DHS information-sharing initiative stalls due to privacy concerns – Nextgov

A proposed Homeland Security Department information-sharing initiative faces ongoing funding challenges, due to congressional concerns over privacy.

For the third year in a row, Congress as part of the Homeland Security spending bill prohibited DHS from using appropriated funds to stand up the National Immigration Information Sharing Operation. To start the flow of funding, the Homeland Security secretary must certify that the project — designed to give intelligence and law enforcement agencies access to DHS immigration information — complies with applicable laws, including privacy and civil liberties standards.