I spent last weekend talking with a dozen state and local homeland security executives. During our conversation I was surprised to hear that “information sharing” has evolved into a buzzword.
“Someone sends out a blast email,” one of the homeland security executives said, “and they consider that to be information sharing.”
The other folks in the room nodded in immediate agreement.
OK, maybe they’re right, I thought. But maybe they’re also being a touch cynical.
Today I opened the following email message (slightly edited for publication). The information was sent on Monday, but I didn’t get to it until Tuesday — you know how emails can pile up:
All users and organizations of the FEMA Secure Portal must cease operations. The system will be taken off line midnight EDT, September 14, 2009. All organizations using the Portal must make alternate arrangements for information sharing until the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is operational and Communities of Interest are activated on or about October 29, 2009.
The transition from the Secure Portal (https://xxxxxxxxxxx.dhs.gov) to the DHS Homeland Security Information Network, as previously announced in Information Bulletin #317, will be carried out between September 15, 2009 and approximately October 29, 2009. During this time, disused Portal organizations will be deactivated and their information stored according to FEMA records management policies. Portal organizations with a continued need for Sensitive But Unclassified information sharing will be migrated to HSIN. No changes made to Portal organization data or membership made after 9/14/09 will be transferred to HSIN. The Secure Portal will be decommissioned on or about 10/30/09.
FEMA Secure Portal users can obtain answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from a document named Migration Frequently Asked Questions in the Secure Portal Portal Migration folder. Questions can also be directed to CSID at 1-800-xxx-xxxx or firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant program stakeholders may also contact their Program Analyst for further information.
I’m not sure who sent me the information, or why. But whoever it was, thanks for sharing.