Intel Sec & DoD Case Study - DHS

Intelligence-Security-DoD Case Study - Department of Homeland Security Terrorist Watchlist Integration

T&H was selected as the prime contractor for a $30 million Blanket Purchase Agreement to engage in collaborative efforts with the DHS Chief of Information Office to support its terrorist screening initiatives, including the development of a functional system interface between DHS and the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Leveraging the capabilities of the existing infrastructure, the T&H team focused its resources on implementing and realizing an architectural environment that conformed to the requirements of HSPD-11, Comprehensive Terrorist-Related Screening Procedures.

T&H supported a working group that surveyed 36 Federal Agencies to obtain a snapshot of existing terrorist-related screening processes, programs, data, and systems Government-wide. This included conducting interviews of experts and senior officials in terrorist-related screening to identify known weaknesses, best practices, and gather recommendations for improvement. T&H provided support to DHS information sharing initiatives in the areas of: 1) program planning and development of "As-Is" and "To-Be" terrorist screening architectures; 2) systems engineering and development of the DHS Information Sharing Environment (ISE) for Watch List Integration; 3) reach back support for the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and 4) support of the DHS Information Sharing and Collaboration Office (ISCO) to develop information sharing agreements between DHS and external partners. The collected information, including existing policy, was analyzed to formulate an overall strategy with specific recommendations, and an implementation plan. T&H contributions resulted in recommendations for improvement in management coordination, standard setting, resource prioritization, information sharing, data quality and access, and performance measures. T&H has developed an inventory of over 70 DHS systems that house terrorist data and is in the process of developing technical interface points among systems to enable data sharing and interoperability. It is anticipated that a number of the systems may be retired due in part to T&H's efforts.

T&H also supported the DHS implementation of an identity management technology strategy to enhance sharing of information across the DHS enterprise and with Federal, State, and local mission partners to include strategy calls for an enterprise identity and privilege-management (IdM) capability. This IdM service will allow DHS to align its security management strategy with its business goals by reliably managing who has access to which resources and services; logging and reporting what they have done, and enforcing business, privacy, and security policies.

The T&H Team assisted in development of the DHS Biometrics Study Group report, which proposed a biometrics vision for the DHS and will assist in management of the Department's biometric policy creation and technology selection.

Other support of the DHS mission consists of T&H-developed procedures and support of Clinger-Cohen Act of compliance and adherence to DHS Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process using select, control, and evaluation of IT investment portfolios throughout their lifecycle. T&H formed a partnership with DHS representatives to ensure that technical, financial, and performance goals are achieved. The approach minimized organizational implementation barriers by making stakeholders part of the review process. T&H prepared business cases, reviewed and generated OMB Exhibit 300 information, and submitted requirements in preparation of OMB Exhibit 300 using the DHS Investment Management System (ProSight). During the business case review process, T&H provided constructive feedback and assistance to ensure lifecycle costs are accurately planned, reflected in a robust Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), complied with DHS' investment guidelines and optimized business requirements. T&H also coordinated and prepared Investment Review Board (IRB) decision-making documentation and industry best practices. This ensured that reviewing bodies optimized the investment portfolio's project mix and ensured compliance with the investment guidelines and mission objectives.