News Archive

New Resource on Corrections Health Information Sharing

December 19, 2014
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) have released Corrections and Reentry: Protected Health Information Privacy Framework for Information Sharing.
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Courts Plunge Into the Digital Age

December 18, 2014
If you walked into a courthouse a decade ago, you might have seen file clerks pushing carts and searching for case folders, paralegals lugging stacks of paperwork to the clerk’s office, and staffers entering mounds of documents by hand into a computer system, if there was one.
 
That picture has been changing dramatically in many courthouses across the country. States are moving to systems in which documents are submitted electronically, file rooms are disappearing, and the judicial system is going paperless.

 

Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights

December 16, 2014
For many years, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented
Policing Services (COPS Office) have been developing guides, publications, Webinars, checklists,
and tools for law enforcement on community policing, building trust, diversity training, protecting
privacy, safeguarding First Amendment rights, ensuring procedural justice, preventing racial
profiling, and related topics. BJA and the COPS Office have partnered to gather these resources
into a comprehensive guide to better assist your department or agency in your ongoing efforts to
build stronger community-police relations as you fulfill your dual role of preserving the peace and
maintaining the public’s trust.
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Justice Department Announces New Rules to Curb Racial Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

December 12, 2014
The Obama administration has formally announced long-awaited curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement, but the new rules will not cover local police departments, which have come under criticism in recent months over allegations that their officers profile suspects.
 
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., expanded Justice Department rules for racial profiling to prevent FBI agents from considering gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity, when opening cases. The department also is banning racial profiling from national security cases for the first time.
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Justice Department to Create Dedicated Cybersecurity Unit

December 11, 2014
The Justice Department is creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit within its criminal division, a top official revealed recently.   The unit will provide legal guidance on electronic surveillance investigations and will work with Congress on cybersecurity legislation, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said during a speech at Georgetown University’s law school, according to prepared remarks.
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Excellence in Our Nation’s Fusion Centers: Congratulations to This Year’s NFCA Awardees!

December 9, 2014

The Annual National Fusion Center Association Training event is one that our community eagerly awaits each year.

Some of the highlights of this year’s presentations can be seen at ise.gov (one on operational use of HSIN, and one on Sensitive But Unclassified information sharing). There are approximately 2,800 men and women assigned to our nation’s 78 fusion centers who work tirelessly to keep our nation safe. They support our critical infrastructure, provide keen analytic insights into physical and cyber threats in an all priority crimes and all hazards environment, train our first responders on the criminal threats their communities face, and develop innovative strategies to protect the homeland and each of our hometowns while prioritizing the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

 
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NIST Document to Protect Federal Information in Nonfederal Information Systems

December 5, 2014
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft recommendations for ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive federal information residing on the computers of contractors and other nonfederal organizations working for the government.
 
Developed in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the guidance is intended for federal agencies, as called for in a 2010 Executive Order on the treatment of “Controlled Unclassified Information,” or CUI. The deadline for submitting comments on the draft document, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations (Draft Special Publication 800-171), is January 16, 2015.
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Impact of Body-Worn Cameras Webinar

December 3, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) will present a Webinar titled “The Impact of Body Worn Cameras: The Phoenix SPI” on December 10, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., eastern time. The Phoenix Police Department, with assistance from their research partner Arizona State University, recently completed a process and impact evaluation of their quasi-experimental design study. This Webinar will describe their approach and results of their body-worn camera study, including lessons learned, from both the research and practitioner perspective.

 

DOJ Releases Guide to Help Law Enforcement Strengthen Relationships With Communities

December 2, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently announced the release of the Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights, designed to assist law enforcement officers in building stronger community-police relations. The document includes several products developed by the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) that address privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties as well as First Amendment-protected events.
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SAR Training for Hometown Security Partners

November 24, 2014

The Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) offers no-cost online training on suspicious activity reporting (SAR) for various public safety disciplines.   The suite of Hometown Security Partners trainings includes training for law enforcement, private sector security, fire, EMS, probation and parole and corrections, public safety telecommunications, emergency management, and the maritime sector.  These trainings offer guidance on how to identify and report suspicious activity in the course of your daily duties.

The SAR online trainings are available at http://nsi.ncirc.gov/training_online.aspx.
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Resources to Assist Law Enforcement Agencies in Responding to First Amendment-Protected Events

November 21, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, with the support of the CICC and the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, developed multiple resources to support law enforcement agencies as they prepare for and respond to First Amendment-protected events.
 
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New National Incident-Based Reporting System E-Bulletin Released

November 17, 2014

The Office for Victims of Crime has released the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) e-bulletin, Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers, a new online resource to help victim service organizations understand the importance of crime data in their work. NIBRS is a system for reporting crimes known to the police and offers comprehensive information and nationwide data about crime incidents that might be of key interest to victim service providers, policymakers, and law enforcement. The e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use NIBRS to:

  • Gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization.
  • Determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services.
  • Identify underserved groups of crime victims.

 

Live from NFCA Annual Training Event: No wrong door for SBU information sharing

November 14, 2014

After years of hard work, what seemed like an unreachable goal has finally come to fruition. The Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Working Group has achieved integrated access between four key SBU networks: Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS), the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP, formerly LEO) , and Intelink.

 

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IACP 2014: Holder Touts Partnership With Law Enforcement

November 13, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the 121st Annual IACP Conference in Orlando, Florida, and briefed attendees on what the Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing with law enforcement agencies to keep them prepared, safe, and out of the national spotlight.

 
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DOJ Launches the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit

November 5, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit now available at www.bja.gov/naloxone.

The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a one-stop clearinghouse of information and resources for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies interested in establishing a naloxone program. Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose.

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Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

October 31, 2014

Ever since fusion centers were created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to improve information-sharing between governments, they've often been criticized for their ineffectiveness. But if recent state investment in the centers is any indication, faith in the work they do may be on the rise.

Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Government Technology that as public-safety grant funding from the federal government has slowed, states are dedicating more of their own money to finance fusion centers. He believes that is a solid indicator that the centers “have found their sweet spot” when it comes to intelligence-gathering and communications activities.

NIEM in November is Back and it's Better than Ever!

October 29, 2014

NIEM is hosting its second annual NIEM in November event on November 4th at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. This year, NIEM in November will be a half-day event (12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) filled with presentations, demonstrations, awards, and round tables highlighting the NIEM community’s work.

If you're in the Washington, DC, metro area, come meet with us in person. Outside the DC area? Jump online and attend virtually. Last year, we had three virtual attendees for every in-person participant!

NIEM in November will include:

  • Networking with the NIEM community
  • Overview of 2014 program successes
  • Walk-through of NIEM open source capabilities and resources
  • NIEM in Action presentation and Q&A
  • Best of NIEM Awards
  • Community round table and success stories
  • NIEM leadership address

Registration and more information can be found at https://www.niem.gov/NIN

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DHS Science and Technology Unveils ‘New Visionary Goals’

October 28, 2014

New visionary goals for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) “will drive S&T’s strategic plan and serve as the directorate’s North Star,’” said Dr. Reginald Brothers, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology.

The visionary goals that were outlined were finalized following an extensive collaboration effort that yielded input and suggestions from thousands of stakeholders in government, academia and the nation’s private sector industrial base. They are the following:

  • Screening at Speed: Security that Matches the Pace of Life
  • A Trusted Cyber Future: Protecting Privacy, Commerce and Community
  • Enable the Decision Maker: Actionable Information at the Speed of Thought
  • Responder of the Future: Protected, Connected, and Fully Aware
  • Resilient Communities: Disaster-Proofing Society

 

 

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BJA Crime Analysis Consortium Resources

October 24, 2014
The collection and analysis of crime data and information is challenging for law enforcement agencies. The Bureau of
Justice Assistance (BJA) recognizes the enormous benefit that crime analysis capability can bring to law enforcement
agencies. BJA funds several projects that offer guidance, training, and technical assistance to law enforcement
regarding crime analysis. The growing need for an analytic solution can be found through the following BJA projects
designed to directly support and assist the state, local, and tribal law enforcement agency.
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Information Sharing: Are We Safer?

October 23, 2014

After the September 11 disaster, the lack of appropriate information sharing within the federal government community was highlighted as a key weakness by the 9/11 Commission. Its final report states that "agencies uphold a 'need-to-know' culture of information protection rather than promoting a 'need-to-share' culture of integration."

Since then, there have been many changes, with the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence being most significant and visible. But other changes have been implemented that have sought to help, including the PATRIOT Act's removal of some barriers that once restricted the sharing of information between the law enforcement and intelligence communities.

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Using Global Standards in Information Sharing: A Case Study From the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System

October 15, 2014

Recently, Kansas underwent an effort to modernize, standardize, and integrate its Criminal Justice Information System. The article shares the success of the effort and highlights the lessons learned. Through its work, the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) is on its way to being a model implementation for national standards and full integration of justice information.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014: Engaging All Americans in Online Safety

October 13, 2014

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Throughout this month, DHS and its partners will host numerous events across the country and distribute resources and materials to the public. Year-round, we also engage the public through the Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign to encourage Americans to practice safe online behavior. 

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New York, New Jersey Strengthen Intelligence Sharing Efforts

October 10, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen intelligence sharing surrounding anti-terrorism efforts in the region.  The MOU will enhance intelligence exchange programs, including the rotation of analysts between fusion centers in each state, improving information sharing and criminal intelligence coordination among security and law enforcement personnel in both states.  The MOU also provides for holding joint exercises to improve coordination in protecting critical transit infrastructure and to allow law enforcement in both states to perform limited cross-border operations.

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Department of Justice Launches National Violence Reduction Network

October 3, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Office of Justice Programs’ Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason launched the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), a national comprehensive approach to reduce violent crime in communities around the country. The announcement was made at the official VRN kickoff Summit, held September 29–October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC.

 

RxStat Technical Assistance Manual

October 1, 2014

NEW! New York City’s RxStat Technical Assistance Manual is now available.

RxStat is a model for advancing a shared understanding of the patterns and characteristics of problem drug use—including prescription opioid misuse—in a local jurisdiction, and it is an excellent example of a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) pilot project, which provides direct guidance and support to state and local agencies in addressing the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.  The technical assistance manual offers practical suggestions for replicating RxStat in other jurisdictions and draws upon lessons learned in the first two years. The manual also provides detailed information on each of the datasets used in the New York City initiative, including guidance for accessing, preparing, and analyzing similar datasets available in other jurisdictions.

For more information and resources associated with BJA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, visit https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=72.

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Information Sharing Environment’s 2014 Annual Report to the Congress

September 30, 2014
This annual report card tells the Congress and the American people how our federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and international partners are doing in their journey to achieve the decentralized, distributed, and coordinated approach to information sharing envisioned by the Congress ten years ago when it authorized establishment of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). 
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Tech Lessons From America’s Biggest Emergencies

September 22, 2014

Katrina. Sandy. The Boston Marathon bombing. 9/11. Some emergencies are so deeply rooted in our consciousness that they need no introduction. These tragedies are looked back upon as touchstones in America’s quest to be as prepared as possible for the next disaster. Perfection is an impossible goal, but the public officials who’ve been at the center of response and recovery efforts can’t help but reminisce on what went wrong and right, what works and what doesn’t, and how their experiences might be useful for others forced to live through a similar event. Government Technology talked with officials who’ve worked amid some of America’s biggest disasters and emergencies of recent years. They offer practical, real-world perspective that we all can learn from.

