“Open source intelligence products can and should be shared with appropriate Federal, State, local and tribal law enforcement, and the private sector because of their unclassified nature. Unfortunately, DHS has not effectively exploited this type of information to provide essential analytical products. In fact, DHS efforts have lagged behind the rest of the Federal government. While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have each established robust open source programs, DHS the lead Federal agency responsible for sharing terrorism threat and vulnerability information with State
and local law enforcement has yet to articulate a vision for how it will collect, analyze and disseminate open source information. Seeking to bring about change at DHS, the House of Representatives, on July 30, 2008, approved H.R. 3815, the Homeland Security Open Source Information Enhancement Act of 2008, a bill introduced by Representative Ed Perlmutter (DCO) and a bipartisan group of Committee Members. This legislation requires the Secretary of
Homeland Security to establish an open source program.”
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