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Homeland information sharing improving, officials say

The Homeland Security Department’s emerging enterprise architecture is beginning to harmonize information sharing, officials told the House Government Reform Committee this morning. Chairman Tom Davis (R-Va.) convened the hearing to probe barriers to information sharing at HSD. Among the federal officials who testified were Mark Forman, administrator for IT and e-government at the Office of Management and Budget, and Steve Cooper, the Homeland Security CIO. Democrats on the committee criticized Forman and Cooper for the continuing lack of a coordinated terrorist watch list. Ranking Democrat Henry A. Waxman (Calif.) said the administration had established a “ping pong” policy of passing responsibility for merging the lists from the White House to the FBI, back to the White House and to HSD. He criticized the White House’s failure to cooperate with a recent General Accounting Office investigation that called for merged watch lists. Full Story

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