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BJA Fellow Discusses Integrating Evidence-Based Practices Into Policing

September 19, 2014
Crime analysis is an important component of integrating evidence-based practices into policing. Read BJA NTTAC’s recent blog post authored by BJA Crime Analysis Fellow Dr. Laura Wyckoff to learn more about training and technical assistance resources in crime analysis, and how law enforcement agencies of all sizes can integrate approaches such as problem-oriented policing, hot spots policing, and community policing to reduce crime in their jurisdictions.
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NYC Probation Report

September 17, 2014
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Fox Valley Technical College released “New York City Department of Probation’s (NYCDOP) Federal Partnership Efforts.” This case study examines several questions to tell the story of how BJA's and NIC's collaborative technical assistance partnership with NYCDOP made a difference in the successful implementation of NYCDOP’s Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Plan, and what lessons can be learned from this experience.
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Millions of FBI Files Digitized in Modernization Push

September 15, 2014

The digital conversion of more than 30 million records—and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards—comes as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fully activates its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information. The new system will replace the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), and will better serve a wide range of customers including; law enforcement agencies checking criminal histories and fingerprints, veterans, government employees, and the FBI’s own Laboratory.

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Iowa City Area Law Enforcement Launches New Online Crime Maps

September 10, 2014

Through a collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies in Iowa and an analytical software and services company, local crime statistics are being collected, processed, and presented in a publicly available analytical map.  The maps are developed by using crime data from agencies in Iowa City, Johnson County, North Liberty, and West Branch and aim to provide the public with a quick and easy way to see which crimes happen in their neighborhoods, how often, and at what times.

 

Can Body Cameras Really Reduce Ferguson Police's Use of Force?

September 9, 2014

Placing small cameras on cops is a fast-growing trend in policing. The cameras—which are small enough to fit on a vest, an officer’s collar, or on eyewear and cost $500 to $1,000 each—can be an important tool to improving evidence collection, public behavior, and police accountability. Today, more than 1,000 police departments have some or all of their officers wear body cameras, including Atlantic City, New Jersey; Ferguson, Missouri (as of last week); Los Angeles, California (one of the nation's largest police departments); Oakland, California; Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington.

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Improving Maritime Security Through Common Standards

September 8, 2014

As articulated by Mike Howell, PM-ISE Deputy Program Manager, “we don’t care what system you run internally, that is your business.  But your system must talk in standard language to other systems.” 

In line with this premise, the Maritime Information Sharing Environment (MISE) described by the National Maritime Domain Awareness Architecture Plan (NMDAAP) does not define how agencies execute their missions, manage their infrastructure, or develop their products. But it does define that the information products resulting from those mission activities are made available to others through standards-based data exchanges and common vocabulary established by the National Information Exchange Model–Maritime (NIEM-M).

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Launch at 2014 NASCIO Annual Conference

September 4, 2014

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced that National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) will kick off at the NASCIO Annual Conference on October 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. The program will feature remarks by White House Cyber Security advisor Michael Daniel; federal, state and local partners; and panel sessions featuring both the public and private sector.

In its 11th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and individual cyber hygiene. NASCIO will be joined by federal partners, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the Public Technology Institute (PTI), key state and local leaders, private sector stakeholders, and members of the public for an engaging morning dedicated to this vital subject.

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Minneapolis Police Outreach to Somali Community Offers a National Model

August 26, 2014

Minneapolis police officer Mike Kirchen hopped off his bike on a recent afternoon and strolled through the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, home to the largest Somali immigrant population in the United States.

Kirchen’s work is one thread in a federally funded community-policing initiative begun in January 2013. In a groundbreaking attempt to strengthen ties with Minneapolis’ Somali community, police are working with elders and young people, probation officers, courts, city and county attorneys' offices, business owners, and law enforcement experts.

In 2011, the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded a $600,000 grant to the Washington, DC-based Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), which, in turn, chose Minneapolis’ Somali-American community as its subject.

Denise O’Donnell, Bureau of Justice Assistance Director, said preliminary indications are that the project, which is scheduled to wrap up this fall, is working.

“We expect that this work will lead to a national model that cities can implement to build stronger trust … resulting in violence reduction and prevention,” she said.

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NIEM Virtual Town Hall September 23, 2014

August 25, 2014

Join the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program on September 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) for a NIEM Virtual Town Hall! You’ll learn more about the work and success in the NIEM community—specifically with their state and local communities.

This Town Hall will feature presentations from a Best of NIEM 2013 winner—Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)—and a representative from the NIEM Emergency Management domain. The town hall will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Please RSVP promptly so they can accommodate all who wish to participate. To RSVP, click the URL below, or copy and paste it into your browser.

http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/A340940

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Morgan County, Ohio, Launches NENA i3-Compliant 911 Call System

August 22, 2014

While states work through issues like call mapping and end of lifecycle technology, emergency responders are often caught up in the battle to modernize. Morgan County, Ohio, worked through these issues when it upgraded to the first National Emergency Number Association (NENA) i3-compliant NextGen-911 system in the country.

NENA i3 compliance is a compliance guideline that focuses on end-to-end IP connectivity. Gateways are used to accommodate legacy wireline and wireless origination networks. This essentially creates an emergency response communications platform that is cloud based and less reliant on manual processes. NENA has been working with emergency response management teams nationwide to develop compliance guidelines and best practices for this kind of system. The end goal is local and nationwide interoperability between first responders.

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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Line Officer Training

August 21, 2014

The Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Line Officer Training product has undergone enhancements to improve the quality of SAR training currently offered by the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) and its partners.  This new training video (Version 2) is now available on the NSI Web site and can be accessed via the following link:  http://nsi.ncirc.gov/training_online.aspx.

Enhancements to the training include:

  • New scenarios to help illustrate the benefit and importance of suspicious activity reporting
  • Improved descriptions of SAR-related behaviors and indicators
  • Ability to print a certificate of completion upon completing the training
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"Best of NIEM" Awards 2014

August 20, 2014

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program is accepting nominations to recognize NIEM implementation projects that demonstrate how intergovernmental collaboration and innovative technology deliver results that improve performance, increase efficiency, and support government transparency.

Projects must have been implemented within the last 12 months and must demonstrate specific measurable results. Successful nominees will be those that leverage best practices and deliver innovative solutions effectively. 

The nomination submission deadline is October 3, 2014.

