SIGAR audit reveals limited interagency coordination in Afghanistan reconstruction



SIGAR audit reveals limited interagency coordination in Afghanistan reconstruction

The July 2011 performance audit by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports on U.S. efforts to improve the capacity of the Afghan government to regulate Afghanistan’s financial sector and to strengthen the controls U.S. agencies use to track U.S. funds in the Afghan economy...

Report details JIATF-South’s interagency success



Report details JIATF-South’s interagency success

Joint Interagency Task Force–South (JIATF–South) is well known within the U.S. Government as the “gold standard” for interagency cooperation and intelligence fusion.  It is often cited as a model for whole-of-government problem-solving, and other national security organizations have tried to copy its approach and successes...

Simons Center Announces Public Writing Competition



Simons Center Announces Public Writing Competition

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Sept. 12, 2011) The Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation announces its Interagency Writing Competition for 2012.  The competition is open to the public and recognizes papers that provide insight and fresh thinking in advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of interagency coordination, cooperation, and collaboration at the tactical or operational level of effort...

Simons Center Reveals New Interagency Bibliography



Simons Center Reveals New Interagency Bibliography

The Simons Center is pleased to reveal the first installment of its interagency bibliography.  The bibliography is part of the Simons Center's mission to foster and develop an interagency body of knowledge and boasts over 500 entries regarding interagency issues.  The bibliography includes reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Research Service, professional publications by subject matter experts, and academic research from both military and non-military institutions...

Request for public comments on the inter-agency anti-counterfeiting working group



Request for public comments on the inter-agency anti-counterfeiting working group

The Federal Government is currently undertaking a significant effort to eliminate counterfeit products from the U.S. Government supply chain. In June 2010, Vice President Biden and White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, announced the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, laying out a coordinated government-wide approach to strengthening intellectual property enforcement and directing the establishment of an inter-agency working group...

Presidential Study Directive aims to prevent mass attrocities and genocide



Presidential Study Directive aims to prevent mass attrocities and genocide

Sixty-six years since the Holocaust and 17 years after Rwanda, the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework and a corresponding interagency mechanism for preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide.  This has left the United States ill prepared to engage early, proactively, and decisively to prevent threats from evolving into large-scale civilian atrocities...

IAE 11-03W Role of Information Management in Advancing Homeland Security (Web-Exclusive)



IAE 11-03W Role of Information Management in Advancing Homeland Security (Web-Exclusive)

by David T. Culkin

In an era of persistent threats to the homeland and constricted decision cycles, American policy makers must embrace information sharing if they are to protect the citizens and infrastructure of the United States. The key to advancing homeland security lies in managing information so efficiently and effectively that U.S. policy leaders rapidly acquire the understanding they need to make decisions...

IAP 5 (June 2011) Interagency Collaborative Arrangements and Activities: Types, Rationales, Considerations



IAP 5 (June 2011) Interagency Collaborative Arrangements and Activities: Types, Rationales, Considerations

by Frederick M. Kaiser

Interagency coordinative arrangements and activities—called for in public laws, executive orders, and administrative directives—appear to be growing in number, prominence, and proposals throughout virtually all individual policy areas and across-the-board. Underlying this growth are several developments...

Joint Special Operations University updates SOF Interagency Counterterrorism Reference Manual



Joint Special Operations University updates SOF Interagency Counterterrorism Reference Manual

Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) recently revised and republished its SOF Interagency Counterterrorism Reference Manual.  In the past, the manual has provided a valuable reference for JSOU students, SOF staff officers, and partners in the interagency process...