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DHS Creates Task Force in Response to Recent Criticism

Screen shot 2009-12-15 at 10.53.00 AMToday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the creation of a Presidential task force on controlled unclassified information releases.

This announcement is one of two major steps to enhance information sharing among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. The first step in safe guarding sensitive information is particularly timely given the recent leak of sensitive TSA materials and demanded action from members of congress.

Secretary Napolitano and Attorney General Holder recommend a single, standardized framework for safeguarding sensitive but ultimately unclassified information throughout the federal government.

“Our review of policies and procedures for access to and sharing of sensitive but unclassified information across the U.S. Government revealed a need for a more open, standardized approach,” said Secretary Napolitano.

Along with this announcement, they also announced the creation of dual Program Management Offices (PMO’s) to coordinate the effort through all levels of government.

“Our recommendations will allow the federal government to be more open and transparent while still meeting our first priority of keeping the American people safe,” said Attorney General Holder.

These announcements both reflect the Obama administrations efforts to increase government transparency.  The newly created task force seeks to balance protecting legitimate security, law enforcement, privacy and civil liberties.

As a response to the Republican Representatives urgent letter the actions may mitigate fears of future potential security breaches.

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