News Archive

Building Bridges in the Ocean State: Automating Privacy Policy Enforcement to Enable Information Sharing

May 16, 2016

A May 24, 2016, Webinar will be hosted to share how Rhode Island automated privacy policy and access controls in a cross-boundary juvenile criminal history exchange.  Learn about this first use-case of electronic privacy automation using the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) and the Global Privacy Technical Framework for sharing information across domains.

Source: NCSC

ICE Participates in Europol-Led Effort to Identify Victims of Child Abuse

May 12, 2016

Victim identification specialists from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have been working with top experts from around the globe at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague to work unsolved cases in an effort to identify victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation. The coordinated effort of this Europol Victim Identification Task Force (VIDTF) yielded significant results: More than 250 series of child sexual abuse images and video files have been uploaded to the INTERPOL International Child Sexual Exploitation Database and additions made to more than 300 existing series.

Source: ICE

Department of Justice Releases the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction

April 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has released the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction.  The report provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing our nation’s children and, for the first time, dedicates an entire section to the unique challenges confronting child exploitation in Indian Country.  It examines existing efforts, assesses new threats, and highlights innovative ways in which the federal government and its partners can address child exploitation.

Source: DOJ

New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC): Information Sharing Success at the State and Local Level

April 27, 2016

The smart government model of partnerships among and across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders across the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has been in existence for over a decade for a very good reason:  collaboration allows faster information sharing at all levels of government by fostering the quick dissemination of vital information to partners responding to critical incidents, from cyberattacks to terror plots.  Read more about the NJCCIC, a shining example of this collaborative approach.  Also, visit the NJ Cybersecurity site for a range of cyber resources.  

Source: PM-ISE

Hacker Lexicon: What Are White Hat, Gray Hat, and Black Hat Hackers?

April 22, 2016

After much speculation over who provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a solution for hacking into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, The Washington Post reported this week that it was a “gray hat” hacker who assisted the agency.  There are three types of hackers: white hats, black hats, and gray hats—ranging from helpful to criminal.

Cyber resources are available at www.iacpcybercenter.org.

Source: WIRED

FLETC Announces Cybercrime Conference

April 21, 2016

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, is hosting the FLETC Cybercrime Conference on July 68, 2016.  The purpose of this event is to foster education and awareness of the current threats and innovations that may impact today’s law enforcement officers and the manner in which they deal with cybercrime. The intent is to educate investigators with exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on labs. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other FLETC training division staff and partnering organizations, as well as vendors.

Source: FLETC

Cyber Training for Law Enforcement Call to Action Flyer

April 12, 2016

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative developed a flyer to help raise awareness of the need for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement leaders to ensure that appropriate agency personnel receive cybercrime training.  The two-page flyer highlights several no-cost, federally sponsored cybercrime training opportunities available to law enforcement and partners. 

Source: GLOBAL

Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council Helps Law Enforcement Share Information and Intelligence to Prevent Crime and Terrorism

April 11, 2016

The Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) supports state, local, and tribal law enforcement and homeland security agencies in developing and sharing criminal intelligence and information nationwide.  The effective sharing of criminal intelligence is essential to prevent not only criminal activity but terrorism-related events as well.  Since 2001, numerous efforts and initiatives have been developed to improve law enforcement’s ability to share information and intelligence.  These efforts include the national fusion center initiative, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, and the continued implementation of intelligence-led policing. 

Source: PM-ISE

40th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition

April 8, 2016

The 40th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Training Conference and Technology Exposition is scheduled for May 2325, 2016,  in Dallas, Texas. IACP's LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition provides chiefs, IT managers, technology specialists, criminal justice practitioners, researchers, and industry-leading solution providers with a forum in which to share information, best practices, and lessons learned in law enforcement information management.

The LEIM Conference features a mix of plenary sessions and concurrent workshops that are organized in Executive, Operational, and Technical tracks. In addition to the formal educational program, the conference also includes a Technology Exposition which typically features 60–70 exhibits from industry-leading solution providers and corporate sponsors.

Source: IACP

NASCIO and NIEM Working Together: Advancing Information Exchange Efforts Across All Levels of Government

April 8, 2016

On April 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will host a Webinar with the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Program focused on familiarizing the state and local audience with NIEM and how it can help them. During the hour-long Webinar, NASCIO and NIEM will discuss ways to advance information sharing across all levels of government and announce the 2015 Best of NIEM Winners. Please find more information here.

Source: NASCIO

Coordinating Cybersecurity Programs

April 7, 2016

Cyberattacks, resilience of critical infrastructure, and related cybersecurity concerns are escalating at exponential rates and so are the many governmental programs attempting to mitigate the risks for all citizens as well as government and industry. As a wide range of threats expand, and cyberterrorists, cybercriminals, and other nefarious actors transform their capabilities into new forms of attack, the demand for faster and more effective responses and ways of prevention grow as well. Cybersecurity programs are in place throughout many federal agencies, state/local organizations, and consortia, and the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment is prioritizing its efforts on cyber information sharing efforts that focus on the domestic nexus of national security and public safety.

Recently, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) released a call to action document intended to equip state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement partners with useful tools to investigate cybercrimes and train appropriate agency personnel to tackle cybercrime issues.

Source: PM-ISE

JCAT Releases 2016 Intelligence Guide for First Responders

April 4, 2016

Recently, the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) released the 2016 Intelligence Guide for First Responders. The guide was produced for first responders by first responders and was designed to improve information sharing among state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions and the federal government.  Some topics included in the resource are handling and protecting information, how to gain access to Internet-based U.S. government systems, and understanding the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. 

Source: IIR

Global Releases Reference Service Standard: Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification

April 1, 2016

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 that the following Global standard have been released and is available for download.

Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service: Offender tracking systems generate vast amounts of data; however, community corrections agencies that operate offender tracking programs report that it is often difficult to share this data. This problem is most clearly manifested in cases where an agency is ending its contractual relationship with one offender tracking provider and moving to another. Agencies have expressed a desire to automatically transfer as much information as possible (e.g. demographic data, location data, violation and alert data) from a previous provider to populate the data fields of the new providers software. This capability would allow the retention of important historical data and streamline the client re-enrollment process. This project was an effort to develop the models and technical components, in the form of a service specification, specific to the transfer of offender tracking information between systems. The goal of this project was to develop a Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Package (SSP) for the transfer of offender tracking information (offender tracking record) from one offender tracking system to another. Further, it is envisioned that this SSP could provide a foundation for future information exchange initiatives between multiple criminal justice agencies and the various offender tracking system providers that operate in this country. The capability for automated information sharing across jurisdictions and provider software platforms would greatly enhance public safety.

The Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service—along with all of the Global information sharing standards, deliverables, and tools for the justice community— can be found through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST).

Source: GLOBAL

NYS Upgrades Its Facial Recognition Software to Catch Persons of Interest

March 31, 2016

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has upgraded its facial recognition software to make it more difficult to obtain a driver's license under false pretenses. The software uses algorithms of facial characteristics to compare driver's license images with other DMV images. The program has been upgraded to double the number of measurement points mapped to each driver's photograph. The new software is expected to improve the system's ability to combat identity theft and other fraud.

Chattanooga Police Launch New Program to Prevent Crashes by Using Intelligence-Led Policing

March 30, 2016

The Chattanooga, Tennessee, Police Department (CPD) is launching a new effort citywide to address serious and fatal crashes.  The plan, called Special Traffic Operations Plan (STOP), is designed to focus on high-crash areas in Chattanooga to decrease crash rates and change driving habits.  The initiative was developed using intelligence-led policing (ILP), which is one of the CPD’s three policing strategies.  With ILP, agency personnel gather data instead of just reacting to crime.  In this case, officers were able to identify high-risk areas and the times of day those areas are most at risk by focusing on several illegal actions.

Source: WRCBTV

Minneapolis Council Committee Approves $4 Million Contract for Police Body Cameras

March 29, 2016

The Minneapolis City Council’s Public Safety Committee has approved a $4 million contract that will allow the city to outfit all of its police officers with body cameras by the end of the year. The city plans to spend $6.4 million over the next five years on cameras, software, and additional staff members to review the footage and respond to public records requests. The committee expects to spend about $1.6 million this year with an estimated annual cost of $1.2 million thereafter. A federal grant will cover $600,000 of this year’s expenses.

Source: StarTribune

State Police Launch Body Camera Pilot Program

March 28, 2016

The Delaware State Police has launched a body-worn camera pilot program. The state's pilot program will focus on different body cameras, mounting styles, evidence management, and data storage solutions. Initially, 25 of the state's 712 uniformed troopers will don the cameras during the 60-day feasibility study.  

Source: DelawareOnline

National Institute of Justice to Fund Research on Video Technology

March 25, 2016

As part of a project titled "Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes," the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) will conduct a performance evaluation of various existing video analytics technologies that can be deployed on both fixed and random scanning video surveillance systems. The project will leverage Chicago's vast video surveillance network, the extensive experience of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Office of Emergency Management & Communications, and research from the academic engineering team at IIT.

All interested vendors of such technologies are invited to take part in this evaluation process. Submitted analytics software/tools should be (a) compatible with Genetec video system and software, (b) capable of analyzing both low- and high-resolution video and images, (c) able to analyze video from both high bandwidth 30 frames per second HD feeds as well as cellular backhauled images at 510 frames per second, (d) able to analyze video from low-light nighttime conditions as well as in various weather conditions such as rain or snow, and (e) generate alerts in situations observed in a video stream including, but not limited to, detection of suspicious events, objects left behind, area intrusion, crowd gathering, direction deviation and/or post event evaluation including vehicle and color recognition, symbol recognition, etc. The performance of the video analytics software will be evaluated by assessing the accuracy of its generated alerts on a set of video streams obtained from the CPD camera network. 

Source: JUSTNET

FBI Launches Web Site Aimed at Countering Violent Extremism Among Teens

March 24, 2016

The Federal Bureu of Investigation (FBI) has launched a new, free program called "Don't Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism," which includes an interactive Web site with activities, quizzes, videos, and other materials to teach teens how to recognize violent extremist messaging and how to resist self-radicalization and possible recruitment. No registration is required to sign up for the program, which has potential applications for school resource officers, coaches, school administrators, and parents and families.

Source: FBI

Senate Aging Committee and Department of Homeland Security Unveil New Scam Perpetrated Against Our Nation’s Seniors

March 4, 2016

The Senate Special Committee on Aging, led by Chairman Susan Collins and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, unveiled a new, disturbing scam perpetrated against our nation’s seniors.

Senators Collins and McCaskill announced the top 10 frauds targeting our nation’s seniors in a comprehensive anti-fraud resource for seniors titled, “Fighting Fraud: U.S. Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors.”  The guide is designed to inform and help protect seniors from some of the most pervasive and malicious scams and frauds, as was discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol in an investigation dubbed “Operation Cocoon".

Community Policing Tour: Phase Two

March 3, 2016

In the second phase of the Community Policing Tour, the U.S. Attorney General will visit six jurisdictions that are effectively implementing recommendations from the 21st Century Policing Task Force Report.  These recommendations are organized around six main topic areas or “pillars:” Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education, and Officer Safety and Wellness.

Source: DOJ

DHS Cybersecurity Efforts Complement White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan

March 2, 2016

The White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), an important new initiative to bolster our Nation’s cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) highest priorities, and DHS has recently made significant progress increasing the cybersecurity posture of our government, our citizens, and our critical infrastructure.

