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January 26, 2006

John Russack leaves Information Sharing Environment job

Filed under: Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Christian Beckner on January 26, 2006

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.

“It is a troubling setback that John Russack, the Bush administration’s top official in charge of implementing a governmentwide initiative to enhance information-sharing between local, state and federal officials, is stepping down,” Durbin said in a statement.

“It appears that our best efforts to implement 21st century technology for information-sharing are still far behind. Today’s announcement tells us that plans for moving forward may be delayed or jeopardized,” 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.

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Pingback by Homeland Security Watch » Blog Archive » Nominee announced for info-sharing job

March 15, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

[…] The White House has nominated a replacement for John Russack, who resigned in January as head of the Information Sharing Environment, a departure detailed in this post. From the White House website: The President intends to designate Thomas E. McNamara, of the District of Columbia, to be Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment. […]

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