A change in law is needed so that federal agencies can have a program manager to review or assess the impact of sharing terrorism-related information with the intelligence community and other public and private partners, the U.S. General Accountability Office said in a report on Monday.
As of 2017, federal agencies, including the office of the director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice had completed all but three of 16 priority objectives, the report said.
These agencies have implemented projects to complete the remaining three: data tagging; federal identity credential and access management; and discovery and access.
However, “Without someone in this position to assess agency efforts,” the work needed to complete these objectives “remains undetermined,” the report says.
It says this has been difficult because of conflicting changes in the law.
The GAO recommends that Congress consider amending the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act to clarify that the president is responsible for designating and appointing a program manager.