.S. Government.


  • Defining appropriate mechanisms for developing information sharing relationships.
  • Enhancing capabilities to correlate and disambiguate large volumes of information.
  • Enhancing capabilities to easily and quickly search and access all information for which a user is authorized.
  • Implementing a standard trusted identity and access management capability.
  • Deploying phased enhancements to processes and technology tools to actively track user activities, trigger suspicious trends, and provide continuous assurance that data remains accessible and protected.
  • Incorporating information sharing material into new and existing training and other relevant programs.


Policy and Strategy covers five divisions: Information Sharing ans Safeguarding (ISSE), Policy, Strategy, Controlled Access Program Management Division (CAP MD), and Special Programs. P&S develops unified IC policies and strategic plans, and frames the Intelligence Community's information sharing process.

Click on the links in the right sidebar to learn more about the ISSE, CAP MD and the Policy Division.


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