Then and Now

By Deborah Gage  |  Posted 2006-10-02 Email Print this article Print

Can federal, state, county and local authorities effectively collect and share information? An initiative launched in the wake of 9/11 aims to break old habits and better protect the homeland.

Then and Now

National Security: Information Sharing
5 Years Ago Today
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not exist. DHS works to communicate with federal, state and local public safety agencies.
Agencies at all levels of government tend to work separately. DHS and agencies from the seven-county Los Angeles region work in the same room.
Agencies with aging, disparate computer systems have a hard time exchanging data. New I.T. standards like Global Justice XML and service-oriented architecture make it easier to swap data over a network.

Senior Writer
Based in Silicon Valley, Debbie was a founding member of Ziff Davis Media's Sm@rt Partner, where she developed investigative projects and wrote a column on start-ups. She has covered the high-tech industry since 1994 and has also worked for Minnesota Public Radio, covering state politics. She has written freelance op-ed pieces on public education for the San Jose Mercury News, and has also won several national awards for her work co-producing a documentary. She has a B.A. from Minnesota State University.


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