News Archive

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

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



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.


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. 


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.

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

There is no registration fee for the seminars. Law enforcement and analytic personnel may register for this seminar at  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

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

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.

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.

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  DEADLINE to review and comment is APRIL 4, 2014.


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 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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Seal of the Office of Justice Programs
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

DEADLINE to review and comment is MARCH 14, 2014.

IACP Names New Executive Director, Vincent Talucci

March 3, 2014
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.

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 to access and comment on these standards.

DEADLINE to review and comment is MARCH 7, 2014.

NTTAC Launches Interactive Web-Based System for BJA TTA Grantees

February 27, 2014
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.

What Obama's New Cyber Standards Mean for Federal Contractors

February 21, 2014
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.

Live Video Surveillance Technology Installed on Boston Buses Using DHS Grant

February 20, 2014
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
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.

GTRI Launches Trustmark Web Site at Identity Ecosystem Steering Group Meeting

February 5, 2014
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
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.


5 Tech Policy Issues to Watch in 2014

January 27, 2014
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
Published on the 1st and 15th of each month, JUSTINFO highlights NCJRS sponsor agency information, materials, funding, and trainings.


Progress on Identity Management: Highlighting Government and Industry Pilot Projects

January 23, 2014
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.

Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP): There Will Be Three SMIP Sessions In 2014

January 21, 2014
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
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).

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) is Pleased to Announce the Release of Two Subject Contact Services

January 7, 2014
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.

PM-ISE Shepherds Secure Data Sharing Tool From Validation to Expansion

January 6, 2014
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.

Video Game Puts the "Edge" in First Responder Training

December 10, 2013
EDGE is a government-owned prototype built on the popular Unreal Engine, the same platform behind many consumer first-person shooter and online role-playing games.​ In law enforcement’s case, however, EDGE allows players to control an in-game avatar, navigate terrain and also use vehicles, equipment, and tools to apprehend suspects, evacuate bystanders, and perform other site-specific actions.

Problem Solving Courts

December 4, 2013
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has released a major research report evaluating the Red Hook Community Justice Center, which concludes that the community court model can reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in a cost-efficient way. The report, A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn:  A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, marks the third community court evaluation by NCSC researchers. Funding for the Red Hook evaluation was provided by a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

A New Model for Defense Intelligence

November 27, 2013
The exponential rate of change in the present global environment makes today’s security landscape particularly challenging, and projections promise that the challenges will only increase. In this complex and uncertain future, intelligence, cyber, Special Operations Forces and international partnerships will take on more prominent and critical roles in the nation’s defense and warfare for decades to come.

CBOB Nomination Period Opens12/13

November 20, 2013
December 13, 2013, marks the opening of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery nomination period. Enacted in 2008, the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act honors federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers for exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty.

IJIS Institute National Symposium—Early Bird Registration Ends 12/17/13

November 19, 2013
Since 9/11, the United States has strived to improve information sharing among agencies at all levels of government. Despite all of the progress that has been made, much is left to be done. Join the IJIS National Symposium on "Information Sharing and Standards for Justice, Public Safety and Homeland Security," to hear from government information technology (IT) leaders and experts on information sharing practices, technology, and standards that will move information sharing along the road to greater adoption. 


Emergency Managers Expanding Communication Channels to Increase Public Safety Awareness

November 15, 2013
As mobile technologies and social media channels continue to penetrate Americans’ communications behaviors, emergency managers are working diligently to ensure emergency communications keep pace. This is one of the findings from the 2013 Federal Signal Public Safety Survey, which examines some of the greatest challenges currently faced by emergency managers. The survey, following on the heels of September’s National Emergency Preparedness Month, comes as recent tragedies in Yosemite National Park and Aurora, Colorado, remind Americans of the unpredictable and devastating effects man-made and natural disasters can have.

DOD Explores Standards-Based Approach to Information Sharing

November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, November 8, 2013 – The participation this week of DOD Deputy Chief Information Officer David DeVries on a panel of information sharing experts is an example of department efforts over several years to make its information environment relevant in the 21st century and beyond.

Suspicious Activity Reporting Training Improves, Expands to New Audiences

November 7, 2013
Training is essential to the adoption of any new concept, process, or capabilitybut only if it’s working. Recently, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) measured the impact of their SAR Line Officer Training on a variety of stakeholders.

DHS To Launch Mobile, Multifactor Authentication Pilot

November 5, 2013
The Homeland Security Department will soon launch a mobile device security pilot for multifactor authentication that does not directly use personal identity verification, or PIV.

Why Data Sharing Lags Among Law Enforcement Agencies

October 31, 2013
Computerworld - In 2008, the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services division (CJIS) embarked on an ambitious effort to enable information sharing among every federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agency in the United States. It launched the National Data Exchange (N-DEx), an $85 million data warehouse project, and waited for the data to roll in. Kevin Reid, the program manager at that time, expected the majority of agencies to be voluntarily participating by 2009two years ahead of plan.

Today, five years later, around 4,200 of the nation's 18,000 law enforcement organizationsaround 23 percent of agenciesare contributing data to the system. Money, politics, and technology have all played a role in the delays.

“NIEM in November” Brings It All Together! — November 6, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October 25, 2013
“NIEM in November” will be a day-long get-together for the NIEM community to share exciting news, updates, and accolades. This year, the NIEM training team is doing something different:  on-site and virtual participation options are available, so whether you are in the Washington, DC, area or not, you can attend. NIEM in November will include the official NIEM 3.0 launch, Best of NIEM awards, and much more!

See for details.


NASCIO to Partner With Georgia Tech Research Institute on NIEF QuickStart Program

October 23, 2013
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - Building on the adoption of the National Identity Exchange Federation (NIEF), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has partnered with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) to pilot the NIEF QuickStart Program in multiple states to promote data exchange among law enforcement, public safety, and emergency management agencies.

The goal of the pilot is to provide a standard, commoditized capability of trusted identity and attribute sharing. NIEF member agencies can leverage this capability to achieve wide-scale identity reuse, single sign-on (SSO) to resources, and policy compliant control of access to the broadest set of public safety-related information resources at all levels of government. This approach promises to deliver a marked improvement in the efficiency and automation of policy-based access control decisions on information resources. The goals of the pilot are to strategically jump-start key states' information exchange capabilities, improve awareness of NIEF's strategic vision, and drive an increased value proposition for all NIEF participants.

"States have struggled to develop identity trust frameworks, but the NIEF QuickStart Program will demonstrate the value proposition of a common framework," stated NASCIO Executive Director, Doug Robinson. "The value of any federation or information sharing environment increases with the number of participants, and the pilot participants will be seeds that drive wide adoption."

GTRI will assist selected participants by facilitating and shepherding them through NIEF's formal on-boarding process. It is expected that the selected on-boarding projects will be completed in approximately twelve (12) months.

SEARCH Announces Availibility of Funds and TA for Justice Information Sharing Projects

October 22, 2013
SEARCH is pleased to announce the availability of funds and technical assistance for justice information sharing implementation projects. The solicitation offers direct funding of up to $50,000 and technical assistance with the design, development, and implementation of information sharing initiatives for state/local/tribal jurisdictions.  The due date for this solicitation is November 22, 2013.  We hope that by broadly advertising this solicitation throughout the justice community we will receive a significant number of applications for a wide range of information sharing projects.

