A legislative change is needed so that federal agencies can have a program manager to review or assess the effectiveness of sharing terrorism-related information with intelligence agencies and other public and private partners, the US General Accountability Office said in a report on Monday.
As of 2017, federal agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, had completed all but three of 16 priority targets, according to the report.
These agencies have undertaken projects to complete the remaining three: data tagging; federal identity authorization and access management; and discovery and access.
But “Without someone in this position to assess the agency̵7;s efforts,” the work required to complete those goals remains “undetermined,” the report said.
It says this has been difficult because of conflicting legislative changes.
GAO recommends that Congress consider amending the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to clarify that the president is responsible for appointing and appointing a program director.