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Improving IT Procurement Series Part 7: Negotiating a Contractual Agreement with the Selected Supplier

This is the seventh of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Advisory Committee and offers [...]

The Convergence of Justice, Human Services, and Health Care

GUEST AUTHOR: Paul Wormeli, Wormeli Consulting LLC & Executive Director Emeritus, IJIS Institute

In 2006, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that “At midyear 2005 more than half of all prison and jail inmates had a mental health problem, including 705,600 inmates in State prisons, 78,800 in Federal prisons, and 479,900 in local jails. These [...]

A Measure of Sanity

April 1, 2013. “One out of many” – E pluribus unum – is a great motto for a country, especially the huge democracy that is the U.S. No doubt, there’s incredible strength in our numbers and diversity. But what’s far from ideal is that each of the 50 semi-autonomous states within the U.S. has its [...]

Reaching Across Boundaries

October 23, 2012. Even within an organization that might think of itself as an enterprise, such as a police department or a hospital, there are impediments to open communications and information sharing. Tightly knit communities of interest within enterprises are generally regarded as places where information is freely and openly shared in order for the [...]

To Share or to Hoard?

October 12, 2012. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the hue and cry across the country was that the federal government—and, particularly, its intelligence agencies—were not able to share critical information among the state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that might provide guidance on how to prevent acts of terrorism. This theme was [...]

Walking the Last Mile

August 21, 2012. In implementing telecommunications systems, the toughest part is often the last mile of interconnectedness, where the customer is actually and finally connected to the distribution network. People think of the last mile as the most costly part of telecommunications, and the one that is finished last. But when you think of this [...]

Context is Everything

Raw data is not meaningful; it’s the context in which data are collected and viewed that generates meaning. Context can also help us deal with the information overload that everyone faces in these times of intensive information distribution. [...]

A National Consensus vs a Federal Standard

At the Virtual Executive Steering Committee Town Hall, scheduled for Thursday July 19, 2-3 p.m. EST, you’ll have an opportunity to ask U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Richard Spires, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) CIO Luke McCormack, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CIO Frank Baitman questions about planned NIEM activities, to provide feedback, and to share your ideas about the future. You can email your town hall questions ahead of time by sending them to information@niem.gov. To register for this free event, please RSVP at http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/A320334. [...]

Beyond the Field of Dreams

July 11, 2012. Large organizations, including government agencies, universities, and companies, often develop new products and services for which the demand seems quite low. These mystery launches recall the mantra popularized by the 1989 film “Fields of Dreams”: “if we build it, they will come.”

Even in the fantasy world of the movie, it was [...]

A Bridge to Somewhere

March 5, 2012. As Robert Frost continues to remind us, we have “miles to go before we sleep” when it comes to there being full information sharing just within the domain of the law enforcement and justice community. But we might see even more powerful rewards as we begin to introduce a strong capacity to [...]