Social Media Transforms The Way Chicago Fights Gang Violence

October 21, 2013
After experiencing a homicide rate that earned it international attention last year, Chicago is upending the traditional style of policing and using social networks to rank people’s likelihood of killing and being killed.

The Promises and Pitfalls of Social Media—For Police

October 18, 2013
For years, teens in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, have taken to the local cemetery for after-hours, underage and very illegal parties.
And for years, the cops in the Philadelphia suburb have played a cat-and-mouse game to break up the graveyard debaucheries.
But this year, when the cops caught teens drinking in the cemetery, they didn't just file some paperwork—they also tweeted about it.

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) is pleased to announce the release of the Charging Service Specification, Version 1.0.

October 4, 2013
Charging Service Specification, Version 1.0.

FeaturesThe Charging Service provides the mechanism for the receipt of charging information by the appropriate prosecutor case management system and a court case management system. It obtains charging information from a particular system (e.g., law enforcement) and sends it to other criminal justice agencies as appropriate (e.g., courts, prosecutors) in an effort to increase the accuracy and timeliness of sharing the initial charging information.

BenefitsThe Charging Service will assist justice agencies by supporting more efficient and effective sharing of charging information, including bill of information and complaints and indictments to appropriate agencies and individuals within the justice system.

Twitter Launches an Alert System for Emergencies

October 3, 2013
Twitter is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to get emergency information directly from vetted, credible organizations. The system, called Twitter Alerts, will deliver tweets marked as an alert by approved organizations through the traditional timeline feed and via SMS to a user’s cellphone. In addition, users who have the Twitter app for iPhone or Android will receive a push notification with the alert information. 
The new system was announced on Wednesday, September 25, and mimics a similar feature that helps Japanese users find emergency Twitter accounts during times of crisis. 

NIEM in November Brings It All Together

October 2, 2013
We’re bringing together the NIEM community to share exciting news, updates, and accolades.

Save the Date:  November 6, 2013

Maybe you've been to a NIEM National Training Event (NTE) in the past. Maybe you haven't. This year we're doing something different! NIEM in November will be a day-long, live and virtual get-together for the NIEM community. So whether you're in the Washington, DC, area or not, anyone can attend. Let's meet in November!

When: November 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Where: In Person: National Defense University, 300 5th Avenue, Fort McNair, Washington, DC 20319-5066
            Virtual: Live webcast

What: NIEM in November will include:
•  A panel discussion of the past, present, and future of NIEM
•  The official NIEM 3.0 launch
•  Lightning rounds with NIEM domain leaders
•  Best of NIEM awards
•  A Geo4NIEM demo
•  And much more!

And remember, if you want to nominate an individual or project for Best of NIEM, submit your nomination by October 10!

Registration for NIEM in November will open later this month. NIEM in November is free and open to everyone.

Navy Yard Shooting Reiterates Importance of Information Sharing Networks

October 1, 2013
As new details emerge regarding the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, we’re seeing many conflicting reports, retractions, and clarifications from the press. The intense efforts by the press to verify exactly what happened can also be said for the law enforcement community at this time. Due to the nature and location of the shooting, multiple local and federal agencies are involved in the investigation and protecting those on the ground, which makes an already complicated situation even more complex.


West Virginia, Kansas City Data Centers on Track for Government Business

September 30, 2013
DC Corp is launching a first data center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with an eye toward government customers. With 22 federal agencies already operating in West Virginia, Chuck Asbury, the company’s CEO, said he hopes the new data center in Martinsburg will appeal to government. 

Only 90 miles from Washington, DC, but “outside the blast zone,” the Tier 3 facility will provide backup, disaster recovery, or live hosting services as well as the option for organizations to build out the space as they see fit.

Intell Community Strives for Better Info Sharing

September 26, 2013
The information-thirsty intelligence community (IC) realized years ago that each of its 17 component agencies gobbling up and storing swaths of data isn't the best use of the billions of dollars spent gathering intelligenceor the best use of the data.
That awareness led to the IC Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE) strategy, proposed by Director of National Intelligence Director James Clapper in 2011, designed to unify communication and information sharing within the IC.

Online Training for 911 Call Center Infuses a Multimedia Experience

September 25, 2013
Traditional employee training often involves sitting in a classroom and taking quizzes on the course material after an instructor provides a lesson. To avoid pulling employees into a classroom during work hours, training administrators at the Snohomish County, Washington, 911 call center (SNOPAC 911) enlisted the assistance of a Web-based training system.
SNOPAC is a regional, consolidated emergency communications center that provides 911 and dispatching services to 39 public safety agencies in Snohomish County where 630,000 incidents are handled every year. It’s one of the largest 911 centers in Washington state and covers nearly 80 percent of Snohomish’s geography, said Kurt Mills, SNOPAC’s executive director.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 2013 IJIS Institute National Symposium

September 24, 2013
Since 9/11 the United States has strived to improve information sharing amongst agencies at all levels of government. Despite all of the progress that has been made, much is left to be done. Join the IJIS Institute National Symposium on “Information Sharing and Standards for Justice, Public Safety and Homeland Security,” to hear from government information technology (IT) leaders and experts on information sharing practices, technology and standards that will move information sharing along the road to greater adoption. 


Pentaho Blends Data At The Source For Better Decision Making

September 23, 2013
Government agencies and businesses can get a more complete picture of their organizations when big data analytics is blended with operational and other data sources.
Pentaho is moving to address that need with a revamped analytics platform that integrates any data, in any environment, across a full spectrum of analytics, company officials said in a release.

Interoperability Strengthened by Upgrades and Expansion to DHS’s Homeland Security Information Network

September 20, 2013
Recent upgrades to the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) will significantly expand the Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU) user community and increase federated interoperability. This is a community that includes federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, analysts, and first responders.

DHS is now releasing a new and improved HSIN platform, HSIN Release 3 (R3), which includes enhanced security, new collaboration features, and more advanced document management capabilities.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

September 19, 2013
This October marks the tenth National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an effort to educate millions of people each year about the importance of online safety and security. During the month, leaders from the public and private sectors will come together to advance its universal theme that protecting the Internet is “Our Shared Responsibility.”

Software That Eliminates Transcription Errors in Healthcare and Law Enforcement Interviews

September 18, 2013
This software for tablets and notebook computers eliminates transcription errors and lost paperwork in the investigative interviews conducted by healthcare providers, law enforcement officers, and others. Interviewers today typically use printed guides, circling numbers, checking boxes, and writing notes later entered into a computer database. This system often leads to lost hard copies and data-entry errors, rendering the information gathered in the interview useless. Researchers at the University of Florida have designed software that safeguards against these errors. The software transforms existing interview templates into more intuitive and organized flowcharts that feature a convenient graphical user interface with touch-screen control. The software enables direct data entry and automatically sends the information to a server for safe storage. Because this software ensures instant digital recording, backed up on a secure server, it eliminates errors associated with unrecognizable handwriting and data loss. The software can support contact investigations made by general healthcare providers, epidemiologists, law-enforcement professionals, and others.

JusticeMobile App Gives Officers Direct Access to Criminal Information

September 17, 2013
California’s peace officers will soon have another crime-fighting tool to reach for, a smartphone. On September 9, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr launched the JusticeMobile app from the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

DC Police Chief: Technology Has Reinvented Law Enforcement and the Learning Curve is Steep

September 16, 2013
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Technology has completely reinvented law enforcement. It has been an enormous challenge for law enforcement agencies to learn how to use and integrate technology, develop appropriate policies, and figure out how to protect data and information, said DC Chief of Police Cathy Lanier during an informative and often humorous keynote speech at the Global Intelligence Forum on July 30 in Washington, DC.