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Justice to Health Services Task Team Final Report

August 13, 2014

The value of stronger communication, particularly stronger interoperable “electronic” information sharing between the Justice and Health domains has been recognized by both communities. To that end, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) embarked on an incremental collaborative process to identify high-priority justice-to-health interexchange opportunities that not only provide the most beneficial use for the justice community, but also align with the top information exchange priorities identified by the health community. 

Global dovetailed its work from the results of a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-sponsored project led by the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute and the Urban Institute that identified 34 beneficial opportunities for interdomain information exchanges between the justice and health communities. “Used judiciously, and with the necessary legal and technical safeguards to protect privacy and confidentiality, bi-directional sharing of health information between community-based care providers and correctional institutions can be used to divert individuals from the criminal justice system (when appropriate), better provide for their health needs while under justice supervision, and prepare for a successful post-release transition to the community”Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety OutcomesIn turn, Global charged the Global Strategic Solutions Working Group (GSSWG) to assemble a team of justice and health practitioners to review the 34 exchanges, focusing on identifying those exchanges with the greatest potential benefit to the criminal justice community.  In a report titled “Prioritizing Justice-to-Health Exchanges Task Team Final Report,” the group outlined ten high-value exchanges that focus on sharing treatment and reentry information.  Finally, the Global Standards Council’s Justice-to-Health Services Task Team launched an effort to further explore the technical information sharing alignment between the aforementioned ten exchanges and the highest-priority health domain exchanges.  In a report titled “Aligning Justice-to-Health Priority Exchanges Task Team Final Report,” the resulting analysis suggests four priority business cases that represent the highest alignment, greatest cross-domain business benefit, and the most valuable priorities to the criminal justice treatment and reentry and Pretrial, Courts, and Supervision processes.

Global invites your attention and review of all three previously mentioned reports.  Please direct questions and comments to Global@iir.com.

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BJA’s Law Enforcement Forecasting Group Web Site Launched

August 11, 2014

The new Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Law Enforcement Forecasting Group (LEFG) Web site is now available at BJALEFG.com. The LEFG was created to identify emerging issues and explore tactics and strategies that might assist law enforcement agencies. Their primary objective is to forecast issues and concerns that require increased law enforcement resources and identify current or emerging trends, programs, and developments that could help law enforcement perform effectively in the future.

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Join the NIEM-UML for 3.0 Submission Team

August 4, 2014

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) program management office (PMO) has started developing an open standards process to update the Unified Modeling Language (UML) Profile for NIEM 3.0. With the Request for Proposal (RFP) officially issued by the Object Management Group (OMG), the 3.0 profile is officially in development. The initial submission for NIEM-UML for 3.0 will be submitted on August 18 for review at the September OMG meeting. The team’s working space is on GitHub, and we need your help with the initial submission.

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Reinforcing Americans’ Right to Privacy

July 30, 2014

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police must obtain a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone.  This is a significant ruling, given the proliferation of digital information on smartphones and the need to protect Americans' privacy rights in the digital age.  We highlight this topic in this week’s Buzz to reinforce the emphasis that is placed on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties within the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).  The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires ISE participants to implement protections "at least as comprehensive as" the ISE Privacy Guidelines. The ISE Privacy Guidelines maintain and build upon existing privacy protections, while continuing to enhance the sharing of terrorism and homeland security-related information.

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FBI Explores Commercial Cloud Capabilities

July 29, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is pondering moving criminal records, fingerprints, and other biometric data to the cloud. The relocation of criminal justice data would not be without challenges, but could ultimately lower costs and leave crooks with less room to hide. 

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DoD Adoption of NIEM and AFEI Webinar

July 28, 2014

The Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) is hosting the second in a series of Webinars on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).  The next one is scheduled for August 14, and you don’t want to miss it!  

This hour-long Webinar will focus on how DoD’s move to adopt NIEM aligns with the Federal Information Sharing Environment (ISE) FY2015 Information Sharing Guidance and DoD Information Sharing initiatives, such as DoD Enterprise Architecture Roadmap and Joint Information Environment. Stuart Whitehead, Deputy Director for C5 Integration, Joint Staff J6, and Michael Howell, Deputy Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment, will host the Webinar.

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Updated! BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets

July 16, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is excited to release the recently updated BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. These fact sheets can be found on our newly enhanced Web site, and provide updated state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and other criminal justice information. In addition, each state has an easily accessible PDF version of the fact sheet and detailed funding information that can be used for distribution.

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HHS and Health Care Sector Expand Cybersecurity Info Sharing

July 3, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) takes cybersecurity seriously. As one of the world’s largest repositories of personal information, it has to. “We’re a big target for that,” said HHS Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Charest. “We’ve got a lot of very rich targets.” “We’ve been working to build this program since 2009,” Charest said. The centerpiece of the effort, the HHS Computer Security Incident Response Center, opened in 2011 to provide a single site for the collection, analysis and dissemination of threat information.

“That has vastly improved our security system,” Charest said. “But we didn’t stop there.” The CISO built on the federated model to address security governance and policy so that all divisions are working on the same page.

 

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BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell Joins Governors and Members of Congress To Share Major Successes

June 17, 2014

On June 12, 2014, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Director Denise E. O’Donnell participated in a briefing held at the U.S. Senate titled “Increasing Public Safety, Reducing Recidivism and Cutting Corrections Spending.” Joined by members of Congress, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV), President of the Council of State Governments, and Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA) described how they spearheaded groundbreaking efforts in their states to slow the growth of corrections spending and reinvest in strategies that increase public safety. The governors pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report, Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results, to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country. The Senate and House leaders speaking at the event underscored continued bipartisan leadership in these areas and priorities for the coming months.

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Welcome! Justice Department Announces Joseph F. Klimavicz as New Chief Information Officer

June 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Joseph F. Klimavicz will become its new chief information officer (CIO). CIO Klimavicz will provide leadership and oversight of the department’s information technology programs and services in support of the department’s technology-intensive law enforcement mission. He will replace Luke McCormack, who left the Department in November 2013. Mr. Kevin Deeley, Deputy CIO, has served as acting CIO since McCormack’s departure. Deeley will continue to serve as deputy CIO. 

