IJIS Institute

IJIS Institute Receives Grants for Information Sharing Projects

Press Release   •   Oct 26, 2010 10:16 EDT

The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security, announces it has received several federal grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (U.S. Department of Justice) to continue its key projects and begin work in new areas of information sharing.

Highlights of the IJIS Institute’s federal awards include:

Funding to continue IJIS Institute cornerstone program to provide training, technology assistance, and help desk services on information sharing standards and concepts including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and Justice Reference Architecture (JRA).

New funding to facilitate the identification of critical issues for sharing data between justice and the health and human services community to help mitigate the problems associated with re-entry.

Funding to continue the IJIS Institute’s important work on the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI). The NSI is a partnership among local, state, tribal, and federal agencies to establish a unified process for reporting, tracking, and accessing SARs in a manner that rigorously protects the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of Americans.

Additional funding to support IJIS Institute’s gang information sharing project in the development of information exchange standards and collaboration with national partners around best-practice solutions to combating gang proliferation and activity.

Funding to support the development of a set of computer aided dispatch (CAD) functional specifications for law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical services applications in partnership with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

Continued funding to provide technology assistance to the states and develop tools and specifications for the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Information Exchange (PMIX), a project that helps states exchange dispensed controlled-substance prescription data.

Continued funding to create a Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) information sharing standard that allows states to leverage their current processes and systems. Additional funding to manage the implementation of three state information sharing pilots connecting state SAVIN systems with local law enforcement.

The IJIS Institute is also pleased to be partnered with organizations receiving federal awards and will: assist in the implementation phase of current “pilot” efforts to establish effective reentry strategies through improved corrections information sharing with law enforcement; and assist with the development of information sharing standards and capabilities supporting state criminal history reporting of criminal dispositions, arrest warrants, domestic violence protective orders, and mental health records.

Paul Wormeli, executive director of the IJIS Institute, stated, “This funding not only provides fuel for our successful projects to continue pushing forward towards more success but also allows the Institute to apply the experience and knowledge of our membership in new areas that will further the implementation of information sharing.”

About the IJIS Institute—The IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve critical information sharing for those who protect and serve our communities. The IJIS Institute provides training, technology assistance, national scope issue management, and program management services to help government fully realize the power of information sharing. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with national headquarters on The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the IJIS Institute has grown to more than 300 member and affiliate companies across the United States. For more information visit www.IJIS.org.