After NSA Encryption Furor, Tech Companies Ask for More Transparency

September 12, 2013
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Following revelations that the NSA may be compromising encryption standards, tech companies in the United States are on the defensive, answering the potential threat to their own reputations with expressions of outrage and a volley of petitions to publish more information about government requests.

Google filed a transparency petition on September 9, 2013, seeking the ability to publish "detailed statistics" about information sought for U.S. foreign intelligence gathering. The company joins Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo in doing so.

Can Google Glass Help First Responders?

September 6, 2013
First responders can now access critical data in the field as well as link back to central command, and Google Glass lets them do it hands-free.

Through the use of Google Glass, communications vendor Mutualink may soon give public safety and military personnel a chance to capture some of the half-robot, half-man’s technological capabilities. Showcased from August 18 to 21 at the annual Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in Anaheim, California, Mutualink demonstrated how Google Glass could serve real-time information, hands-free, to public safety officials using their interoperability communications platform.

FirstNet, APCO Partner on Apps for Public Safety

September 3, 2013
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International to work cooperatively to foster and promote useful and effective mobile applications (apps) for public safety and emergency response purposes.

A National Call to Action Released

August 29, 2013
The National Center for State Courts recently released a National Call to Action, Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Litigants: Creating Solutions to Language Barriers in State Courts, which offers steps courts can take to implement and/or improve their language access programs. In recent years, courts have experienced a significant increase in the need for qualified court interpreters in numerous languages.

Courts across the nation have demonstrated a commitment to providing language access services as a fundamental principle of law, fairness, and access to justice. The Call to Action builds on their commitment.

The Importance of Emergency Contingency Plans

August 26, 2013
The contingency plans created by local governments, businesses, schools, and hospitals are often intertwined and dependent on one another. The government needs the community to bounce back from disaster quickly to avoid an economic downturn, and businesses need the area safe and clear to remain open. Everything is interconnected. State and local governments need to work with individual entities to ensure a community not only survives a disaster but also thrives.

Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance

August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON—The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with researchers working on the project.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security tested a crowd-scanning project called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System—or BOSS—last fall after two years of government-financed development. Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. Privacy advocates say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

What Will Big Data Disrupt in Five Years?

August 22, 2013
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Every piece of mail sent in America is photographed, monitored, and analyzed by supercomputers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mines social media data to track and predict disease outbreaks in real time and perhaps the most complex big data operation on Earth, maintained by the National Security Agency, analyzes vast amounts of Internet data and phone records for foreign signals intelligence.

Groundbreaking SecureView Empowers Intell Analysts, Protects Data

August 21, 2013
“Connecting the dots” has become an increasingly public and controversial practice, as recent headlines will attest. Nonetheless, it has always been a primary goal of the intelligence community--one that got more complex after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
When the 9/11 Commission highlighted the critical importance of collaboration between intelligence-gathering agencies, it still insisted that, for security reasons, the information feeds analysts received from different networks remain completely separate from each other.  

Addressing Cyber Threats

August 20, 2013
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BJA is working with the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Committee (CICC), a working group of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, to help law enforcement agencies work with their respective communities to address cyber-related threats. This initiative includes partnerships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and national stakeholders to coordinate resources targeting cybercrime, cyber espionage, and other malicious cyber activities. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve outreach to law enforcement and provide information about who they should contact for assistance involving prevention, response, and investigation when they encounter varying levels of cyber activities.

15 IT Projects Win 2013 GCN Awards

August 16, 2013
Fifteen public-sector IT projects—showing technical creativity, a willingness to test emerging technologies and the perseverance to push for big, cross-agency IT improvements in an era of budget and cost cutting—have been named winners of the 2013 GCN Awards for IT achievement.

The winning projects ranged from an Agriculture Department project that uses satellite imagery to help bust crop insurance fraudsters, to the world’s biggest software and system hackathon organized for the needs of government. 

A New Way to Access UCR Statistics

August 14, 2013
The FBI has gathered crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the nation that voluntarily participate in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program since 1930. These data have been published each year, and since 1958, have been available in the publication Crime in the United States (CIUS). As a supplement to CIUS, the FBI, in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, provides this site that allows users to build their own customized data tables.

The Maine State Police and SEARCH: Enhancing Justice Information Sharing in Maine

August 13, 2013
In an effort to expand its information sharing capabilities, the Maine State Police (MSP) sought assistance in implementing an incident reporting process that all law enforcement agencies throughout the state could use. Concurrently, the Cumberland County (Portland) District Attorney and the Maine District Attorneys Technical Services (MEDATS) office sought a technical solution that would allow the county’s law enforcement agencies to electronically refer cases to the district attorney. Through the Maine Justice Information Sharing Architecture Steering Committee (MJISA), Maine justice agencies continually collaborate and coordinate information sharing efforts and technology projects. Through this committee, MSP and MEDATS recognized the commonalities of the two projects and agreed to develop a common information sharing infrastructure to complete both initiatives. To achieve its justice information sharing goals, MSP relied upon technical assistance provided by SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information Sharing and Statistics.
SEARCH is a national, nonprofit membership organization created by and for the states that seeks to identify and solve the information management and sharing challenges of state, local, and tribal agencies. SEARCH’s Information Sharing Programs help justice and public safety practitioners and organizations at all levels of government to improve their use of technology, information sharing capabilities, and voice and data interoperability in mission-critical projects and initiatives.  

Data Analytics Help Michigan Police Cut Crime

August 9, 2013
Imagine a society where police officers regularly stay ahead of crime and stop criminal activity before it happens. Sound too good to be true? Think again. Police departments in Oakland County, Michigan, are keeping crime down throughout the region thanks to the use of advanced crime analytics software.
More than 80 police agencies in the Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information Systems (CLEMIS) Consortium are now better analyzing crime trends and strategically deploying resources with CrimeView Dashboard, a policing and operations management system by The Omega Group. 

NIST Cybersecurity Center Moves Into High Gear

August 7, 2013
For more than 150 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has toiled in the background of federal operations, carrying out the nation's business of science ranging, as its Web site points out, from nanotechnology to skyscrapers and jetliners. Today, that tradition endures, but one key mission is raising the agency's profile: cybersecurity.

Community Policing, Trust, Engagement – A Team Approach to Law Enforcement Social Media

August 6, 2013
Social media is coming – for all of us. In 2011 several Bay Area agencies recognized this coming trend and formed the Bay Area Law Enforcement Social Media Group, (BALESMG). We quickly realized that not only were there several agencies (SMPD, Fremont PD, Redwood City PD, Mountain View PD, and Palo Alto PD to name a few) who were up and running, and comfortable with social media, there were dozens of Bay Area agencies who were experimenting, slowly edging in, or jumping in with both feet. The assistance provided by BALESMG (numbering over 50 agencies and growing), and particularly the availability of the quickly growing number of experienced PIOs, Tweeters, Nixlers, Web-masters and “One-Cop Shops” make even the newest of our group members feel well-advised and supported.

Non-Profits Push Government to Better Leverage Data

August 5, 2013
Non-profits, foundations, and universities are enthused by government’s growing interest in the use of evidence and evaluation.  They are chiming in with either support for government initiatives or undertaking their own initiatives.