Source: DHS

Global Releases Draft Service Specifications for OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT

February 22, 2016

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 the following draft standards for an open public comment period:

Draft Juvenile Education History Query/Response Service: The Juvenile Education History Query/Response Service (JEHQRS) is designed to support sharing of educational background information between Juvenile Justice Decision Makers who are often responsible for performing youth risk assessments and State Educational Agencies (SEA). The JEHQRS allows a requesting juvenile justice related entity (e.g., Department of Probation) to request educational history information for a specific student from a State Educational Agency in conjunction with an intake assessment.  Assessments are typically performed on intake by Juvenile Probation personnel.

Draft Person Photo Search Request Service: The Person Photo Search Request Service (PPSReqS) provides the capability to request photos and demographic data from a Photo Imaging Network (PIN) and DOT photo systems matching provided criteria. The service will take various combinations of Name, Date of Birth (DOB), Social Security Number (SSN), Operators License Number (OLN) and State Fingerprint Identification (SID) as input criteria.

Draft Person Photo Search Results Service: The Person Photo Search Results Service (PPSResS) provides photos and demographic data from a Photo Imaging Network (PIN) and DOT photo systems.   

Draft Inmate Status Reporting Service: The Inmate Status Reporting Service (ISRS) service provides correctional institutions the capability to report inmate records at predefined events within the inmate supervision life cycle. This service receives inmate records from correctional institutions.

To review and comment on each service, please go to www.globaljusticetools.net.

DEADLINE to review and comment on the services is March 08, 2016.

 

Source: GLOBAL

DHS Cybersecurity Efforts Complement White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan

February 22, 2016

The White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), an important new initiative to bolster our Nation’s cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) highest priorities, and DHS has recently made significant progress increasing the cybersecurity posture of our government, our citizens, and our critical infrastructure.

Source: DHS

Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards

February 19, 2016

Each year at the National Forum on Criminal Justice, the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) honors five outstanding criminal justice programs for providing effective services to address crime-related issues in their communities. NCJA is particularly interested in programs that are innovative and can document concrete results.

Nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 15, 2016. 

Source: NCJA

National Governors Association Released “A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice”

February 18, 2016

Governors play a critical role in ensuring public safety, overseeing the state agencies responsible for implementing policies and programs such as corrections, state police, and juvenile justice. To help them define and achieve their priorities, governors rely on expertise and support from a core team of advisors including policy staff, legal counsel, and cabinet secretaries. Those criminal justice policy advisors serve as a primary source of information and play an integral role in the development of state policy.

Although much has been written for policymakers on effective criminal justice programs and initiatives, little has been written specifically for governors on how best to leverage the tools and authorities they have to build effective criminal justice systems. This guide is intended to fill that gap.

Source: NGA

DHS to Showcase Cybersecurity Research

February 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds a variety of cybersecurity research through academia, small businesses, industry and government, and national labs. On February 1719, 2016, DHS will showcase some of the results of that funding.

The 2016 Cyber Security Division R&D Showcase and Technical Workshop, held in Washington, DC, will highlight the status of the latest cybersecurity research, enable collaboration among the researchers and government agencies, and connect the technologies to transition partners. 

Source: GCN

IACP Law Enforcement Cyber Center Offers Experts Database

January 29, 2016

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) offers law enforcement professionals a comprehensive database to connect with cybercrime experts and other practitioners across the nation. Users can search for and contact local, regional, and national organizations, both private and government, that offer cyber-related services and assistance to law enforcement officials and prosecutors. You can search by ZIP Code, state, keyword or areas of expertise, and obtain organization information to include contact information and a list of capabilities.

Source: IACP LECC

FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2015

January 26, 2016

Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes reported and overall increases in the number of violent crimes reported for the first six months of 2015 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2014. The report is based on information from 12,879 law enforcement agencies that submitted data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2014 and 2015.

Source: FBI

DNI Clapper Announces Leadership of Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

January 25, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced that Tonya Ugoretz will lead the  Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) with Deputy Maurice (Mo) Bland and Research Director Thomas (Tom) Donahue rounding out the leadership team. 

In February 2015, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the DNI to establish the CTIIC, which received congressional authorization and funding in the December omnibus bill.

CTIIC will fuse intelligence and “connect the dots” regarding malicious foreign cyber threats to the nation so that relevant departments and agencies and policymakers are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible.  

Source: ODNI

Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor Announce Selection of Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams

January 19, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams.  These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses.

The six new ACTeams will be based in Cleveland, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Newark, New Jersey; Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; and Sacramento, California.  Each team will serve under the leadership of the local U.S. Attorney and the highest-ranking federal investigative agents in the regional field offices of the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Labor.

Source: DOJ

DHS Releases Updated Law Enforcement Resource Guide on U and T Visas

January 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released updated guidance for law enforcement on resources available to victims of serious crimes, including human trafficking. The U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide provides federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officials with helpful information to support the investigations and prosecution of crimes involving qualified immigrant victims. The department is committed to supporting law enforcement investigations and the prosecution of crimes of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious harm, as well as civil and criminal investigations into labor exploitation and abuse.

Source: DHS

State Task Force Pushes for Information Sharing Between Police and Schools

January 14, 2016

A state task force is looking for ways to make schools safer, focusing on closer communication between teachers and police. "Sometimes people rely too much on technology and they forget the human element. The human element is much more important," said Herrin High School Principal Dr. Terry Ryker. The School Security and Standards Task Force, overseen by the Illinois Board of Education, has released a preliminary report recommending educators share more private student information with police during emergency situations.

Source: WSILTV

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to Encourage Cybersecurity Information Sharing

January 13, 2016

President Obama recently signed into law an omnibus spending bill that contained the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act creates a voluntary cybersecurity information sharing process designed to encourage public and private sector entities to share cyberthreat information.  Under the Act, the federal government will create a process for sharing both classified and unclassified cyberthreat indicators and defensive measures with the private sector, including information relating to certain cybersecurity threats and best practices.

