Previous efforts to quantitatively track performance across the ISE have been fraught with difficulty given the size, scope, and diversity of various programs and initiatives undertaken by ISE mission partners. PM-ISE uses mission stories to track ISE mission progress and causal program outcomes across the breadth of ISE work. Within this framework and in lieu of previous quantitative metrics reporting, PM-ISE also uses the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High Risk List objectives and NSISS SIP milestones to show incremental success toward ISE objectives across the ISE community.


GAO High Risk List 2015 Objectives


The establishment of the ISE and the management of terrorism-related information sharing has been on GAO’s High Risk List since 2005. The High Risk List designates serious weakness areas that involve substantial resources and provide critical services to the public[1]. The timely, relevant, and useful dissemination of terrorism-related information represents a critical service to supporting national security. In 2015, the GAO wrote updated recommendations based on PM-ISE’s decade of work toward information sharing, and these recommendation can serve as additional qualitative metrics for implementation of ISE services and management. The GAO’s objectives for the ISE include:


  • Action planning: Implementing information interoperability across the ISE and execution of key architecture-related tasks described in the implementation plan
  • Monitoring: Developing metrics that measure actions accomplished and tangible results achieved within individual departments and agencies as well as across the ISE
  • Demonstrated progress: Demonstrating that established time frames and milestones are being used to track progress of the objectives in the implementation plan[2]

Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) Milestones


The 2012 National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS) calls for collaboration among federal, state, local, and tribal partners as well as the private sector and foreign partners to promote secure and responsible information sharing. The strategy focuses on five goals:


  • Drive collective action through collaboration and accountability
  • Improve information discovery and access through common standards
  • Optimize mission effectiveness through shared services and interoperability
  • Strengthen information safeguarding through structural reform, policy, and technical solutions
  • Protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties through consistency and compliance[3]

From this directive, PM-ISE has developed a Strategic Implementation Plan that breaks these five goals into priority objectives and milestones to complete the goals set forth in the NSISS. PM-ISE is on track to complete final priority objectives or transfer ownership to other ISE stewards by the end of FY16 and mission stories should reflect this upon closeout of the SIP when they are tied to PM-ISE or ISE projects and portfolios.



[1] High Risk Series: An Update. GAO-15-290. Washington, D.C.: Feb. 1, 2015. Page 4.


[2] Ibid Page 233


[3] National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. Washington, D.C.: Dec 1, 2015. Page 1-2.