Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of September 21, 2009

Sean Dennehy and Don Burke

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

The 2009 Service to America Homeland Security Medal was shared by a pair of CIA employees who showed great intellect in solving a critical problem. In 2005, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence gave Sean Dennehy and Don Burke the task of improving information-sharing across the intelligence community. Lack of communication between the intelligence agencies had been a serious impediment to preventing the September 11th attacks. To fix this, Sean and Don created an online system called “Intellipedia,” modeled after the popular Wikipedia website. Intellipedia enables analysts from different agencies to contribute information to subject pages and open cases. Today, Intellipedia has grown to nearly a million pages, and it has helped prevent threats to the Beijing Olympics, analyze IED patterns in Iraq, and study the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Sean Dennehy and Don Burke HERE

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