Global Releases Two Reference Service Standards: Arrest Reporting and Disposition Reporting

January 8, 2016

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 that the following Global standards have been released and are available for download.

Arrest Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting arrest information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding arrests.  This service provides the ability to report new arrests, provide updates to arrests, and is intended to assist with automating policy response to reporting arrest information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue arrest reports, most likely law enforcement agencies.

Disposition Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting disposition information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding dispositions.  This service provides the ability to report dispositions and is intended to assist with automating a policy response to reporting disposition information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue disposition reports, most likely courts.

The Arrest Reporting and Disposition Reporting services—along with all of the Global information sharing standards, deliverables, and tools for the justice community— can be found through the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST).

Source: GLOBAL

FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics From the National Incident-Based Reporting System

December 23, 2015

The FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories composed of 49 offenses. It also presents arrest data for those offense categories, plus 11 more offenses for which only arrest data are collected. NIBRS 2014 provides agency-level offense data by state; however, there are no estimates for agencies that did not submit NIBRS data to the UCR Program.

Source: FBI

"Joint Elements" From U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue

December 22, 2015

The second annual meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue took place on Monday, December 7, 2015, in Washington, DC, and reinforced and broadened cooperation on cyber issues as envisioned during the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit. The participants jointly affirmed specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:

  • International Security in Cyberspace
  • Internet Governance Developments in 2015 and 2016
  • U.S.-EU Cyber Related Work Streams
  • Upcoming Events
  • Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Online
  • Global Cyber Capacity Building

New York Releases See Something, Send Something App

December 21, 2015

In an effort to thwart potential terrorist attacks, New York has announced the release of the See Something, Send Something app that lets users who spot suspicious activity, such as an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place, send a photo or message to authorities. The message is routed to the New York State Intelligence Center, after which local police assess the situation and deploy stronger efforts if needed.

Source: GCN

DHS Science & Technology Awards $7.8 Million for Cyber Physical System Security Research

December 18, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the award of five contracts totaling $7.8 million for research on technologies to help defend against attacks on cyber physical systems. Awarded through Broad Agency Announcement HSHQDC-14-R- B00017, these projects are part of the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division’s larger Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program.

Source: DHS

Justice Department Announces New Accreditation Policies to Advance Forensic Science

December 17, 2015

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced that the Justice Department will, within the next five years, require department-run forensic labs to obtain and maintain accreditation and require all department prosecutors to use accredited labs to process forensic evidence when practicable. Additionally, the department has decided to use its grant funding mechanisms to encourage other labs around the country to pursue accreditation. The new policies arose out of recommendations made by the National Commission of Forensic Science (NCFS), which was established to advance the field of forensic science and make suggestions to the Attorney General on how to ensure that reliable and scientifically valid evidence is used when solving crimes.

Want to Obtain FBI Records a Little Quicker? Try New eFOIA System

December 16, 2015

The FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, a system that puts Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into a medium more familiar to an ever-increasing segment of the population. This new system allows the public to make online FOIA requests for FBI records and receive the results from a Web site where they have immediate access to view and download the released information.

Source: FBI

Global Releases Draft Service Specification for OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT

December 10, 2015

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to make available the following draft standards for an open public comment period:

Draft Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service:  Offender tracking systems generate vast amounts of data; however, community corrections agencies that operate offender tracking programs report that it is often difficult to share this data. This problem is most clearly manifested in cases where an agency is ending its contractual relationship with one offender tracking provider and moving to another. Agencies have expressed a desire to automatically transfer as much information as possible (e.g., demographic data, location data, violation, and alert data) from a previous provider to populate the data fields of the new providers software. This capability would allow the retention of important historical data and streamline the client re-enrollment process. This project was an effort to develop the models and technical components, in the form of a service specification, specific to the transfer of offender tracking information between systems. The goal of this project was to develop a Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Package (SSP) for the transfer of offender tracking information (offender tracking record) from one offender tracking system to another. Further, it is envisioned that this SSP could provide a foundation for future information exchange initiatives between multiple criminal justice agencies and the various offender tracking system providers that operate in this country. The capability for automated information sharing across jurisdictions and provider software platforms would greatly enhance public safety.

To review and comment on each service, please go to www.globaljusticetools.net.

DEADLINE to review and comment is December 23, 2015.

Utica College's Center for Identity Management and Information Protection Releases Report: "The New Face of Identity Theft"

November 25, 2015

Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) has just released its report, “The New Face of Identity Theft,” coinciding with International Fraud Awareness Week.

The study, which analyzed federal case data from 2008 to 2013, was intended to serve as a follow-up to CIMIP’s 2007 study, “Identity Fraud Trends and Patterns: Building a Data-Based Foundation for Proactive Enforcement.” The 2007 study evaluated identity crime trends to provide law enforcers with proactive rather than reactive means of combating identity theft. Both studies were supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs.

Source: PR Newswire

FAA Forms National Drone Registry Task Force

November 24, 2015

On October 29, 2015, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) released the full list of industry members who will serve on the UAS Registration Task Force.The FAA named 26 individuals representing aviation and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) trade organizations, drone and camera suppliers, and major retailers, including Walmart.

Those members will receive “expert support” from representatives of several federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, NASA, the Office of Management and Budget ,and the State Department. Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos, who heads Google’s Project Wing effort, will serve as cochairmen.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks on Violent Crime Reduction at Meeting with the U.S. Conference of Mayors

November 23, 2015

Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, leaders of the Conference met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday, November 16.  During the meeting, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. and Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser discussed various topics, including responses to the homicide and violence spikes currently occurring in a number of cities, as well as criminal justice reform.

Source: DOJ

Department of Justice Announces 10 Tribes to Participate in Initial Phase of Tribal Access Program to Improve Exchange of National Crime Information

November 18, 2015

The Department of Justice announced the first 10 tribes to participate in an initial User Feedback Phase of the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information, a program to provide federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes.