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Partnership Results in Major Progress Against Cybercrime

June 6, 2014

As part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) led effort, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is playing a major role in curbing the spread of the Gameover Zeus botnet. This effort has been a great example of interagency collaboration and the partnerships between governments around the world and the private sector.

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NIEM-UML Success Story: Gang Intelligence Information Sharing

June 4, 2014

A working group made up of subject-matter experts from myriad state, local, federal, and industry organizations came together to develop the Gang Intelligence eXchange (GIX) Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). NIEM is a community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information.

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Cybercrimes Enforcement: A State Perspective

May 30, 2014

The advent of the Internet created great opportunities for mankind to share information, expand knowledge, develop new commerce, and make the world seem smaller and more connected. Unfortunately, it also provided a new environment ripe for criminals to target all types of victims. As this new technology expanded, so did the various ways that criminals use cyberspace to attack individuals, corporations, and governments. In the United States, these crimes have been largely left to the federal law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecution with limited exceptions. The challenges of investigating cyber-related crimes are many. Suspects and victims cross local, state, and international jurisdictions. Until recently, whenever state and local law enforcement agencies discussed cyber issues, it was generally about cybersecurity, which is the process of taking defensive actions to protect agency computers and databases from attack. This article will describe how these agencies are beginning to partner with federal agencies to engage various cyber criminals through proactive enforcement.

Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) Recognizes Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director for Service Excellence

May 23, 2014

This year’s Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) Distinguished Service Award recipient is Vernon Keenan, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), in recognition of his sustained contribution to LEIU and a continuous effort to enhance the criminal intelligence profession.  The award was presented during the annual LEIU conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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ODNI Builds Toolbox for Information Interoperability

May 21, 2014

An information sharing project recently launched by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) aims to develop a set of tools that would make it easier for government agencies at all levels, as well as private sector organizations, to move data between existing networks and systems.

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DHS Looking for a Few Good Private-Sector Executives

May 19, 2014

The two U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies in charge of airport, port, and border security want some private-sector help in developing the next-generation IT and other technology that will speed U.S. travel and tourism processes.

The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection have jointly announced a slew of openings under DHS's Loaned Executive Program, which brings private-sector executives into federal agencies for unpaid six-month assignments.

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State CIOs Press Federal Leaders on Cross-Jurisdiction Hot Buttons

May 16, 2014

Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) met with federal CIOs on strengthening ties on cybersecurity, extending broadband to schools, and public safety information sharing.  Global's Designated Federal Official, Mr. J. Patrick McCreary, BJA Associate Deputy Director, was among those federal leaders who engaged with state CIOs. NASCIO is a long-standing, active contributor to and member agency of the Global Advisory Committee (GAC). 

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Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Releases 2014 Program Plan

May 14, 2014

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has launched a new, searchable online document of current funding opportunities and new initiatives, the OJP Program Plan. It features the latest and most complete information regarding both competitive and noncompetitive grants, training and technical assistance, research, and other resources available to the justice community. The Program Plan is divided into 10 thematically organized sections. Also available, instructions on how to apply for Formula Grants and assistance, a Glossary of acronyms and definitions, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and an alphabetical Index of the programs found in the Plan. Visit the Program Plan today!

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National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X)

May 13, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is spearheading the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), a program designed to generate nationally representative incident-based data on crimes reported to law enforcement agencies. NCS-X will leverage the FBI’s existing National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) by recruiting a sample of 400 law enforcement agencies to supplement the existing NIBRS data by providing their incident data to their state (or the federal) NIBRS data collection program. When data from these 400 agencies are combined with data from the more than 6,000 agencies that currently report NIBRS data to the FBI, NIBRS will be able to produce national estimates of crime that can be disaggregated by victim/offender characteristics, the circumstances of the event, victim-offender relationship, and other important elements of criminal events.  When completed, nationally representative NIBRS data will increase our nation’s ability to monitor, respond to, and prevent crime by allowing NIBRS to produce timely, detailed, and accurate national measures of crime incidents.

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Understanding, Promoting, and Sustaining the Use of Research and Evidence-Based Practices By State Administering Agencies

May 9, 2014

The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is working on a project to provide assistance to the State Administering Agencies (SAA) in understanding and implementing evidence-based practices (EBP) in their states. JRSA surveyed the SAA directors regarding EBPs in their states, and also conducted a literature review. The interviews captured information regarding the varying definitions of evidence-based practices that are employed by the SAAs, research and evaluation resources available to the SAAs and their sub-grantees, and the ways these agencies structure priorities and program decisions based on the needs of their respective states. In addition, respondents provided feedback about factors that facilitate or constrain their involvement in evidence-based practices.

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NASCIO Executive Committee Member Sills Appointed to U.S. Global Advisory Committee

May 7, 2014

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is honored to announce that Jim Sills, NASCIO Executive Committee Director and Delaware Cabinet Secretary and CIO, was appointed to serve as the new NASCIO representative to the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (GAC). Representing NASCIO, state CIOs have served on Global for more than a dozen years.

GAC operates under the support and leadership auspices of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Sills will serve alongside more than 30 independent organizations spanning the spectrum of justice- and public safety-interested constituencies. Member organizations participate in Global out of shared responsibility and a shared belief that, together, they can bring about positive change in interorganizational communication and data sharing.

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An International Maritime Domain Information Sharing Exercise

May 6, 2014

The exercise afforded the team several successes and opportunities for improvement. Opportunities for improvement revolved around understanding the differences in how the partners manage and exchange information, as well as the different levels of maturity within various information sharing systems or processes. A significant success was the level of participation and interest in maritime information sharing. Participants included partners from several federal agencies, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Michigan State Police.

