Established by Executive Order 13587 in October 2011, the Senior Information Sharing and Safeguarding Steering Committee will exercise overall responsibility and ensure senior-level accountability for the coordinated interagency development and implementation of policies and standards regarding the sharing and safeguarding of classified information on computer networks.
The Steering Committee is co-chaired by senior representatives of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Security Staff. Members of the committee are officers of the United States as designated by the heads of the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Information Security Oversight Office within the National Archives and Records Administration (ISOO), as well as such additional agencies as the co-chairs of the Steering Committee may designate.
The responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:
- (a) establishing Government-wide classified information sharing and safeguarding goals and annually reviewing executive branch successes and shortcomings in achieving those goals;
- (b) preparing within 90 days and at least annually thereafter, a report for the President assessing the executive branch's successes and shortcomings in sharing and safeguarding classified information on computer networks and discussing potential future vulnerabilities;
- (c) developing program and budget recommendations to achieve Government-wide classified information sharing and safeguarding goals;
- (d) coordinating the interagency development and implementation of priorities, policies, and standards for sharing and safeguarding classified information on computer networks;
- (e) recommending overarching policies, when appropriate, for promulgation by the Office of Management and Budget or the ISOO;
- (f) coordinating efforts by agencies, the Executive Agent, and the Task Force to assess compliance with established policies and standards and recommending corrective actions needed to ensure compliance;
- (g) providing overall mission guidance for the Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) with respect to the functions to be performed by the Classified Information Sharing and Safeguarding Office; and
- (h) referring policy and compliance issues that cannot be resolved by the Steering Committee to the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council in accordance with Presidential Policy Directive-1/PPD-1 of February 13, 2009 (Organization of the National Security Council System).