The DHS Data Framework (“Framework”) is a scalable information technology program with built-in capabilities to support advanced data architecture and governance processes. The Framework is DHS’s “big data” solution to build in privacy protections while enabling more controlled, effective, and efficient use of existing homeland security-related information across the DHS enterprise and with other U.S. Government partners, as appropriate. Currently, the Framework includes the Neptune and Cerberus systems and the Common Entity Index. Beginning in April 2015, DHS intends to mature the Framework during an Initial Operational Capability phase, which will include new DHS data sets, additional DHS users, and new technical capabilities (e.g., data refresh) for use within a controlled operational context. DHS is updating the Framework Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to reflect the transition to this Initial Operational Capability phase.
Last Published Date: August 10, 2015