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Registration Now Open: National Forum on Criminal Justice - August 10-13 in Breckenridge, Colorado

May 1, 2014
The National Forum on Criminal Justice is a unique opportunity for leaders from all levels of government, and the public and private sectors to share ideas about crime reduction and prevention strategies.
The Forum is sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the IJIS Institute, and the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA). The event is open to anyone who works in criminal justice.

 

Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) To Hold Webinar Meeting on April 28

April 28, 2014
On April 28, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. ET, the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) will convene via Webinar. The agenda will include discussion of the 2013 FACJJ Report and Report Dissemination Plan, future activities of the FACJJ, and a plan for the fall 2014 in-person meeting. Composed of members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice, the committee advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.
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Social Media Analysis Aids Washington Mudslide Response

April 25, 2014
A social media monitoring tool developed last year by Pierce County, Washington, got its first real-world use last month during search and rescue efforts following the massive mudslide in Washington state.

 

Revised Global Information Sharing Standard Released: Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Execution Context Guidelines, Version 1.3

April 22, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC), is pleased to announce the following:


A minor revision to the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Execution Context Guidelines standard has been released and can be accessed through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) at http://it.ojp.gov/gist/72/Global-Reference-Architecture--GRA--Execution-Context-Guidelines.


Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Execution Context Guidelines, Version 1.3


The purpose of this document is to elaborate on the concept of execution context as defined in the Global Reference Architecture (GRA). It will do so by providing guidelines to practitioners overseeing the implementation of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) regarding the implementation of infrastructure to support:


1. REACHABILITY—The ability of service consumers and services to communicate.
2. WILLINGNESS—The ability of service consumers and service providers to express and enforce their willingness to interact.
3. AWARENESS—The ability of service consumers to be aware of services that may provide a real-world effect that they need.
4. INTERMEDIARIES—The ability to deploy intermediaries, connectors, and adapters.
 

This revision in particular added section 3.4.5 on adaptor and connector architectural options.


For more information on Global, please visit http://www.it.ojp.gov/global.

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Funding Opportunity to Implement Evidence-Based Pretrial Practices

April 21, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has recently announced they are seeking applications for the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative (SPDI) grant. The SPDI grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based pretrial justice by encouraging local and tribal jurisdictions to effectively implement risk assessment and appropriate supervision and/or diversion strategies targeting pretrial outcomes within their jurisdiction. The IACP supports law enforcement leaders engaging in this type of work through our Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative.
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Video Evidence: A Law Enforcement Guide to Resources and Best Practices

April 16, 2014

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, is proud to release Video Evidence:  A Law Enforcement Guide to Resources and Best Practices designed for chiefs, sheriffs, and line officers to provide answers to straightforward questions they may have regarding properly securing, collecting, storing, and analyzing video, as well as to provide sources for training. 

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Feds Order EquuSearch to Stop Using Drones in Search of Crime Victims

April 16, 2014
Texas EquuSearch volunteers are gearing up for their next search, this time for 31-year-old James Stephens who went missing more than a week ago in rural Louisiana, but if they use any drones to aid them, they could run afoul of the federal government.
The group relies mostly on horseback and all terrain vehicles to search rough terrain, but it also employs small, four-pound aerial drones to survey the ground with digital cameras.

Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity Main FBI Priorities, Comey Tells Lawmakers

April 14, 2014
The threat from terrorism has metastasized as independent actors mimic a weakened Al Qaeda, FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers, also outlining the persistent cyber threat from high-tech thieves in China.
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How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

April 10, 2014
Initially, Matthew Gerber didn't believe Twitter could help predict where crimes might occur. For one thing, Twitter's 140-character limit leads to slang and abbreviations and neologisms that are hard to analyze from a linguistic perspective. Beyond that, while criminals occasionally taunt law enforcement via Twitter, few are dumb or bold enough to tweet their plans ahead of time. "My hypothesis was there was nothing there," says Gerber.

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 8, 2014
The theme for this year’s observance is “Making Meaningful Connections.” During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share their child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. In observance, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service has posted “Special Feature: Child Abuse,” a compilation of publications and resources on the prevalence, prevention, and responses to child abuse.

2014 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series: Child Sex Trafficking

April 4, 2014

The Child Sex Trafficking Seminar, April 29–May 1, 2014, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is part of the 2014 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series, which is a series of introductory and intermediate analytic courses to support the training of analysts in analytic competencies and tradecraft offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Child Sex Trafficking Seminar is a 2½-day event focusing on the details of how to investigate child sex trafficking.  Although the event focuses mainly on operational strategies and tactics used to investigate child sex trafficking, topics related to analytics—such as quantifying this specific problem within a given area—and intelligence sharing will be presented as well.  This seminar is designed for law enforcement investigators, analysts, and prosecutors.  Additional partner organizations for this event include the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; DHS Blue Campaign; Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center; Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center; and Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Office of Homeland Security. 

Topics include:
• How to Utilize Online Chat Rooms
• How to Use Online Advertisement Web Sites
• Undercover Operations to Combat Child Sex Trafficking
• International Child Sex Trafficking Investigations
• Current and Future Solutions to Human Trafficking Information Sharing
• Utilizing Survey Results to Quantify Law Enforcement’s Awareness of and Involvement in Human Trafficking-Related Activity
• Victim Impact Statements
• Prosecution of Traffickers of Children

Registration
There is no registration fee for the seminars. Law enforcement and analytic personnel may register for this seminar at http://dhs.anl.gov/analyticseminar.  This site includes additional details regarding registration and logistics.

For questions regarding the Specialized Analytic Seminar Series, please visit the OJP Event Calendar or e-mail analyticseminars@anl.gov

All Seminar Topics and Locations
• Child Sex Trafficking:  April 29–May 1, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia
• Cybersecurity:  June 5–6, 2014, Albany, New York
• Air Domain:  August 12–13, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee
• Suspicious Activity Reporting:  October 8–9, 2014, Glendale, AZ

Global Featured In New Edition of the BJA- and OJJDP-Supported National Gang Center Newsletter!

April 2, 2014

See "Global: Collaboration and Information Sharing for Better Juvenile Justice" on pages 5–7 of the newsletter, available at http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Newsletter.

