The following is an updated version of the Functional Standard for the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) that was released by the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) on March 2, 2015. The standard provides guidelines for reporting suspicious activity with a potential nexus to terrorism that is later shared through the NSI with law enforcement throughout the country. The previous version of the functional standard, version 1.5 released in July 2009, was issued following substantial criticisms by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the vague criteria and lack of privacy protections contained in the standard for reporting. The ACLU of Northern California also has a pending lawsuit against the Department of Justice and PM-ISE challenging the fundamental legality of the NSI. Public Intelligence helped contribute documentation that was used in the preparation of the suit’s initial complaint.
INFORMATION SHARING ENVIRONMENT (ISE) FUNCTIONAL STANDARD (FS) SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTING (SAR) VERSION 1.5.5
- 60 pages
- February 2015
This issuance updates the Functional Standard for ISE-SARs and is one of a series of Common Terrorism Information Sharing Standards (CTISS) issued by the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE). While limited to describing the ISE-SAR process and associated information exchanges, information from this process may support other ISE processes, to include alerts, warnings, and notifications; situational awareness reporting; and terrorist watchlisting.