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Additional Resources

The FISMA requires each Federal agency to develop, document, and implement an agency-wide information security program to provide information security for the information and information systems that support the operations and assets of the agency. FISMA includes the development of mandatory information security risk management standards.


This Circular directs all federal agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in lieu of government-unique standards in their procurement and regulatory activities, except where inconsistent with law or otherwise impractical. The policies in this Circular are intended to reduce to a minimum the reliance by agencies on government-unique standards.

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The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) established the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) and granted it the authority to plan, oversee, and manage the Information Sharing Environment. PM-ISE is located within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Partner Engagement office. PM-ISE has government-wide authority granted by the Congress to serve as a trusted broker facilitating the development of a network-centric ISE by promoting standards and architecture, security and access, and associated privacy protections.


PM-ISE leverages information sharing capabilities to focus on terrorism-related information sharing, homeland security, and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction missions. As a change agent and advocate for sharing of best practices, PM-ISE uses several tools to initiate transformation across all levels of government to include:


  • Providing information sharing subject matter expertise
  • Facilitating automated sharing of terrorism-related information through the Information Sharing Council (chaired by the Program Manager)
  • Working with national leadership via stakeholder engagement with mission partners
  • Encouraging co-investment of seed capital with mission partners in priority early stage activities via Economy Act transactions to bridge the budgeting cycle and accelerate ISE progress
  • Bringing together mission partners to identify and address common mission requirements and goals


PM-ISE develops initiatives in full partnership with mission owners. As business processes, supporting policies, and technical solutions are developed and deployed, PM-ISE assists partners to identify, promote, and spread best practices and, where possible, influence resource allocation decisions to ensure the institutionalization and potential reuse of mission partner capabilities. Seeding new initiatives or transforming existing capabilities is challenging, particularly when government funding constraints and long-lead times make budgeting for new initiatives difficult. PM-ISE has the ability to augment budgetary gaps that prevent an organization from achieving its goals of effective information sharing.


PM-ISE is unique in that it possesses the mandate and the necessary tools to empower, oversee, and advance the ISE. Thanks to our many successful partnerships, the ISE continues grow, making a significant contribution to the safety and security of the American people.

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States began a historic transformation aimed at preventing future attacks by improving the ability to share terrorism-related information. Improved intelligence collection and analysis have helped paint a more complete picture of the threat, while enhanced information sharing has provided us a greater capacity for coordinated and integrated action.

The ISE cannot be built nor will it deliver required capabilities without standards-based innovation.  Innovation will result in faster delivery of more cost effective solutions; greater agility in the face of evolving threats through reuse and the ability to identify new requirements and form dynamic networks across mission partners; and the ability to reduce redundancy and unnecessary complexity that drives costs, slows progress, and only aids those that would do us harm.


HSIN Videos

Homeland Security Information Network users explain how the trusted network supports their homeland security mission operations to share sensitive but unclassified information.

ISE Training

Core Awareness Training provides an overview of the ISE and includes a significantly expanded discussion on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections.


ISE mission partners at all levels of government work to put safeguards in place to ensure the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens.