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Markle Task Force Member to Testify on Information Sharing with Recommendations to Strengthen National Security, Protect Privacy

Publication Date: July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—Jeffrey Smith, an expert on information sharing and a Member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, will testify Thursday (7/30) at 10:00am before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment. Representative Jane Harman will chair the hearing “Beyond ISE Implementation: Exploring the Way Forward for Information Sharing.”

Smith will bring to the Subcommittee recommendations made by the Task Force to meet the 21st century threats America faces, focusing on how to strengthen America’s national security by improving information sharing in ways that protect privacy and civil liberties.

The Task Force has provided critical leadership to Congress and the Executive Branch, with many of its proposals already adopted into law or executive orders. The Task Force’s latest report, Nation At Risk: Policy Makers Need Better Information to Protect the Country, offers a critical roadmap for the way forward on information sharing. Its recommendations include:

  • Strong sustained leadership from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and Congress to drive improved information sharing.
  • New ways to make government information relevant to national security discoverable and accessible to authorized users while also creating mechanisms to audit use to ensure accountability.
  • Enhanced government-wide privacy and civil liberties policies.

The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age is a diverse and bipartisan group of former policy makers from the past six presidential administrations, senior information technology executives, and privacy advocates from both the public and private sectors. The Markle Task Force has recommended ways of improving national security decisions by transforming business processes and how information is shared. Its recommendations informed the 9/11 Commission Report and were subsequently included in two federal laws.  Learn more about the Markle Task Force at www.markle.org/national-security.