The User Feedback Phase will grant access to national crime information databases and technical support to the following tribes: the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation of Washington, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla of Oregon and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation of Arizona.

Source: DOJ

ODNI Releases Transparency Implementation Plan

November 18, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently published the implementation plan for the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community.  The principles are intended to facilitate intelligence community (IC) decisions on making information publicly available while continuing to protect information when disclosure would harm national security.  The implementation plan sets IC priorities for transparency, translating the principles into concrete, measurable initiatives.

Source: ODNI

Connecticut Receives Millions in ‘Second Chance Act’ Grants for Crime Reduction Initiatives

November 17, 2015

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded over $2.3 million in grants from the United States Department of Justice under the federal Second Chance Act that will help bolster one of the state’s criminal justice efforts.  The grants, awarded to the Department of Corrections, the City of New Haven, and a variety of nonprofit organizations, will support a wide range of efforts to reduce recidivism and help turn offenders into productive members of society.

CCPD Launches Data-Driven Program to Reduce Crime, Crashes on SPID

November 13, 2015

More officers will be placed in some areas of Corpus Christi, Texas, based on where crime analysts have observed a correlation between crime and vehicle crashes. The deployment of officers is based on five years of crime and crash data analyzed by the Corpus Christi Police Department. The enforcement program is modeled after Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Texas Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Institute of Justice.

Source: Caller

SEARCH Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing on Importance of Information Sharing to Effective Criminal Justice Reform

November 12, 2015

SEARCH organized and hosted an informational briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the key role that information-sharing plays in effective criminal justice reform—a top priority currently for lawmakers at all levels of government in the United States. As Congress reviews criminal justice reform legislation and policymakers implement reform at the state level, SEARCH’s briefing provided information on proven, effective, and low-cost solutions.

Source: SEARCH

Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in the ISE

November 10, 2015

The protection of the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) of individuals is a core tenet, foundational element, and enabler of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). In 2005, the Administration called for the development of a protection framework. This resulted in the Program Manager for the ISE issuing in December 2006 the Guidelines to Ensure that the Information Privacy and Other Legal Rights of Americans are Protected in the Development and Use of the Information Sharing Environment (the “ISE Privacy Guidelines”) to provide uniform protections for P/CRCL in information sharing activities. The Program Manager for the ISE has consistently worked with ISE mission partners at all levels of government and across the domains to put in place safeguards to ensure the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens.

Source: PM-ISE

IACP Releases 2015 Social Media Survey Results

November 9, 2015

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released the results from the 2015 Social Media Survey at the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. In the fall of 2015, the IACP conducted its sixth annual survey of law enforcement’s use of social media. The survey addressed the current state of practice and the emerging issues agencies are facing in regards to social media. The survey was sent electronically to law enforcement executives across the United States. A total of 553 law enforcement agencies, representing 44 states, participated in the survey.

Source: IACP

Department of Justice Announces New Guidebook on 21st Century Policing

November 6, 2015

The Department of Justice has released a new resource guide called The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guidebook, which outlines strategies to help communities, law enforcement, and local government implement recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  President Obama announced the new guidebook at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention in Chicago. 

“The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide highlights specific actions for local elected and appointed government officials, law enforcement agencies, communities, and other stakeholders to support a comprehensive approach to reduce crime and build trust and legitimacy,” said Director Ronald Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).  “Success will require collaboration and partnerships among these groups.”

Source: DOJ

ISE Program Manager to Speak at Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Breakfast

November 2, 2015

ISE Program Manager Kshemendra Paul will lead an INSA panel on information sharing environments. Mr. Paul and a panel of executives from the public and private sectors will discuss the benefits of virtualization. Appointed in 2010 by President Obama as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), Mr. Paul has government-wide authority to plan, oversee, and manage the Information Sharing Environment and also serves as cochair for the White House Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA-IPC).

Source: PM-ISE/INSA

DHS Announces Appointment of New Members of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

October 30, 2015

The Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the appointment of six new members to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). HSAAC consists of university presidents and academic leaders who provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community, including student and recent graduate recruitment, international students, academic research and faculty exchanges, campus resilience, homeland security academic programs, and cybersecurity.

Source: DHS

Intelligence Community Unveils State-of-the-Art Campus

October 28, 2015

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 7, 2015, to celebrate the opening of the Intelligence Community (IC) Campus-Bethesda. The purpose of the state-of-the-art facility, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is to develop a collaborative IC campus for the relocation of up to 3,000 intelligence professionals in the Washington National Capital area. The campus, which is conveniently located in the heart of the intelligence community, will host employees from ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Source: ODNI

Administration Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of Challenge.gov With Launch of More Than 20 New Public- and Private-Sector Prizes

October 27, 2015

The Obama Administration is celebrating the five-year anniversary of Challenge.gov, a historic effort by the federal government to collaborate with members of the public through incentive prizes to address our most pressing local, national, and global challenges. True to the spirit of the President’s charge from his first day in office, federal agencies have collaborated with more than 200,000 citizen solvers—entrepreneurs, citizen scientists, students, and more—in more than 440 challenges, on topics ranging from accelerating the deployment of solar energy, to combating breast cancer, to increasing resilience after Hurricane Sandy.

Source: White House

Chief’s Cybercrime Checklist

October 26, 2015

The Chief’s Checklist 2015 is a quick reference guide that supports police chiefs in understanding the broad topics of cybercrime and provides specific action items and resources to assist in those efforts. The checklist links to resources that elaborate on these topics in greater detail and connect chiefs to subject-matter experts for further collaboration. The information contained in the checklist highlights core information to help law-enforcement executives better protect their agencies from cyberthreats and better serve their communities.