Fork It, Grab It, Use It: Announcing Project Interoperability

March 28, 2014
Information interoperability is the ability to transfer and use information in a consistent, efficient way across multiple organizations and IT systems.  From a technical perspective, interoperability is fostered through the consistent application of design principles and design standards to address a specific mission problem.
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States To Pilot Sharing Corrections Data

March 27, 2014
In the last decade, state policymakers have enacted measures aimed at reducing offender recidivism, lowering corrections costs and improving safety. However, those reforms may not reach their potential if states lack effective systems for exchanging accurate and timely criminal justice information, according to the National Governors Association.
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OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Prescription Monitoring Program Information Exchange (PMIX) Service

March 26, 2014

To all Global Workspace account holders:

The Global Standards Council’s Services Task Team is pleased to make available for public comment the draft  Prescription Monitoring Program Information Exchange (PMIX) Service. The purpose of the service is to support the establishment and operation of automated PMIX capabilities between states’ Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) services.
To review and comment on this service, please go to www.globaljusticetools.net.  DEADLINE to review and comment is APRIL 4, 2014.

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OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Minor Revision to Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Execution Context Guidelines, Version 1.2

March 25, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to make available for public comment a minor revision to the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Execution Context Guidelines, Version 1.2.

To review and comment, please go to www.globaljusticetools.net. DEADLINE to review and comment is April 2, 2014.

Background:  The purpose of these edits is to reflect lessons learned from GRA implementation projects regarding adapters and connectors. Traditionally, it has been an overall Global goal that justice COTS product vendors embed support for Global standards directly in their products. However, implementation experience shows this is merely one option and quite possibly neither the optimal nor most frequently pursued option. A second option is to view the adapter/connector layer as separate from (but obviously tightly bound to) the provider/consumer system layer. The choice of whether to combine these two layers in one system, or have them be separate but integrated, will depend on many factors, including the system’s architecture/platform, the agency’s upgrade path, available funding, etc. Ultimately, adding flexibility of approach to the Global guidelines will allow market forces, rather than Global, determine the optimal approach to standards conformance and interoperability. In turn, it is expected these resultant market forces and practitioner choice will result in lower costs and, ultimately, greater information sharing.

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RISSNET™ Live on HSIN!

March 24, 2014
The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is always looking for teaming opportunities to more effectively serve our public safety and homeland security communities. After a great deal of hard work and preparation, we are very excited to announce that HSIN and the Regional Information Sharing System® (RISS) have achieved an initial interoperability milestone between the two networks! Accessibility of RISS’ resources through HSIN enables us to expand our effectiveness to support law enforcement, emergency managers and first responders with the tools and resources they need. RISS’ secure RISSNET is one of the most resilient networks for helping protect our nation and I am very proud to announce this partnership which gives users expanded access to the information they need to help keep our nation safe.
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JRSA Webinar Opportunity: Incident-Based Data as an Analytical Tool to Address Policy - March 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

March 14, 2014
Incident-based data reported by law enforcement capture numerous elements that can help uncover patterns about particular types of crime, crime victims, arrestees, and other factors. The knowledge provided from analyzing IBR data has contributed to strategic and operational changes in law enforcement agencies, the creation of more effective prevention programs, the establishment of educational programs for victims and advocacy groups, and changes in justice policy. The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate the utility of incident-based data as an analytic tool to address matters relevant to policy. Presenters will discuss issues they have addressed using such data: how they analyzed the data, how the findings led to a better understanding of problems such as domestic violence and disproportionate minority contact, and the policy and/or strategic implications of their findings. They will also discuss the limitations of the data and possible future research to further explore the issue.

Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Applications are Due May 6, 2014

March 13, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for funding under the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to plan, implement, and enhance prescription drug monitoring programs to prevent and reduce misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and aid in investigations of pharmaceutical crime.
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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program—Applications Due May 6, 2014

March 12, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications from eligible entities to plan and implement place-based, community-oriented strategies to address targeted crime issues within a neighborhood as a part of a broader neighborhood revitalization initiative. Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) resources will target hot spots of crime where a significant proportion of crime occurs as compared to the overall jurisdiction. BCJI furthers the Department’s mission by leading efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that help advance broader neighborhood development goals.
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Solving Cold Cases With DNA: The Boston Strangler Case

March 7, 2014
Over the years, NIJ has funded the examination of "cold cases" across the country through its Solving Cold Cases with DNA program. The funding helps police departments identify, review, investigate, and analyze violent crime cold cases that could be solved through DNA analysis. Sometimes the cases are so old that DNA testing did not yet exist when the crimes were committed, and testing biological evidence now might show a match with a suspect.
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Justice Information Sharing Solutions Implementation Program: Applications Due April 1, 2014

March 5, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the FY 2014 Justice Information Sharing Solutions (JIS) Implementation Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system through more effective information sharing, multi-agency collaboration, and implementation of data-driven, evidence-based strategies.

GSC Service Specifications Available for Public Comment: Deadline March 14, 2014

March 4, 2014
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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC), is pleased to make available for public comment the following five artifacts:

Two new documents have been created to be added to the Global Standards Package (GSP) portfolio:
1. Business Process Description Document (BPDD)
2. Service Interaction Process Modeling Profile (SIPMP)

The following previously published GRA standards have been revised:
1. Service Specification Guideline (SSG)
2. Service Description Document (SDD) Template
3. Service Interface Description Document (SIDD) Template

To review additional background on above, and to access and comment, please direct your attention to http://www.globaljusticetools.net/.

DEADLINE to review and comment is MARCH 14, 2014.
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IACP Names New Executive Director, Vincent Talucci

March 3, 2014
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Following the process established during the previous Executive Director search in 2011,  the IACP Board and Executive Committee conducted a thorough qualifications review and candidate interview process.   As a result of this process, it was decided that Mr. Vincent Talucci was the most qualified candidate for the position.
 
