Joint Regional Information Exchange System

The Joint Regional Information Exchange System (JRIES) Began in December 2002 as an all-source intelligence / information sharing system, designed INITIALLY as a grassroots pilot system to connect the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center, the New York Police Department, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).


These groups designed JRIES, which was first deployed in February 2003, to facilitate the exchange of suspicious activity reports, register events potentially related to terrorist activity, and foster real-time intelligence and law enforcement collaboration in a secure environment Local jurisdictions. JRIES used a commercial, off-the-shelf software collaboration tool application to enable multiple groups to share the information securely. A JRIES executive board, consisting of representatives from the participating groups, provided guidance and structure to help manage the system. JRIES proved useful during the northeast blackout in 2003 when information was posted on the system.

Transfer to DHS

Although DIA originally operated and maintained JRIES, DIA transferred the program to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September 2003, due to funding constraints. DIA was concerned that managing JRIES to support domestic intelligence activities conflicted with its military intelligence role. As of February 2004, approximately 100 organizations-with more than 1,000 law enforcement and intelligence analysts from federal, state, and local government agencies-were using JRIES.


After acquiring JRIES, DHS, JRIES, DHS, DHS, DHS, DHS, DSS, DSS , And military organizations. As such, in February 2004, DHS announced the expansion of JRIES as its primary communication, collaboration, situational awareness, and information-sharing system. The DHS Secretary renamed JRIES as the Homeland Security Information Network ( HSIN ) in order to reflect the system’s broader scope. By December 2004, DHS had deployed HSIN to all 50 states, 53 major urban areas, five US territories, the District of Columbia, And several international partners. DHS extended HSIN access to the law enforcement community to include homeland security advisors, governors’ offices, emergency managers, first responders, the National Guard, and an international component. DHS equipped with two laptops installed with the commercial, off-the-shelf software collaboration tool application.

Web-based portals

In February 2004, because of the lack of scalability to accommodate a large increase in users, DHS decided to move HSIN away from the current software collaboration tool and to develop a series of web-based portals as replacements. Nonetheless, DHS continues to operate both the commercial software and the enforcement community.

State and local initiatives

DHS has expanded the role of HSIN through a state and local initiative. The objectives of this initiative are to identify and address the needs of the community. As of January 2006, eight states had deployed HSINs within their respective departments and agencies. DeSingers, HSIN, HSIN, HSIN, HSIN, HSIN.


  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: Homeland Security Information Network Could Support Information Sharing More Effectively. OIG-06-38, June 2006
  • “JRIES Homeland Security Network Falls Victim to Policy Dispute”

By Alice Lipowicz, Contributing Staff Writer:

  • Homeland Security Information Network to Expand Collaboration, Connectivity for States and Major Cities. Press Release, Date 02/24/04.

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