Source: IACP LECC

Secret Service Launches New Web Site and Mobile App

October 23, 2015

The United States Secret Service recently announced the launch of its newly revamped Web site and a free mobile application (app). The new Web site and app will provide the Secret Service with a more innovative way to deliver important information about the agency’s missions and activities. “The new app and Web site will allow us to communicate more directly and transparently with the public,” said Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

Source: DHS

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015

October 22, 2015

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to our nation, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. For tips and resources you can use and share throughout the year, visit the DHS Stop.Think.Connect toolkit. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

Source: DHS

Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Reports Significant Progress

October 21, 2015

Over the past year, information sharing has been advanced across five mission areas:  watchlisting and screening, cybersecurity information sharing, incident management, state and regional ISEs, and maritime domain awareness. We have seen remarkable progress with Departmental ISEs with DHS; domain-specific ISEs in the maritime arena; and statewide and regional ISEs. The 2015 ISE Annual Report to the Congress serves as a progress report for the ISE across all mission areas and highlights key accomplishments of our information sharing environment partners across federal, state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and internationally.

Source: PM-ISE

Attorney General Lynch: Use-of-Force Data is Vital for Transparency and Accountability

October 8, 2015

In a press conference held at the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch reinforced the need for national, consistent data on law enforcement interactions with the communities they serve, especially with data collection on the use of force.  The Attorney General noted that the department has already taken steps to improve the accuracy and consistency of use-of-force data from law enforcement. Currently, federal authorities publish annual figures on the number of “justifiable homicides” by law enforcement.  But this reporting is voluntary and not all police departments participate, causing the figures to be incomplete. This lack of information is what has prompted the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration to work with law enforcement to improve the process.

Source: DOJ

Launching Nationwide Officer Safety Event Deconfliction

September 30, 2015

To further expand officer safety event deconfliction coverage nationwide, the Bureau of Justice Assistance launched the National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center’s Deconfliction Web site, in collaboration with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, and the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), and in partnership with the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment. The site is the first nationwide officer safety event deconfliction solution, and it was developed by integrating HIDTA’s Case Explorer, SAFETNet systems, and RISS’s RISSafe system. This is a significant milestone in enhancing officer safety throughout the country.

Source: NCIRC

U.S. Department Of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Awards More Than $107 Million to Hire Community Policing Officers

September 29, 2015

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has announced that more than $107 million in grant funding through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) will go to the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The Attorney General announced funding awards to nearly 200 law enforcement agencies across the nation, aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, 866 law enforcement positions.

Source: COPS Office

$7.5 Million Communications Upgrade Will Strengthen Local Law Enforcement

September 28, 2015

Oneida County in New York will use a state grant and county bond funding to help pay for a major $7.5 million upgrade to its emergency communications system. The project will replace the radio systems used by the Utica and Rome police and fire departments and New Hartford Police Department. Utica and New Hartford currently work on the same system that allows first responders to communicate with each other. Rome has its own system, making communication across these departments difficult. Sheriff's deputies and state police communicate over a common frequency, along with other law enforcement agencies in the county. The new systems will offer better coverage, signal strength, and channels to allow law enforcement to communicate with other agencies across county and state lines.

DOJ Gives $23 Million to Help Local Law Enforcement Buy Body Cameras

September 25, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently announced that body-worn camera funding will be given in the form of federal grants to 73 local and tribal agencies. The grants, which will be awarded by the department’s Office of Justice Programs and require a 50/50 in-kind or cash match, will require each agency to establish a strong implementation plan and training policy before purchasing the actual cameras as well as develop a long-term plan for storing the devices.

Source: The Hill

Iowa's Leading Nation in Creation of a New App

September 24, 2015

Iowa is on the leading edge of technology in an area that has not really changed in years: driver’s licenses. In August, the Iowa Department of Transportation began testing an app designed to house a digital, legal copy of a person’s driver’s license.

Cyberthreat Information Sharing in the Energy Sector

September 23, 2015

Information sharing about cyberthreats and cybersecurity is a key element of protection for every industry. Malicious attackers share information, and their intended victims also benefit from sharing what they learn about ongoing and potential threats.

But sharing threat and security information is particularly critical for the energy sector for a variety of related reasons. First and foremost, the electrical grid and other energy-related facilities are practically the definition of critical infrastructure. Major disruption or damage to these facilities could cause serious financial and economic dislocations at a minimum, and the potential for catastrophic damage is very real.

Montana’s Criminal Intelligence System Linked to RISS

September 18, 2015

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, working with the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) and in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has linked Montana’s criminal intelligence system to the RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel). The state of Montana, PM-ISE, a vendor, and RISS worked together to develop a data exchange model that was tested and operationally deployed. Montana’s criminal investigation information can now be queried directly from RISSIntel.  Montana initiated the project with the PM-ISE as part of an effort to increase information sharing between fusion centers. The Montana project piggybacked off of a larger effort by fusion centers in the Northeast to share their information with RISS, allowing the state to continue to safeguard privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. The contribution of Montana’s information now allows RISSIntel users to conduct a federated search of more than 35 state and regional systems with the use of a single user sign-on. This project also leverages the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Common Profile, and the Standards and Specifications Frameworks.

Source: ISE

RAND Report: Improving Information Sharing Across Law Enforcement: Why Can't We Know?

September 17, 2015

Law enforcement agencies increasingly demand sophisticated information technology capabilities to support their operations. These capabilities depend on records management systems, which maintain agencies’ case histories, and computer-aided dispatch systems, which maintain agencies’ calls for service and call response histories. There are also increasing demands to share information with regional, state, and federal repositories of criminal justice information.

While substantial progress has been made in improving the information sharing ability and affordability of key law enforcement systems, many barriers remain. This report reviews progress made on the National Information Exchange Model [NIEM], Global Reference Architecture [GRA], and the IJIS Institute’s Springboard compliance testing initiative, the sizable barriers remaining, and approaches to overcoming those barriers, helping the law enforcement community move from “why can’t we know?” to “we DO know?”.

Access the full RAND report at http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR600/RR645/RAND_RR645.pdf.

To learn more about Global standards, please visit http://www.it.ojp.gov/gsp.

