Executive Order 13356 of August 27, 2004

Information Sharing Environment | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 10, 2017

Scope of the Information Sharing Environment

The ISE provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators come from a variety of communities – law enforcement, public safety, homeland security, intelligence, defense, and foreign affairs – and may work for federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial governments.[2] They also have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies. Federal agencies and state, local, tribal, and private sector partners — the ISE Mission Partners — deliver, and operate, the ISE and are accountable for sharing to enable end-to-end mission processes that support counterterrorism.[3]

Role of the Office of the Program Manager for the ISE

The PM-ISE works with ISE Mission Partners to improve the management, discovery, fusing, sharing, delivery of, and collaboration around terrorism-related information.[3] The primary focus is any mission process, anywhere in the United States, that is intended or is likely to have a material impact on detecting, preventing, disrupting, responding to, or mitigating terrorist activity. Examples include: terrorism watchlisting, person and cargo screening, suspicious activity reporting, and alerts, warnings and notifications. The PM-ISE facilitates the development of the ISE by bringing together mission partners and aligning business processes, standards and architecture, security and access controls, privacy protections, and best practices.[4]

What is the ISE | ISE.GOV

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 IntelligencePartner 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.



Thomas E. McNamara | WIKIPEDIA | APR 25, 2017

Following passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, President George W. Bush on March 15, 2006 appointed McNamara Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment reporting through the Director of National Intelligence to the President and the Congress.

Thomas E. McNamara | CARNEGIE COUNCIL | MAY 10, 2017

Ambassador Thomas E. (Ted) McNamara is a senior official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

He is a career diplomat who has served eight Presidents over the past four decades. He originally retired from government service in 1998, after which he spent three years as the President and CEO of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York. Following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Ambassador McNamara was asked to return to government service as the Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Department of State until 2004.

During his government career he has held many senior positions in the Department of State and the National Security Council (NSC). In the 1980s he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, NSC Director, and Ambassador to Colombia. Upon his return from Colombia in 1991 he served President George H.W. Bush as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs before returning to the State Department as Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism, and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. In 1998 he was appointed the Special Negotiator for Panama.

Most recently, Ambassador McNamara has been an Adjunct Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Last Updated: January 15, 2008

Thomas E. McNamara | NNDB | MAY 10, 2017

AKA Thomas Edmund McNamara

Born: 1940
Birthplace: New Haven, CT

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Colombia, 1988-91

Wife: Emma Julia Fonseca (two children)

University: BA, Manhattan College (1962)
University: MA, University of Notre Dame
Professor: George Washington University

US Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs (1994-98)
US National Security Council Director of Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics (past)
US Coordinator for Counterterrorism acting (1992-93)
US Ambassador to Colombia (1988-91)
US State Department Deputy Asst. Secy. for Politico-Military Affairs (1983-86)
American Academy of Diplomacy
Council on Foreign Relations
Council of the Americas President & CEO (past)

Information-sharing has to get priority focus | WASHINGTON POST | JAN 1, 2010

The partisan finger-pointing that followed last week’s attempted airplane bombing is the wrong response to governmental failures to share information. Since Congress enacted the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission five years ago, administrations of both parties have worked to fundamentally change the way federal agencies and offices manage information. These efforts have received bipartisan support but have unfortunately been marked by limited success.



Kshemendra Paul | Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment


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