BJA has supported non-profits, such as The Vera Institute of Justice, that has been promoting the use of “performance incentive funding programs, which are “a fiscal innovation that seeks to align the interests of the state corrections agency and local decision makers by rewarding the local agencies with funding when they improve their outcomes and lower their incarceration rates.”  Eight states have enacted legislation to create such programs over the past decade and the Vera Institute has been providing technical support and promoting wider dissemination of their use.

Column: Crime Stats for Short Attention Spans

August 1, 2013
Recent studies have shown that, because of the barrage of technology like the social media, our attention spans are about half what they were ten years ago. For computer users, like ticklethewire readers, this attention span has been calculated to be 8 seconds, about the same as a goldfish. For those of you who are still reading this, as a public service, the following are the latest numbers in ten law enforcement/crime categories presented as succinctly as possible.

Got A Disaster? FEMA's Got an App With Crowdsourcing for That.

July 31, 2013
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Mark Gibbs addresses FEMA crowdsourcing:

"Some time ago, I developed a Web site for some friends who are involved in the organization and support of local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) programs, and I found the whole idea of CERT fascinating and not a little sobering."
The idea behind CERT is that if there's a real emergency, such as an earthquake or a wildfire (both of which are highly likely scenarios here in California), the greater the scale of the disaster, the less likely it will be that official first responders such as fire and police services will be available. This is particularly true in more rural areas where the possibility of becoming isolated for days or even weeks is even greater than in towns and cities.

McCaul, King Release Report on National Network of Fusion Centers

July 30, 2013
This Report summarizes the results of a 19-month-long effort the Committee undertook to understand current strengths and gaps of the National Network and also includes 25 recommendations for improvement.  This comprehensive study included visits to 32 fusion centers, as well as numerous briefings and discussions with various federal partners, representatives of the National Fusion Center Association, and follow-up conversations with fusion center directors and personnel.

Tracking the Cost of Cyber Crime

July 26, 2013
Putting a dollar figure on the costs associated with cyber crime might seem, on the surface, like a relatively easy task.  If intellectual property was stolen, what was the value?  If an attack brought down a network, how much productivity was lost?  How much are organizations spending on their cybersecurity?  As it turns out, there is quite a bit more to it.

NASCIO Spotlights Effective Cross-Jurisdictional Governance

July 25, 2013
States and local government are joining up in a myriad of ways to save money and leverage economies of scale in operations to deliver better government services. The recipe for successful partnerships is explored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in the newly released Effective Cross-Jurisdictional Collaboration–Governance is Critical!  Global is highlighted as “…one of the most long standing and successful examples of cross jurisdictional collaboration in the country.”


Clearing Up Cloud Confusion

July 22, 2013
Industry analysts offer tips on making sense of the security standards that everyone hears about but few understand. A lot of vendors are aware that cloud security and auditing designations are confusing, but rather than making things simpler, some seem to use the confusion to their advantage, according to Gartner Research Vice President Jay Heiser. But there are a few tips prospective cloud services customers can arm themselves with to ensure they’re getting the right solution for their organization.

Chicago Police Got New Twitter Accounts. Will It Make A Difference?

July 21, 2013
The Monday after a very deadly Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, the city's police department announced a few tech additions to their 20-year-old Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). A suite of pilot programs, which start in three districts before expanding citywide, now enables residents to send anonymous tips via text, as well as photos, during a 911 call. Three district-specific Twitter accounts were also launched to share important alerts with the community. It may take weeks to see just how willing Chicagoans are to engage with the police, but is the Chicago Police Department itself prepared to take up these digital efforts? Twitter, the most public of the technologies involved, offers some insight on this question. 

Video Helped Capture the Boston Bombing Suspects, But Is It Preventive?

July 19, 2013
Everyone has seen the video by now. The Boston bombers, dressed similarly, toting their backpacks through the crowd, one behind the other. With such a powerful visual cue, it’s easy to suppose that video played a crucial role in capturing the culprits.

That’s true to a certain extent, because video images led to quick identification. And then there’s the knee-jerk response: Let’s hang a video camera off every lamppost in every major city, at every big event. Let’s capture every face in the crowd and scan continuously for suspicious action.
And yet, most experts in the field are ambivalent. Is the technology good enough? Do we sacrifice too much liberty? Will the stuff even work? In a post-Boston world, video surveillance seems to raise more questions than it answers.

National Network of Fusion Centers Final Report Released

July 18, 2013

The expanding reach of transnational organized crime syndicates and terrorist threats across cyberspace, international borders, and U.S. jurisdictional boundaries require information sharing partnerships among the federal government; state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and the private sector. These partnerships are the foundation of a robust and efficient homeland security intelligence enterprise that fosters sustained collaboration.

This collaboration provides decision makers across all levels of government the knowledge to make informed decisions to protect the homeland from a variety of threats and hazards, while protecting the privacy, civil rights, civil liberties, and other legal rights of Americans.

Webinar - The Power of Video: Smart Policing Through the Real-Time Crime Center

July 17, 2013
Jason Hutchens and Tom Miller will present a one-hour session that will provide an overview of smart policing best practices while focusing specifically on the Real-Time Crime Center solution as a foundation for safe communities. This presentation will also highlight how the Real-Time Crime Center enables the citizen, 911 call taker, CAD Operator, and First Responder through the integration of multiple solutions in one operations environment. Get a jump on the future of mission critical incident response by participating in this session.

IJIS Institute Releases Justice Information Sharing Pre-Request for Proposals Toolkit

July 12, 2013
Third edition procurement resource provides state and local governments a resource to streamline acquisition of information technology systems

Ashburn, Virginia, July 10, 2013. The IJIS Institute—a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security—is pleased to announce the third edition of the Pre-RFP Toolkit. The Toolkit is available from the IJIS Institute Web site at no charge and is intended to assist the practitioner community in planning for successful justice information system integration.

See the press release for more information on the new Toolkit as well as how to download a copy today!


Louisville, KY., Seeks To Enhance Public Safety

July 10, 2013
In an effort to improve the criminal justice system in Kentucky, the Louisville Metro Government last month partnered with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to design tools, pilot innovations and test system reforms to increase public safety, make the criminal justice system run more efficiently and fairly, and be more cost-effective.​
The project's first phase includes extensive data collection from system agencies and a comprehensive data analysis that will be used to identify potential pre-trial interventions for implementation, according to Kim Allen, executive director of the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission.​
The project hopes to reduce jail overcrowding, pilot risk assessment instruments that can help courts determine which defendants pose risks to public safety, test different methods of supervision and electronic monitoring, reminders and notifications of court dates via text message, study court processing times and increase efficiency, and model and evaluate system dynamics to help identify systematic problems.​

NIST Releases Draft Outline Of Cybersecurity Framework

July 9, 2013
The cybersecurity framework called for by President Obama's February cybersecurity executive order took a step forward on July 1 with the public release of a draft outline.  A preliminary version of the framework is due in October; a final version of the framework is meant to be ready by February 2014.

UPDATE: NIEM 3.0 Beta Talk Out For Review!

July 3, 2013
The NIEM 3.0 Beta Tech Talk kicked off the Beta release. In case you missed it, a summary of the event can be found here.
Over 170 participants dialed into the NIEM 3.0 Beta Tech Talk on June 25. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can download the original presentation here. NIEM is also working hard to upload an accessibility compliant version of the presentation and video recording (i.e. the presentation with audio) Check back soon on the NIEM website for these materials!
NIEM concluded the Tech Talk with an exciting Q&A round. The NIEM community asked great questions, which will be added to the NIEM 3.0 Frequently Asked Questions shortly.

