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House Approves DHS Database Consolidation Bill

The House has passed a bill that would consolidate databases and systems of the Department of Homeland Security‘s 22 component agencies in a move to simplify information sharing across DHS, FCW reported Tuesday.

The DHS Data Framework Act seeks to streamline the process for exchange and analysis of intelligence on national security, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction between authorized department personnel.

DHS began to develop its Data Framework in 2013 to implement a “systematic repeatable process” for granting controlled access to department data, but the effort was faced with incompatibility issues between component agencies’ information technology systems, the report said.

The bill would require DHS to integrate legacy IT systems within two years and establish different domains for classified and unclassified information.

A DHS consolidated system would not include data that may compromise ongoing investigations and would only grant access to authorized employees, the report added.

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