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MUST READ: New GV Process

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 290835
Date 2007-10-22 13:45:12
Beginning today, we will put in place a new GV monitoring procedure.

1. Watch officers will continue to post items to the alerts list to flag
them as potential GV monitors.

2. Briefers will be responsible for sorting through those alerts (among
other material), and will post those items that actually require monitors
to a GV Folder on Clearspace
( That folder will
be a central list of GV requests.

3. Analysts will then produce GV Monitors for the requests in the folder
and post them to the analyst list as usual.

4. After any necessary discussion of the monitor is resolved on the
list, the analyst will post the final GV Monitor as a reply to the request
in the GV folder.

5. A briefer will move completed GV requests from main GV folder into an
archive folder, which will be a central repository for past GVs. The
object is to keep that GV folder as near to empty as possible.

This process incorporates briefers better into the GV process, and places
on them the burden of sifting through the many items flagged for GV by the
Watch Officers (who should keep up the good work). As GV monitors will
only be written when requested by at least one briefer, we will avoid
producing monitors that are not ultimately sent to any client (which
currently happens).

If analysts see items they think the briefers missed or underestimated the
significance of, they should, of course, bring them to the briefers'
attention. And briefers will continue to ask whether analysts think some
developments are important enough to warrant a GV. This process is not
meant to replace individual communication.

This GV folder will give everyone a clear picture of which GV requests are
outstanding, allowing better prioritization; and it will alert us when
there is a backlog.

Analysts will not need to check the GV folder constantly; they can receive
email notifications whenever a new item is posted (go to and select "Receive
email notifications" in the "Actions & Notifications" box on the right) or
opt to use the space's RSS feed (also in the A&R box). GV requests that
remain unanswered for 3 hours will automatically generate an email alert
to the secure list.

We are continuing to work on ways to improve the GV system. Please contact
me with any questions.

Joseph de Feo
T: 703-469-2182 x2185
F: 703-469-2189
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.