Washington Technology reports tonight that John Russack has left his job as program manager for the Information Sharing Environment office at the DNI:
John Russack, program manager for the Information-Sharing Environment in the office of the Director of National Intelligence, is leaving the post, according to a statement released today by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
â€œIt is a troubling setback that John Russack, the Bush administrationâ€™s top official in charge of implementing a governmentwide initiative to enhance information-sharing between local, state and federal officials, is stepping down,â€ Durbin said in a statement.
â€œIt appears that our best efforts to implement 21st century technology for information-sharing are still far behind. Todayâ€™s announcement tells us that plans for moving forward may be delayed or jeopardized,â€ Durbin said.
This position is critically important for efforts to improve homeland security-related information sharing, both within the federal government and with state and local officials, as discussed in Russack’s testimony last November. The DNI needs to find a replacement quickly to move forward with the office’s key initiatives and fulfill the mandates of the President’s executive order from 2004 on terrorism information sharing.