Mr. Talucci joined the IACP staff in 2002 and has held several senior positions within the association, most recently serving as Deputy Executive Director. From 2010 to 2012, Vincent left the IACP to gain private sector experience working at SAS. The knowledge he gained through his private sector experience has significantly contributed to modernizing and advancing IACP operations, policies, and outreach efforts.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Entity Resolution and Merge Notification Services Drafts Available For Public Comment

February 28, 2014
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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to make available for public comment the draft Entity Resolution and Merge Notification Services. When used in conjunction with one another, the services are expected to assist investigators in building a complete entity, i.e. person, place, item, location, etc., profile based on entity records from multiple justice systems, and will provide investigators with additional entity information that could lead to criminal apprehension.

Please direct your attention to http://www.globaljusticetools.net/ to access and comment on these standards.

DEADLINE to review and comment is MARCH 7, 2014.
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NTTAC Launches Interactive Web-Based System for BJA TTA Grantees

February 27, 2014
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BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) launched the BJA TTA Portal (formerly known as the Online Collaboration Portal, or OCP)—a Web-based system that facilitates increased collaboration among BJA staff and BJA’s TTA grantees. Some of the system’s key features include the ability to view up-to-date information on TTA activity trends, search directories to identify relevant BJA criminal justice partners, and a geographic information system to visually see the distribution of BJA NTTAC TTA activity across the United States. Within the BJA TTA Portal, BJA TTA grantees, who support similar criminal justice topics, can interact with one another through various interest groups and communities of interest.
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What Obama's New Cyber Standards Mean for Federal Contractors

February 21, 2014
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The White House issued voluntary cyber standards aimed at defending key private networks essential to U.S. societybut it could be years before the benefits are noticeable.
 
While optional for industry, it is expected that the guidelineswhich encourage reporting data breaches to the governmentwill be required for federal contractors.
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Live Video Surveillance Technology Installed on Boston Buses Using DHS Grant

February 20, 2014
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City buses in Boston will be equipped with $7 million worth of live video surveillance technology—thanks to the Department of Homeland Security.

New 360-degree lenses will soon be fixtures in 225 buses, a local CBS affiliate reported. Officials plan to have the installation complete by the end of summer.

AMBER Alerts Now Available on Twitter

February 6, 2014
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On January 13, 2014, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced the launch of an AMBER Alert Twitter account to allow 49 million users nationwide to receive AMBER Alerts using the handle @AMBERAlert.

This announcement comes on AMBER Alert Awareness Day, which recognizes the AMBER Alert program of urgent bulletins to assist in the search for and rescue of abducted children. The alerts are distributed by media, transportation agencies, the wireless industry, Internet service providers, the trucking industry, and others.
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GTRI Launches Trustmark Web Site at Identity Ecosystem Steering Group Meeting

February 5, 2014
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The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) hosted the 7th plenary of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) January 1416, 2014, in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). 

The new Web site will facilitate a common understanding of trustmarks and a trustmark framework.  Artifacts resulting from the GTRI pilot project will be posted at this Web site along with blogs and other related information. 

Evaluating the Next Generation of Fingerprint Technology

January 30, 2014
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A suspect holds his palms next to his face during a police booking and has his fingerprints captured alongside his mugshot. A visitor passes her hand over a flat scanner without breaking stride to gain access to a secure courthouse. An inmate holds his finger in a portal to authorize a purchase at a correctional commissary.

Sound futuristic? Well, it actually is, but within the next few years, it might not be.

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5 Tech Policy Issues to Watch in 2014

January 27, 2014
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From phone-tracking devices to giving kids the ability to delete online posts, here are a few pieces of technology legislation you should keep an eye on this year.

For an associated/responsive resource for the field, please see the International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) recently released "Technology Policy Framework," drafted to help law enforcement executives create policies that support responsible technology deployment and use.

Mid-January Edition of "JUSTINFO" Released

January 24, 2014
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Published on the 1st and 15th of each month, JUSTINFO highlights NCJRS sponsor agency information, materials, funding, and trainings.

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Progress on Identity Management: Highlighting Government and Industry Pilot Projects

January 23, 2014
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The guidance we get in the wake of these breaches is to embrace password requirements that are more and more complex (14 characters with uppercase, lowercase, symbols and numbers!  Don’t write any of them down!  Don’t use the same one twice!) in an effort to make them “more secure.”  But the end result is often not better security but rather a heavier burden on the user, who is forced to remember an endless and unusable array of character combinationsand more often than not throws his hands up and uses the same password everywhere he goes.
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Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP): There Will Be Three SMIP Sessions In 2014

January 21, 2014
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SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum Program that provides senior police executives intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government. A demanding three-week course, SMIP brings together a faculty from some of the nation's top universities, successful law enforcement chief executives, and subject-matter experts from the private sector. It is designed for mid-to-upper level police executives who will ultimately lead police agencies throughout the United States and other participating countries. SMIP’s curriculum addresses those issues that demand the attention of today’s forward-thinking law enforcement leaders. Classes are held at Boston University where participants learn and reside in the university’s finest classrooms and residence hall.

ACP Supports Creating National Rx Drug Monitoring Database

January 8, 2014
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration currently runs a monitoring program aimed at reducing prescription drug misuse by offering health care providers access to clinical decision support data (iHealthBeat, 5/31).
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The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) is Pleased to Announce the Release of Two Subject Contact Services

January 7, 2014
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The Subject Contact Notification and Subject Contact Subscription Services are designed to facilitate the bidirectional sharing of client interaction information between agencies and programs that bridge the criminal justice and human services domains to provide for better decision making in regard to supervision decisions and social support as they apply to clients, their families, and the community.  Public safety, as well as the health and welfare, recovery, self-sufficiency, and well-being of the individual, family, and community, is paramount to the process.
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PM-ISE Shepherds Secure Data Sharing Tool From Validation to Expansion

January 6, 2014
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Nearly two years in the making, the Justice Department proved that governing the online access of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to specific data is both possible and beneficial.

Through the back-end attribute exchange, agencies can have a standard way for different organizations to safely and securely share data.