Read more about the highlights of the event...


Andrew Owen Chosen to Lead SEARCH Integrated Justice Initiatives

July 2, 2013
SEARCH is pleased to announce that SEARCH team member Andrew Owen has been selected as the new Director of Information Sharing Programs, effective May 16, 2013.
In this role, Mr. Owen will be responsible for a multifaceted program of information technology services for the nation's justice, public safety, and homeland security community. He will manage programs in technical assistance, training, and conference and workshop development that support information sharing.
Mr. Owen has been with SEARCH for seven years, most recently serving as an Information Sharing Architecture Specialist. In his time at SEARCH, he has worked on multiple projects focused on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®).

Interview With OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee

July 1, 2013
Robert L. Listenbee, a highly respected public defender and juvenile justice system reformer, was appointed to the position of OJJDP Administrator by President Barack Obama in February 2013 and was sworn in to the position on March 25, 2013.  Before his appointment, Mr. Listenbee was chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 16 years and a trial lawyer with the association for 27 years. Included are excerpts from an OJJDP News @ a Glance interview with Listenbee about his priorities for OJJDP and the juvenile justice field. 

A Spotlight on First Responders Tracking Technology

June 28, 2013
A new exhibit opened recently at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC, that highlights the deep inroads in improving tracking technology and systems in the first responder space. The exhibit is called Time and Navigation, and while it focuses on the most important use case in this fieldthe tracking of firefighters and other first responders in a disaster to ensure their safe exitthe exhibit also provides background that highlights exciting advancements made in other aspects of asset management technology.

This technology, known by the acronym GLANSER (Geospatial Location Accountability and Navigation System for Emergency Responders) helps firefighters find an exit route when trapped. It can also help other firefighters find those who are lost or trapped. It is the first system that is able to complete simulations faster than what firefighters typically could without the technology. 

Global Announces the Release of the SORNA Interjurisdictional Relocation Service Specification

June 27, 2013
The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) is pleased to announce the release of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Interjurisdictional Relocation Service (SIRS), Version 1.0.

Under the federal SORNA (Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006), a sex offender’s SORNA registration jurisdiction (e.g., a state, tribe, or territory) is required to notify the new jurisdiction when a sex offender intends to relocate. The purpose of this legal requirement is to enable the new jurisdiction to monitor and enforce the sex offender’s compliance with SORNA’s registration requirements. The SORNA Interjurisdictional Relocation Service (SIRS) provides offender and relocation information, including notifications, among a sending jurisdiction, receiving jurisdiction, the SORNA Exchange Portal, and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) as a part of the offender relocation registration process.

SIRS is a new standard for sharing information about sex offenders that relocate interjurisdictionally.  SIRS provides a way for states, tribes, and territories to more seamlessly share information about sex offenders which is common across all jurisdictions using a system-to-system exchange.  By using a system-to-system exchange, jurisdictions are able to track the offenders leaving or entering their jurisdiction more efficiently, resulting in much more information shared about the offender.  Furthermore, SIRS allows law enforcement to respond quicker to nonconformant sex offenders who often slip through the cracks when relocating which keeps communities safer.

SIRS automates and improves on a manual process by making it a system-to-system exchange with more sex offender information being shared in a standardized format.

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Interjurisdictional Relocation Service (SIRS), Version 1.0
These standards and all Global-affiliated products can also be accessed through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) located at For more information on Global, please visit
If you have any questions regarding these standards or any Global-affiliated solution, please contact us at

The Vera Institute Launches JH Connect Web Site

June 26, 2013
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A new Web site helps public health and justice agencies coordinate information to improve health care. The Vera Institute of Justice’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program (SUMH) has launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) Web site This initiative was made possible with support from the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which promotes information sharing solutions for state, local, and tribal authorities. To that end, JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. Ultimately, these resources are designed to help justice officials better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems.


Global Announces Release of Offender Transfer Notification Service Specification

June 25, 2013
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The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) is pleased to announce the release of the Offender Transfer Notification Service Specification, Version 1.0. 

The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS, Commission) is an organization of interstate compact commissioners appointed by the 53 member states and territories to make rules that carry out the policies under which offenders are transferred between and among states. Its mission is to guide the transfer of offenders in a manner that promotes effective supervision strategies consistent with public safety, offender accountability, and victims’ rights by providing guidelines and rules to Commission members on how to handle the transfer of adult offenders across state lines. When a receiving state confirms the arrival of a potentially dangerous offender (based on a combination of pre-designated NCIC codes) through an Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) arrival transaction, a “Compact Offender Profile” notification will be sent to the designated entity located in the receiving state via this service.

The majority of partnerships between police and probation and/or parole departments have generally been informal and locally isolated. The Offender Transfer Notification Service Specification, Version 1.0, develops a formalized information exchange on a national level and has the potential to promote partnerships between law enforcement and probation/parole agencies at the local level. The exchange of information between ICAOS and state fusion centers will further inform local law enforcement of potentially threatening probationers and parolees entering their state, information that may be imperative for maximizing police officer safety when arriving on a scene.

Along with the information of the probationers/parolees, there will also be contact information for the supervising probation/parole officer. This contact information may encourage continued dialogue between probation/parole and police officers. Consequently, such coordination may contribute to a greater accountability of the probationers/parolees while also providing opportunities for police to be engaged in enhancing offender reintegration and reentry through the recommendation, coordination, and support of available community services. 

Offender Transfer Notification Service Specification, Version 1.0

These standards and all Global-affiliated products can also be accessed through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) located at For more information on Global, please visit

If you have any questions regarding these standards or any Global affiliated solution, please contact us at


Global Announces Release of Information Sharing Standards

June 24, 2013
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The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) serves as a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) and advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. Global was created to support the broad scale exchange of pertinent justice and public safety information. It promotes standards-based electronic information exchange to provide the justice community with timely, accurate, complete, and accessible information in a secure and trusted environment.
Global's mission is the efficient sharing of data among justice entitiesthe heart of modern public safety and law enforcement. As an extension to the mission, Global is pleased to announce the release of new information exchange service standards:
  • Offender Transfer Notification Service Specification, Version 1.0 
  • Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Interjurisdictional Relocation Service (SIRS), Version 1.0
  • Arrest Warrant Information Exchange Services
*A brief overview of each of the standards will be released each day this week and will include a link for downloading the service standards.

Developing Policy on Using Social Media for Intelligence and Investigation

June 21, 2013
Law enforcement agencies need to be able to respond to criminals who are using technology for their criminal enterprises. Today, law enforcement agencies have numerous modern high-technology tools including license plate readers, digital voice recorders, mobile data terminals, electronic control weapons with high-quality digital cameras, and rapid identification devices. While some agencies have successfully used these tools, many have been caught off guard by criminals’ growing use of social media.
Many tools and resources are available so law enforcement agencies can develop social media policies. Developing a social media policy for criminal investigations and intelligence gathering is not the end. Given the explosive growth of and changes in social media, policies cannot remain static; they must be updated. The use of social media in criminal investigations and intelligence gathering relies upon many of the practices law enforcement officers are already performing. Officers and analysts already use basic independent verification and content validity to conduct investigations. Creating a policy that governs these activities is simply responsible practice and will ensure that all employees keep to the agency’s mission and purpose when utilizing social media.

