PM-ISE is promulgating a Framework of Considerations for Streamlining the Terrorism-Related Information Sharing and Access Agreement Development Process and Incorporating Privacy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Best Practices (Framework of Considerations). This reference guide outlines common requirements, including privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections, to be addressed in the planning and development of Information sharing and access agreements (ISSAs) by Federal agencies. It may also be a useful resource for ISE partners in State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as with private sector and international partners. 

The success of the ISE is dependent on the efficient sharing of information in ways that uphold fundamental legal rights and protections. ISAAs are developed between partners to establish the “rules of the road” in the use of specific data sets shared between organizations. An organization may have dozens of ISAAs established to facilitate the sharing and protection of information, including terrorism-related information. However, Federal, State, and local government agencies spend an average of 18 months to develop new ISAAs and the majority of these agencies do not have a standardized development and approval process in place.

Recognizing the importance of ISAAs to facilitate effective information sharing, the 2012 National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding identified the need for a common model for developing information sharing and access agreements as the second highest priority for improved information sharing and safeguarding.

The Framework of Consideration outlines important considerations for personnel involved in developing ISAAs, to include program managers, data stewards, legal counsel, privacy and security officers, and other key stakeholders.  The guidance of the Framework of Consideration is summarized in a worksheet in Appendix D help streamline the drafting and development process.

The Program Manager thanks the membership of the ISA IPC’s Data Aggregation Working Group (DAWG) and the Privacy and Information Technology working group of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Subcommittee for their work and expertise in developing the Framework of Considerations.

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PM-ISE, 15 May 2015