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IJIS Represented at the Global Meeting

Posted By Robert L. May II, Friday, September 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I represented the IJIS Institute, along with Executive Director Jarral, at the Global Justice Information Sharing Advisory Committee Summer 2018 Meeting in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. It was a productive meeting that brought together many of the stakeholder organizations in justice information sharing.


The Advisory Committee first heard an address from the director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Mr. Jon Adler. They also heard from BJA about enhancing overdose tracking and analytic capabilities to address the opioid crisis.


The meeting featured a discussion on Global priorities and recommendations for 2018-2019. These include the following Global Executive Steering Committee and BJA recommended priorities:

  • Methamphetamine abuses associated with the opioid crisis.
  • Identification of the common data element of school violence three assessments.
  • Information sharing gaps in immigration enforcement.
  • Recommendations on improving disposition reporting.
  • Law enforcement exemptions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Guidance on student tips and leads reporting.

The Advisory Committee meeting featured a number of updates, including one on the Critical Nontraditional Information Exchange Task Team that I chaired. The CNIE Task Team began as a priority identified by the Criminal Justice Technology Forecasting Group (CJTFG) which identified the exchange of critical nontraditional information as a priority for the justice domain. The CJTFG, in coordination with the GAC, established this task team to identify nontraditional pieces of information that are critical to law enforcement, providers, and involved individuals if shared in a criminal justice exchange. Through the use of virtual meetings, a face-to-face scoring session, webinars, and offline subgroup tasking, the team identified domains, subdomains, and the nontraditional data elements for each domain. Domain-specific subgroups worked together to identify and map: sources of the each element, recipients for the data, purposes for each exchange, and any known obstacles. All of the data elements and their associated information (sources, recipients, etc.) were incorporated into a table, which was scored and prioritized, and real-world use case scenarios were developed to demonstrate how an agency might use the information to improve outcomes. Agencies should consider these nontraditional domain data elements when planning to build or upgrading a record management system.

I later provided an IJIS update on behalf of Ashwini Jarral which included updates on current relevant IJIS projects including the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust project which will impact school safety (one of Global’s current priorities). Other updates included the IJIS Springboard Program’s Cyber Standards Check subscription service, the Courts Service Provider Directory, the resources being developed by the IJIS Background Check Task Force, and the newly formed Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.  

The Advisory Committee also heard updates from the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council and the Nationwide Criminal History Records Task Team. Following the updates, the Advisory Committee reviewed information from two tools/resources, the Council of State Government’s 50-State Summit on Public Safety and the FirstNet App Ecosystem.


The most important takeaways from this meeting were:

  • The need for guidance on the use of drones by law enforcement and the ever-evolving challenge their use creates for law enforcement. Members suggested Global consider developing best practices and documenting success stories and model policies for the use of emerging technologies involving video such as Unmanned Arial Vehicles.
  • The desire of BJS to determine how technology can help bridge the gaps in information sharing related to immigration data.

The Global Advisory Committee plans to meet again in by conference call on October 30th. 

Tags:  BJA  Global 

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Global Service Development Workshops

Posted By Robert L. May II, Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) serves as a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) and advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. Global was created to support the broad scale exchange of pertinent justice and public safety information. It promotes standards-based electronic information exchange to provide the justice community with timely, accurate, complete, and accessible information in a secure and trusted environment.

Global is conducting a series of service-development workshops in June and July in Denver in which I have been participating for the IJIS Institute. The goal of these workshops is to build upon the data analysis work of Global's Corrections Management and Reentry Task Team, which recently reviewed the risk-needs instruments used across the country. The work groups are comprised of subject-matter experts on the various topics related to data elements found across the multiple risk needs tools related to the four topic areas: 1) Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment, & Suspension, 2) Mental Health & Anti-Social Behavior, 3) Substance Abuse, and 4) Education (a virtual work shop). The IJIS Institute’s involvement in these workshops is a result of our participation on the Corrections Management and Reentry Task Team and on Justice Health information sharing. The work group discussions have been rich in content as the SMEs include many practitioners from the health and justice fields.


Tags:  Corrections  Global  justice-to-Health  Reentry 

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IJIS Appoints New Technical Advisory Committee Chair

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The IJIS Institute is happy to announce the appointment of Tom Carlson, owner of Tom Carlson Consulting, as chair of the IJIS Institute Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC).

The IJIS Institute's IJIS Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC) develops policies, programs, and training or educational materials in support of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) that can be adopted or disseminated by industry as a whole. The I-TAC reviews significant issues under consideration to develop and document industry recommendations and positions by various national committees. As the steering committee for the IJIS Institute National Information Sharing Standards (NISS) Help Desk, the I-TAC provides guidance, review, and issue resolution for the IJIS Institute staff.

Carlson is the owner and principal of Tom Carlson Consulting LLC, a small consulting firm specializing in projects related to the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), including training delivery and development, tool development, information exchange development, and conversions/conversion assessments.

IJIS Institute Board of Directors Chairman George Cruser, who appointed Carlson to lead I-TAC, added, “Tom’s expertise in information sharing standards and his long-time affiliation with the committee made him the natural selection to lead the committee and continue the good work in support of Global information sharing products and the NISS Help Desk.”

Tags:  committee  Global  I-TAC  NIEM 

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