Developing A Policy On The Use of Social Media In Intelligence And Investigative Activites: Guidance and Recommendations


Attention NIEM Community

June 19, 2013
 You are invited to the NIEM 3.0 Beta Tech Talk!
 Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. EST

Beta is your last chance to provide feedback on the entire version 3.0 release. To ensure that NIEM 3.0 is a success, your review of Beta is critical!

What is NIEM 3.0?
Since August 2012, the NIEM community has been working on NIEM Version 3.0—the next major release of the NIEM model. The last time we had a major new release was 2007!
NIEM 3.0, once completed, will be the foundation for development of your future exchanges!

The Beta Tech Talk coincides with the release of NIEM 3.0 Beta for community review. It's your opportunity to ask the 3.0 technical team questions and learn about the NIEM 3.0 release timeline—completion targeted for Fall 2013. 
Date and Time and Location
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Live Web participation:
Phone only participation: Dial-in: 1-888-566-6149  Passcode: 5825994

The NIEM 3.0 Beta Tech Talk is free and open to everyone. Please RSVP promptly so we can accommodate all who wish to participate!
To RSVP, click here and scroll to the bottom. 

Karol Mason of OJP Sworn Into Office

June 14, 2013
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Karol Mason was nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs by President Barack Obama on February 13, 2013. Her appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 25, 2013. As head of the Office of Justice Programs, she oversees an annual budget of more than $2 billion dedicated to supporting state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies; an array of juvenile justice programs; a wide range of research, evaluation, and statistical efforts; and comprehensive services for crime victims.

Ms. Mason received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was note editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. She received her A.B. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was named the Distinguished Young Alumna in 1991. She served as a member of the university's board of trustees from 2001 to 2009, and received the school's Distinguished Service Medal in 2010. Among her many other honors is a Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice, awarded by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2011.

Visit The New JISP Website

June 13, 2013
JISP is excited to announce the launch of the new JISP website sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)!  With an emphasis on peer-to-peer networking, the new site features a discussion forum, shared library, user blogs, event calendar, and searchable member directory. You can also find the JISP Twitter feed, state profiles, and resource links. We hope that this online community will provide a valuable member benefit, allowing you to share information, discuss ideas, pose questions, and learn from your colleagues. 

Content on the Website is publicly visible, but only JISP members may post to the discussion forum, upload files to the shared library, post blogs, and add events to the JISP calendar. The member directory is restricted to members only.

Also, please feel free to post or reply to a discussion topic, respond to a current discussion thread, upload files to the libraries, post a blog, or add an event to the community calendar. This community is member-driven and is your space to connect with your peers and discuss any JIS-related topic you like. We hope you will visit frequently and participate often. 

Rx Abuse Data Tools Sought By Healthcare

June 12, 2013
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A standards development organization focused on pharmacy services is calling on state governments and the healthcare industry to adopt a common communications process to apply existing data in the fight against prescribing fraud and abuse of prescription drugs. Doctors and pharmacies could more easily join the fight against drug diversion if states followed uniform data rules, says standards organization National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). In a white paper, NCPDP examines the shortfalls of today’s prescription drug monitoring programs intended to reduce fraud and abuse and proposes a new roadmap for PDMP.   The paper grew out of an NCPDP focus group held in October 2012 that included representatives of pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, health IT vendors, the U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), state and federal regulators, and others. Law enforcement agencies in particular are concerned about the safety consequences of diversion of addictive prescription drugs. "It's widely publicized that more people are overdosing on prescription drugs than are overdosing on illegal drugs," NCPDP board chairman Charlie Oltman told InformationWeek Healthcare. He added that more die from overdoses of prescription medications than from street drugs.

The 2012–2013 Medal of Valor Nomination Period is Open

June 11, 2013
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Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder Honor 18 Public Safety Officers with Medal of Valor.

 On February 20, Vice President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 18 public safety officers who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty. Read the White House press release, learn about the recipients, or watch the ceremony.

To receive the Medal of Valor, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies, recommended by the bipartisan Medal of Valor Review Board, and cited by the Attorney General. PLEASE NOTE: The background of Medal of Valor nominees may be reviewed as part of the selection process.
The Attorney General designated OJP's Assistant Attorney General to serve as the Federal point of contact for the Medal of Valor initiative. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) assists in overseeing the Medal of Valor Initiative.
Nominations must be submitted through the online Medal of Valor Application System. 

All nominations must be received online by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 31, 2013, at

Investigating Twitter: Mining Social Media For Intel

June 10, 2013
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Twitter is changing the way police agencies do business. Don’t believe me? Look no further than what happened in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
With a feverish thirst for information, people flocked to the @Boston_Police Twitter page, which more than doubled its followers overnight—going from 55,000 followers on Monday to more than 117,000 the day after the tragedy.
Dallas Police Lieutenant Tony Crawford—who works with the Dallas Fusion Center Homeland Security and Tactical Intelligence Division—says that because social media has become such a good indicator of what individuals are thinking about, those databases can be monitored in a way that ensures public safety and also protects individuals’ constitutional rights.
Training is the Key
Crawford and his team are not an anomaly. According to a survey conducted last year by the IACP Center for Social Media, the most common social media use by survey respondents was for criminal investigations, with nearly 75 percent of agencies reporting that “social media has helped solve crimes in their jurisdiction.” 

3 Ways Telemedicine Is Helping Wyoming

May 30, 2013
In the rural West, neighbors often come in handy. And nowhere is that probably more true than in Wyoming. With a mere 5.8 inhabitants per square mile—only Alaska is more "open," with 1.2 inhabitants per square mileWyoming has a tradition of neighbor helping neighbor on just about everything that matters.  Take health IT, for example. Sheridan, Wyoming-based Ptolemy Data Systems does not consider itself part of the healthcare sector, but since 2009, the data storage and managed services provider has been increasingly involved in connecting healthcare providers across the state. According to Ryan Mulholland, Ptolemy's president and CEO, "The company sees its role as being a facilitator. We house technology and work with clinics across the state, helping them make their connections. It's a very different arrangement than a hospital providing telemedicine services." As Ryan Mulholland sees it, Ptolemy's involvement in telemedicine services "isn't about the money.  It's got everything to do with expanding access to healthcare in Wyoming.  It's something we get to do for our community." 

DHS Pleased With Immigration Information Sharing Pilot Program

May 29, 2013
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The first phase of a coordinated entry/exit data exchange trial between U.S. and Canadian border agencies reconciled about 95 percent of the immigration records it transmitted, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Under the first phase of the three-phase pilot project, DHS said it and CBSA had successfully collected routine biometric information, reconciling immigration exits from one county as entries into the other. According to DHS, only data on third-country nationals—people who weren't citizens of Canada or the U.S.—was used in the trial. The trial is part of the U.S./Canadian "Beyond the Border Action" plan first unveiled by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2011. The program will address security threats at the earliest point possible, facilitate lawful movement of people, goods, and services into Canada and the U.S., and create a long-term partnership to improve the management of the countries' shared border.

Agencies Address the "People Problems" of Shared Services

May 24, 2013
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The push for shared services is often framed as a technical challenge, but to Customs and Border Patrol CTO Wolf Tombe, the first step is always the people. And the resistance within his agency often resembles the four stages of grief. Successfully implementing shared services requires more than grief counseling, of course, but Dale Luddeke, senior vice president and chief growth officer for TASC, stressed that "shared services is more a people problem than a technology problem."
"Up until a year ago, we had 23 different e-mail systems in DOJ," Holgate said. "Many of which had 1,000 or fewer usersprime candidate for consolidation. But we had to make sure all the stakeholders had their questions and concerns addressed. We did a good job, but didn't cover all the bases."