Source: RAND

The FBI Has a New Home Base for Biometric Tech Research

September 15, 2015

On August 11, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened its 360,000-square-foot Biometric Technology Center, a brand-new facility built to support ongoing collaboration between the FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense’s Forensics and Biometrics Agency.

Source: GCN

Analyst Professional Development Road Map

September 14, 2015

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), with the support of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), recently released the Analyst Professional Development Road Map, which identifies a sustainable, professional career path for analysts operating within state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations. It is particularly geared for analysts supporting an agency’s intelligence function. This resource focuses on the development and enhancement of analytic-related knowledge, skills, and abilities over three overarching analyst levels (basic, intermediate, and advanced) and the minimum training recommended for achieving each level.

Source: GLOBAL

Jackson Joins the Open Data Movement

September 11, 2015

Jackson, Mississippi, is the latest city to join the open data movement with the mayor’s executive order on open data on September 1, 2015.  Mayor Tony T. Yarber is leading Jackson toward open data by establishing data policies, standardizing practices, and making key city datasets available internally and to city residents through an open data portal.

Source: GCN

Data Cop: Law Enforcement Officials See a Bigger Place for Crime Analysts in Policing

August 28, 2015

The Dane County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office is beginning to take a deeper dive into using statistics to drive policing efforts. Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney stated that the agency does not have the budget to add officers or deputies and that the best, most cost-effective measure is intelligence-based policing--using technologies and tracking systems to make decisions regarding the deployment of resources.

Source: Cap Times

5-State Data Clearinghouse Cuts Duplicate Benefits Payments

August 27, 2015

By sharing data on food and disaster assistance beneficiaries with four partner states, Mississippi is saving about $161,000 per month, or $1.932 million a year in duplicate payments. Yet the group is not keeping its success to itself. After all, the more states that participate, the more improper payments will be found, increasing the potential for savings.

Source: GCN

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

August 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice is launching an initial phase of the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information to provide federally recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP will allow tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by ensuring the exchange of critical data.

Source: DOJ

New York To Deploy Statewide Emergency Management Software

August 25, 2015

Every New York county will now have access to free universal emergency management software that will give local governments and state agencies one system in which to register and share incident reports, resource requests, and other vital information in disaster-related situations. The new system also will update counties on local disasters and integrate telephone, radio, video, and file sharing into one application. Currently, counties across the state use a variety of software systems; some have no emergency software at all.

Source: GCN

One of the World's Biggest Law Enforcement Agencies Is Creating Its Own Dark Web

August 21, 2015

INTERPOL is creating a private dark Web network where it hopes to reverse engineer the technologies used by cybercriminals to avoid law enforcement.  The simulated dark Web will be used in a five-day INTERPOL training course to help train law enforcement officers in how criminals on the dark Web operate. The course also will include simulated dark Web takedown operations.

New Jersey Town Brings Real-Time Multimedia to 9-1-1 Calls

August 20, 2015

The Township of Lakewood, New Jersey, has upgraded its 9-1-1 emergency system with software that supports real-time multimedia communication between mobile callers and public safety answering points. The software addresses two major weaknesses within most 9-1-1 systems: location accuracy and situational awareness.

Source: GCN

Top Technology Needs in Criminal Justice

August 19, 2015

Internet-based technologies just over the horizon could dramatically change how criminal justice agencies operate, according to a new National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-supported study by the RAND Corporation. Based on feedback from a panel of practitioners and technology experts, the report identified what upcoming Internet technologies could do for criminal justice efforts.

Promising tools could reduce case backlog through remotely conducted trials, enhance law enforcement investigations by integrating criminal records across agencies, and securely monitor low-level offenders in the community rather than jail.  Many of these technological developments also raise issues related to civil rights, privacy rights, and cybersecurity that must be addressed.

Read the report.

Source: NIJ

Global Releases Minor Revisions to Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Standards

August 17, 2015

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, is pleased to make available minor revisions to the following Global Reference Architecture (GRA) standards:

GRA Service Specification Guidelines (GRA SSG), Version 1.2:  The GRA Service Specification Guidelines (GRA SSG) is one of the key GRA Service Specification artifacts.  The GRA SSG contains practical information on how to use the GRA Service Specification Package (GRA SSP) and the sample conformant GRA package and set of templates included within it.  In addition, the GRA SSG contains the normative requirements to be followed when creating GRA SSPs.  This version incorporates minor changes by adding underscores between key words and folder names.   You may access the document by clicking on the title link above.

GRA Service Specification Package, Version 1.2, (Template):  The GRA Service Specification Package (SSP) is a package of 12 templates that developers will find useful when developing a service specification. Please refer to the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Guideline version 1.2.0 (above) for practical information on how to use the GRA SSP and the sample conformant GRA package and set of templates included within it.  This version incorporates a minor revision to the included Service Interface Description Document (SIDD) and additional minor changes to the technical internals.  Please refer to the "SSP Change Log" within this .zip package for additional details. You may access this package of documents by clicking on the title link above.

Source: GLOBAL

Collaboration Targets South Monterey County Violence

August 13, 2015

The South Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration (SMCVSC) is designed to bring various law enforcement agencies in California together to share criminal intelligence and combat violence in the South Monterey County, California, jurisdiction.  The SMCVSC facilitates the sharing of intelligence to identify people believed to be involved in street gang violence and to take action against those people to help lower the violence in the area.

Source: The Californian

Law Enforcement Agencies Face Complex Data Challenges

August 12, 2015

Many law enforcement agencies find themselves at a crossroads today. Data demands are growing exponentially—from the footage captured by body-worn cameras to fingerprint files, criminal records, and surveillance video. And while the digital media information and evidence law enforcement officers collect is vitally important, many departments lack both the staff needed to manage it and the storage needed to contain it.

As a result, many are turning to cloud solutions.

