Mission Stories

Mission Stories

 August 9, 2016

Over the last several years, the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) has worked with Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) community partners in support of national security, public safety, and economic resilience. PM-ISE’s stewardship, information sharing technical expertise, advocacy efforts, and policy and governance tools in support of partners’ information sharing needs have contributed to the improvement of information sharing within the public domain. Recent project work includes Project Interoperability in Puget Sound; a Maritime Data Challenge to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; the development of a Maritime Domain Awareness Architecture Plan; a pilot study to look at the impacts of international mass migration on the maritime domain; an insider threat and risk analysis pilot; and an effort to team fusion center resources with the energy sector.

July 5, 2016

The Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis are piloting a program to enhance the scope of metrics reporting within the Information Sharing Environment. The Information Sharing Measure Development Pilot, kicking off at the end of fiscal year 2016, seeks to:

  • Provide mentorship and research assistance to government managers and their leaders to instill relevant subject matter expertise as well as common information measurement practices.
  • Standardize measurement methodology and ensure ISE measurement strategy, framework and techniques adhere to best practices across public and private sectors objective by identifying, in a systematic way, measurement challenges specific to the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the National Fusion Center Network, and the DHS Intelligence Enterprise.
  • Empower ISE mission partners to plan and conduct strategic, forward-leaning analysis in support of shared information sharing goals and objectives by serving as a resource to facilitate the planning and implementation of information sharing measurement improvement projects.

June 28, 2016

“. . . we will not waver in defense of our county or our communities. We will defeat al-Qa’ida and its affiliates. We will uphold the civil rights and civil liberties of every American. And we will go forward together, as Americans, knowing that our rich diversity of backgrounds and faiths makes us stronger and is a key to our national security.”[1]  ~ President Barack Obama, August 2011

The Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) partners with law enforcement and federal, state, and local governments to understand the critical importance of building trusting relationships within the communities they serve. Partnerships are vital to address a range of challenges and must have as their foundation a genuine commitment on the part of law enforcement and all levels of government to address community needs and concerns, including balancing the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties with public safety. In an effort to counter violent extremism (CVE), PM-ISE leverages existing partnerships that communities have forged with federal, state, and local government agencies to promote new or more extensive partnerships.

June 28, 2016

The Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) holds longstanding relationships across the cyber community and is uniquely positioned to foster responsible information sharing practices that safeguard national security, enhance local law enforcement, and provide needed context for intelligence analysts and sharing.  Currently, the cyber mission follows three unique goals which drive cyber engagement to determine current solutions and if they meet the greater Information Sharing Environment’s (ISE) needs:

  • Support partners to integrate and scale state-wide ISEs
  • Further align the field-based intelligence and information sharing entities
  • Support development of domain and departmental ISEs

June 28, 2016

Federal, state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) law enforcement agencies must work together to detect and prevent terrorism and criminal activity. Building an effective information sharing environment (ISE) at the state and local levels is not only integral to closing the information sharing gap among state and local entities, but allows law enforcement agencies at the federal level to be more agile in their support. An ise.gov blog post from earlier this year further breaks down current challenges. Enabling seamless access to better terrorism-related information and criminal intelligence to state and local partners includes supporting policy and privacy, oversight and governance, building partnerships, and adoption of standards. Multiple technological and agency coordination initiatives are underway this fiscal year within the information sharing environment to support linking law enforcement at all levels of government including deconfliction, fusion center coordination, and open source investigations.

June 6, 2016

Overcoming the barriers that impede controlled unclassified information (CUI) sharing is a continuing endeavor of the Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information sharing portfolio under the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) to advance SBU information sharing services across a broad set of stakeholders to responsibly share timely, accurate, and comprehensive law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security information.


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.