Calling All Potential NTAC Members!

May 23, 2013
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The NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) is looking for NIEM-savvy techies to join the committee!

NIEM (National Information Exchange Model) has two committees, the NTAC and the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC). While the NBAC membership is representative of all participating domains, the NTAC is representative of a smaller population which consists of approximately 12–20 voting members. These members represent technical experts across the community and may include representation from key standards-developing bodies to ensure interoperability and coordinated development. The NTAC is led by two cochairs—one representing federal government and the other representing state, local, and tribal government.

Nominations will be screened by the NTAC cochairs, with formal decisions to be made no later than June 14, 2013. The screening process may involve requests for additional information and telephone or in-person interviews.
To learn more about the position, requirements, and application process; visit NIEM here.
NIEM's success has recently been recognized by the President. “The President’s support of NIEM is a testament to the success of the program. We are incredibly proud of our community for advancing NIEM’s mission,” says NIEM’s executive director, Donna Roy.
In the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding released on December 19, 2012, President Obama recognizes NIEM as “a successful example of a common way to structure data exchanges to better enable information sharing.” Continue reading.

Portal Promotes Public Safety Apps

May 22, 2013
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has launched a new Web site portal for public safety apps that promotes collaboration between emergency-response organizations and the public. The Application Community, or AppComm, is designed to be a clearinghouse for applications related to public safety and emergency response, for use by the general public and first responders.

Mobile apps can not only allow first responders to do their jobs more efficiently, but also keep the general public better informed.  Chris Russo, founder and executive vice president of Elerts Corporation and Deputy Fire Chief of Hull, Massachusetts, cited their importance. "Recent events impacting public safety have demonstrated the incredible power of mobile applications, advanced technologies, and social media," he said. "By service as a central location for fostering development of public safety apps.  AppComm will certainly lead to better ways to protect the public at large."  

Social Network for Emergencies to Launch in San Francisco

May 21, 2013
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San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) announced a new disaster preparedness project “,” created to connect citizens willing to offer resources and services—from food, water, and an extra generator to mechanical services and a place to stay—72 hours after a disaster occurs. SFDEM research shows that connected communities with natural social networks are more resilient than others, as citizen-to-citizen resource sharing proved necessary during hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Encouraging communities to connect through a social network is part of the department’s larger plan to enhance San Francisco’s preparedness, said Francis Zamora, public information officer for SFDEM. The site will feature four categories: a place for people to connect and share resources and services; instructions on how to prepare for a disaster, including videos on putting together a kit and making potable water, plus testimonials from those who have survived disasters; a “make” section for users to invent their own ways to help; and an emergency mode, which will switch on when disaster strikes and share live information with the public, plus check for missing persons.

LCSD Adds Mobile App

May 20, 2013
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According to an article in The Times Dispatch, (May 8, 2013, by Shantelle Prater) the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department (LCSD), Arkansas, has added a new feature to increase public awareness. The new mobile application (app) called “MobilePatrol” is an app which provides real-time detention center detainee information including mug shots, charges, and access to the Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) link, as well as allow crime victims access to timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. "With this app users can view who is in jail, who has warrants, our most wanted list, and child-support issues," said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.​ "The app also features links to the sheriff's department and contact information for city officials.”
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R&D Center To Offer "Building Blocks" Of Cybersecurity

May 17, 2013
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There is no lack of commercially available tools to counter rapidly evolving cyber threats, but putting them into place and having them work together efficiently can be a challenge. Available tools often are not used because the technology might be difficult to use, might not be widely known, or might be too expensive to be practical.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to help agencies and other organizations put those tools in play, partnering with a nonprofit organization to provide technical and project management support for its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE). The new federally funded research and development center would be the first of its kind dedicated to cybersecurity and would facilitate cooperation between the private sector and the NCCOE. The State of Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland, are cosponsoring the center with NIST, which will work to strengthen U.S. economic growth by supporting automated and trustworthy e-government and e-commerce. NIST has released an initial notice of its intent to partner with such a center and expects to issue a request for proposals this summer.

CTO Talks Tech Role In Fighting Sex Trade

May 16, 2013
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Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Todd Park, speaking at a luncheon hosted by TechAmerica, pointed to a speech given by President Barrack Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2012 when the President promised to redouble efforts to go after sex traffickers abroad and at home. According to Park, the White House efforts against domestic human trafficking are starting to bear fruit. As an outgrowth of the Obama initiative, the Ford Foundation has helped to build a tool that uses algorithms to identify signals that an ad is posted advertising an underage child.  Efforts to shut down Web sites that contained ads for trafficked children had previously been unproductive because the ads would move from site to site. Law enforcement officers had poured over tens of thousands of online ads posted every week at sites for clues but this was extremely labor intensive.

FirstNet to Meet with State, Local, Tribal Public Safety Groups

May 14, 2013
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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is kicking off a summer long series of consultations with states, tribal entities, territories, and local authorities across the nation this week with a kick-off workshop in Washington, DC.   After the workshop, FirstNet will conduct six regional workshops to meet with each state individually during the consultation process. FirstNet will be soliciting public input from workshop attendees to help in the design of a public safety grade, next generation wireless network that will meet very specific requirements of police, firefighters, sheriffs, and emergency medical services personnel in their regions. “Consultations are an essential step in building working relationships between FirstNet and the thousands of people who are stakeholders in its success,” commented the new General Manager of FirstNet, Bill D’Agostino, in a written press release. “These meetings will provide valuable opportunities to listen and work collaboratively to build the first public safety-grade LTE network.” The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

New Release: Building Cost-Benefit Analysis Capacity in Criminal Justice

May 10, 2013
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Interest in using cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to help in criminal justice policymaking and planning has grown in recent years as state and local budgets have become increasingly strained. Most jurisdictions, however, have not been able to create a sustained capacity to produce and use CBA in decision making and budgeting. Recently, a roundtable discussion was convened to examine the factors that might help agencies draw on CBA in a lasting, meaningful way.​ In the daylong meeting, people from state policy entities and nonprofit organizations, along with elected officials from four states, discussed strategies for building CBA capacity.​ Building Cost-Benefit Analysis Capacity in Criminal Justice: Notes from a Roundtable Discussion covers three areas to consider as part of that objective: organizations, staff, and making CBA part of ongoing processes.​
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Crime Victim Notification Gets Personal

May 9, 2013
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The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) recently enhanced their Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification system to improve communication to registrants and between criminal justice partners. “We decided to personalize the victim notification process,” said Brent Myers, the department’s director of registration and victim services. “We wanted to give options to those registering for notifications.” Whereas victim notifications were previously delivered exclusively via robocalls (automated phone calls), the new system allows IDOC to personalize notifications, giving registrants control over how and when they are notified. …Instead of receiving a phone call for every notification that a person is interested in, they can get a phone call for some notifications, text messaging for others,” Myers explained.   There are three different types of notifications, and there are about 35 triggers that fall within each of those categories. Registrants can define how they would like to be notified for every trigger within each category. The system is also valuable for other users within the IDOC, as well as IDOC's external public safety partners. Prosecutors, court staff, defense attorneys, Child Protective Services employees, and child custody representatives use the notification system in carrying out their responsibilities.

