U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General report on information sharing and fusion centres

The Office of the Inspector General reviewed the Department of Homeland Security’s approach to information sharing with state and local fusion centers.

Our objectives were to determine (1) the effectiveness of DHS’ strategy, processes, and activities for facilitating information sharing with fusion centers; and (2) the extent to which information technology systems support information sharing between the department and these centers.

It concluded that despite spending 430 million dollars to date “domestic counterterrorism centers across the country still face significant information sharing challenges, including the inability to search across multiple databases for terrorism-related data,.” The IG report made 10 recommendations to improve information sharing, all of which DHS officials agreed with. The word privacy is mentioned once in the document.


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