Data Sharing Helps North Carolina Detect Workers’ Comp Fraud

August 10, 2015

North Carolina is now using shared state government data to crack down on businesses that falsify and illegally cancel workers’ compensation coverage. The state's Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC) makes it possible, and real revenues are being generated as a result.

GDAC is the statewide data analytics project that facilitates data sharing and integration among participating agencies by making data sources available and helping agencies to define and develop their analytic needs.  Established in 2007 as a business intelligence program in the state controller's office, GDAC moved into the Office of Information Technology Services in 2014 and has redoubled its efforts to share data and improve government operations.

Source: GCN

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Highlighted at Northeast Regional Intelligence Group Meetings

August 7, 2015

The Northeast Regional Intelligence Group (NRIG) recently met in Jersey City, New Jersey, to share best practices on information sharing.  The three-day event included presentations on the integration of cybersecurity into states’ fusion centers. Included in this cyber discussion were representatives from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness who provided an overview of their early experiences of cybersecurity integration in the state of New Jersey at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC).

Source: ISE

Global Releases Two Draft Service Specifications for OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT

August 6, 2015

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 the following draft standards for an open public comment period:

Draft Arrest Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting arrest information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding arrests.  This service provides the ability to report new arrests, provide updates to arrests, and is intended to assist with automating policy response to reporting arrest information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue arrest reports, most likely law enforcement agencies.

Draft Disposition Reporting Reference Service:  Reporting disposition information is critical in keeping justice business partners and systems up-to-date with current details regarding dispositions.  This service provides the ability to report dispositions and is intended to assist with automating a policy response to reporting disposition information.   A likely consumer of this service is any agency able to issue disposition reports, most likely courts.

Deadline to review and comment is August 18, 2015.

Source: GSC

Indiana: A Showcase for the Integration of Visualization, Mobility, and Analytics

August 5, 2015

Although countless governments across the country can now claim some digital accomplishment, few have managed the wholesale transformation of government services in recent years better than Indiana, with its child and infant welfare efforts.

Over the past decade, the Hoosier State’s child welfare caseworkers have traded in notepads for mobile tools. They have also swapped out a cumbersome IT system for an innovative case management software pioneered by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. And in the state health department, officials have used highly sophisticated data analytics to take on one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country.

Source: Data-Smart

Mobile Apps Drive Fleet Management

August 3, 2015

As government agencies look for more efficient ways to manage their vehicle fleets, smartphone-based apps are providing benefits to both drivers and fleet managers.

The State Department’s Integrated Logistics Management System (ILMS) Mobile Driver tracks a global fleet of 14,000 vehicles in more than 260 locations in 176 countries, supporting more than 40 U.S. government agencies.

Source: GCN

DHS Expands Access to Virtual Cybersecurity Training

July 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding access to its Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) program to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government employees—part of the department's efforts to build a strong cyber workforce that can keep up with evolving technology and increasing cybersecurity risks.

The online program, which is sponsored by DHS and supported by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis, as well as preparation exams for security certifications. The free, governmentwide program includes more than 150 demos and 3,000-related materials, including videotaped lectures and hands-on virtual labs where users can practice what they have learned on a "sandbox" network.

Source: GCN

Plans Move Forward in Establishing Intelligence Center in Hidalgo County, Texas

July 22, 2015

Texas will soon have a more effective way to target border crime via an intelligence center operated by law enforcement in Hidalgo County. The establishment of the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center was part of House Bill 11, which was recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The intelligence center will be operated by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the McAllen Police Department with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Source: valleycentral

White House Orders All Federal Sites Go HTTPS By the End of 2016

July 20, 2015

In a bid to close potential vulnerabilities in the government's Web presence, the White House is mandating every public federal Web site switch to a more secure Internet connection standard within about a year and a half. The connection technology, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), provides site visitors more privacy and confidence while they are looking at official government Web sites. The secure protocol also prevents a lot of Web surfing behavior from being watched or toyed with. Come December 31, 2016, every public federal site must be protected with HTTPS.

Source: Nextgov

Transformation of the DHS/DOJ Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program

July 17, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Department of Justice Fusion Process Technical Assistance (TA) Program (TA Program) and fusion centers nationwide are undergoing an exciting stage in their evolution. With the maturation of the National Network of Fusion Centers, the TA Program is evolving to meet the expanding needs of fusion centers. This growth will require a TA Program that is capable of working with both fusion centers and their key stakeholders to address expectations and facilitate understanding of the benefits and value of increased partnerships.

Source: ISE

IACP Launches the Law Enforcement Cyber Center

July 15, 2015

On May 18, 2015, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) launched the Law Enforcement Cyber Center, http://www.iacpcybercenter.org.  The center is an online portal that is designed to educate and build the capacity of justice and public safety agencies to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and respond to cyberthreats and cybercrimes. The center is designed to address three principal areas: cybercrime investigation, digital forensics, and information systems security.

Source: IACP

NIST Maps the Future of Location Services in Public Safety

July 13, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Program has released the Location-Based Services R&D Roadmap.  The roadmap serves as the first installment of a larger vision for advanced public safety communications networks and covers the relevant technologies and location-based services that will boost situational awareness for emergency responders and medical services. It also serves as a continuous planning guide for public safety communications research.

Source: NIST

DOJ Establishes Policy Guidance on Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

July 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued agency-wide policy guidance on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that sets standards of use and management controls of UAS by the department and its components.  The policy highlights privacy protections and makes clear that UAS use must be consistent with the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution.  DOJ components are prohibited from using UAS for monitoring First Amendment-protected events and may only operate UAS on properly authorized investigations and activities.

Source: DOJ

BJA Debuts Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

May 22, 2015

In direct response to President Barrack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has developed the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit—an online clearinghouse of resources designed to assist law enforcement agencies in planning and implementing body-worn camera (BWC) programs. The toolkit consolidates and organizes the growing body of knowledge about BWC programs into key topic areas, such as research, policy, technology, and privacy.

Source: BJA