Agencies Shore Up Social Media Security

May 8, 2013
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Federal agencies wasted little time shoring up social media security policies after a highly publicized April 23, 2013, hack of the Associated Press' (AP) Twitter account prompted the General Services Administration (GSA) to issue new guidelines. The hacked tweet—which briefly confused the public after falsely claiming the president was injured in an explosion—and GSA’s new guidelines two days later provided all the incentive most agencies needed to avoid being the next AP. The guidelines, issued from GSA's Center for Excellence in Digital Government, offer common sense precautions for avoiding social media hacks. The recommendations cover how to handle hacks when they occur and how to respond to tweets from hacked accounts—all issues raised through the AP incident. Beyond prevention methods—such as using strong passwords and not using the same password across multiple accounts—social media heads at other federal agencies said their policies changed the most in regards to responding to breaches or other hacked accounts. With changes like two-tiered authentication for social media accounts potentially on the horizon, and increased public interaction with federal agencies via social media, it's anticipated that the guidelines will be updated more frequently going forward.

Working Together to Strengthen the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

May 7, 2013
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To facilitate on-going conversations about strengthening the security and resilience of critical infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a Collaboration Community on “IdeaScale” that will facilitate community input and recommendations. Critical infrastructure is the backbone of national and economic security. It includes power plants, chemical facilities, communications networks, bridges, highways, and stadiums, as well as the federal buildings. DHS collaborates with the public and private sector every day to identify, prevent, mitigate, and respond to attempted disruptions to critical cyber and communications networks. In support of efforts to implement Presidential Policy Directive 21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, DHS is encouraging the community to submit comments and ideas using the IdeaScale public dialogue tool—a simple, Web-based forum—so that DHS can build a stronger foundation for securing and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.

IACP Launches School Safety—Online Training Series

May 6, 2013
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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), invites law enforcement, school officials, and allied stakeholders tasked with ensuring school safety to participate in a series of four school safety online trainings: Forming Your Safe School Planning Team, Assessing School Safety, Preparing for a School Crisis, and Responding to a School Crisis. These highly interactive, introductory level trainings are designed to assist in the development of crisis response plans to prevent and respond to events that threaten the safety of school environments. Training topics include:
  • Identifying needs, gaps, and strategies to perform a comprehensive school safety assessment
  • Identifying potential members, roles, and responsibilities for a safe school planning team
  • Revising or creating preparedness strategies within a school safety plan
  • Developing crisis response strategies and incorporating them into a school safety plan

Justice Department Launches Task Force to Improve Responses to Violence Against Children in Tribal Communities

May 2, 2013
On April 12, 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), outlined initial steps to implement the recommendations of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, part of his Defending Childhood Initiative, to address children’s exposure to violence. As his first action, the Attorney General announced that Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West will oversee the creation of an American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) task force on children exposed to violence. The proposed task force will be a joint effort between DOJ and the Interior, and tribal governments. The task force will focus on improving the identification and treatment of AI/AN children exposed to violence, supporting communities and tribes as they define their own responses to this problem, and involving tribal youth in developing solutions.

NIEM 3.0 Alpha 2 Release—Open Public Review!

May 1, 2013
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An alpha release of the next version of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM 3.0) is now available for community feedback. NIEM is a community-driven, government-wide, standards-based approach to exchanging information developed through collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Since August 2012, the NIEM community has been working on NIEM Version 3.0—the next major release of the NIEM model. NIEM Version 3.0 addresses community-identified needs to date and is open for public review and feedback from April 22, 2013, to May 6, 2013, with access to the full model, including both NIEM Core and all NIEM Domains. The Web page is dedicated to all things 3.0, including details regarding NIEM 3.0 scope as well as links to step-by-step guidance on how to conduct a review and how to submit feedback.

Putting the Fed In Federation: The U.S. Government as Early Adopter of the Identity Ecosystem

April 30, 2013
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A little over a year ago, several large agencies that have a pressing need to put services requiring LOA 2 or 3 credentials online gathered at the White House to discuss how to align with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) policy and Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) requirements.  As Howard Schmidt, the Cybersecurity Coordinator at the time, noted in a blog post:
“…a citizen who is a veteran, a college student, and a taxpayer ought not to have to obtain separate digital credentials at each agency website, but instead should be able to use ones he or she already has…Doing so allows the Federal government to streamline the customer experience and recognize real cost savings just when we need to be tightening our belts.”  

Read further to learn more about the intentions and plans of the National Programs Office (NPO), including a three-pronged plan for transforming the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) from paper to reality.


FBI Gun Collection: Firearms That Help Solve Crimes

April 29, 2013
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) inventory of more than 7,000 firearms—curated over 80 years—contains just about every make and model, from John Dillinger’s Prohibition-era revolver to the modern battlefield’s M16 and almost everything in between. Housed at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, the ever-expanding collection is a hands-on reference catalog for the lab’s firearms examiners to study, take apart, reassemble, and test fire to support investigations. By maintaining a working library of virtually every handgun and rifle—along with a database of their unique toolmarks—examiners are able to identify and substantiate for investigators what weapons may have been used in criminal acts. Sometimes a case could hinge on linking a firearm component to a similar part on a reference gun. The collection includes accessories such as suppressors, magazines, and muzzle attachments, as well as grenade and rocket launchers. Examiners will tell you the single most important piece—in a collection that spans more than a century of firearms history and ingenuity—is the one that helps investigators close a case on any given day.

NCJA Webinar: "Implementation Science and the Importance of Fidelity: Replicating Evidence-Based Practices"

April 29, 2013
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Over the last 15 years criminal justice decision makers, state legislatures and the federal government have increasingly pushed for the adoption of researched based, data-driven, or evidence-based programming. This focus has been accompanied by the development of menus of promising and evidence-based programming. While improving access to evidence-based strategies is vital, it is also imperative to understand the importance of fidelity and other factors when seeking to replicate a program or practice. Poor implementation of a program model can not only diminish the desired outcomes, but if done poorly can tarnish the reputation of a given program or treatment modality. The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), with sponsorship from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is offering a webinar, titled “Implementation Science and the Importance of Fidelity” on May 1, 2013, which will focus on effective implementation of evidence-based programs and practices and how this can impact desired outcomes. As an applied example, this webinar will describe data and lessons learned from a 15-year project of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to scale-up a menu of evidence-based programs and treatment modalities. Follow this registration link to register for the webinar.
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NASCIO Releases Capitals in the Clouds Part V: Managing the Risk of Free Cloud Services

April 26, 2013
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Cloud-based file sharing solutions have become very popular and certainly a growing and significant part of day-to-day computing. These services are attractive to state government users, especially since many file sharing services are free. States are seeking guidance on how to put the proper controls in place, meet security standards, craft acceptable use policies, and identify the open records and legal concerns regarding terms of service for cloud-based file sharing. This brief helps to provide real experience and recommendations on these issues from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Erik Avakian.

A Country in Crisis: Launching a County/State Collaborative Forensic Mental Health Team—An Enhancement of the Sequential Intercept Model

April 25, 2013
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A chance conversation about persons with mental illness was the starting point for a new collaboration between the Nevada State Medical Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno, Nevada. The resulting Forensic Mental Health Team (FMHT) has implemented new responses that keep mentally ill persons out of jail or help keep them from returning to jail through improved case management and service referrals at release. In this arrangement, the State of Nevada is providing case workers and other staff who operate on-site at the jail. Another element has been the reallocation of some chronic-care mental health system beds for use in acute care, providing an alternative to detention in jail for persons who need 24-hour care. The FMHT model is being implemented in other counties across the state.