News Archive

HHS and Health Care Sector Expand Cybersecurity Info Sharing

July 3, 2014

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

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

 

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

June 17, 2014

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

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

June 9, 2014

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

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Partnership Results in Major Progress Against Cybercrime

June 6, 2014

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

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NIEM-UML Success Story: Gang Intelligence Information Sharing

June 4, 2014

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

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Cybercrimes Enforcement: A State Perspective

May 30, 2014

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

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

May 23, 2014

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

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ODNI Builds Toolbox for Information Interoperability

May 21, 2014

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

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DHS Looking for a Few Good Private-Sector Executives

May 19, 2014

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

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

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State CIOs Press Federal Leaders on Cross-Jurisdiction Hot Buttons

May 16, 2014

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

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Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Releases 2014 Program Plan

May 14, 2014

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

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National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X)

May 13, 2014

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

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

May 9, 2014

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

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

May 7, 2014

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

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

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An International Maritime Domain Information Sharing Exercise

May 6, 2014

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

April 22, 2014

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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Funding Opportunity to Implement Evidence-Based Pretrial Practices

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

April 16, 2014

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

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

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

Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity Main FBI Priorities, Comey Tells Lawmakers

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

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

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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

2014 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series: Child Sex Trafficking

April 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

March 26, 2014

To all Global Workspace account holders:

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

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

March 25, 2014

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

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

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

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RISSNET™ Live on HSIN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMBER Alerts Now Available on Twitter

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

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

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

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

Evaluating the Next Generation of Fingerprint Technology

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

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

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5 Tech Policy Issues to Watch in 2014

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

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

Mid-January Edition of "JUSTINFO" Released

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

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Progress on Identity Management: Highlighting Government and Industry Pilot Projects

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

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

ACP Supports Creating National Rx Drug Monitoring Database

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

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

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

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

Video Game Puts the "Edge" in First Responder Training

December 10, 2013
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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.
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Problem Solving Courts

December 4, 2013
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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.
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A New Model for Defense Intelligence

November 27, 2013
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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.
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CBOB Nomination Period Opens12/13

November 20, 2013
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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.
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IJIS Institute National Symposium—Early Bird Registration Ends 12/17/13

November 19, 2013
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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. 

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Emergency Managers Expanding Communication Channels to Increase Public Safety Awareness

November 15, 2013
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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
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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.
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Suspicious Activity Reporting Training Improves, Expands to New Audiences

November 7, 2013
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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.
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DHS To Launch Mobile, Multifactor Authentication Pilot

November 5, 2013
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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
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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.
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“NIEM in November” Brings It All Together! — November 6, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October 25, 2013
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“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 https://www.niem.gov/aboutniem/events/Pages/NIEMinNovember.aspx for details.

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

October 23, 2013
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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.
 
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SEARCH Announces Availibility of Funds and TA for Justice Information Sharing Projects

October 22, 2013
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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.
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Social Media Transforms The Way Chicago Fights Gang Violence

October 21, 2013
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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
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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.
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The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) is pleased to announce the release of the Charging Service Specification, Version 1.0.

October 4, 2013
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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.
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Twitter Launches an Alert System for Emergencies

October 3, 2013
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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
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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.
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Navy Yard Shooting Reiterates Importance of Information Sharing Networks

October 1, 2013
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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.

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

September 30, 2013
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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.
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Intell Community Strives for Better Info Sharing

September 26, 2013
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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.
 
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Online Training for 911 Call Center Infuses a Multimedia Experience

September 25, 2013
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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
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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. 

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Pentaho Blends Data At The Source For Better Decision Making

September 23, 2013
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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.
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Interoperability Strengthened by Upgrades and Expansion to DHS’s Homeland Security Information Network

September 20, 2013
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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.
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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

September 19, 2013
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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
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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
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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.
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Can Google Glass Help First Responders?

September 6, 2013
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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
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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.
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A National Call to Action Released

August 29, 2013
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
 
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Groundbreaking SecureView Empowers Intell Analysts, Protects Data

August 21, 2013
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“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.  
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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
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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. 
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A New Way to Access UCR Statistics

August 14, 2013
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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.
 
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The Maine State Police and SEARCH: Enhancing Justice Information Sharing in Maine

August 13, 2013
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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.  
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Data Analytics Help Michigan Police Cut Crime

August 9, 2013
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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
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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.
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Community Policing, Trust, Engagement – A Team Approach to Law Enforcement Social Media

August 6, 2013
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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
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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
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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.
 
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McCaul, King Release Report on National Network of Fusion Centers

July 30, 2013
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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
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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.
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NASCIO Spotlights Effective Cross-Jurisdictional Governance

July 25, 2013
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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.”

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