Department of Justice
Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides resources and leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America. This division of the DOJ provides grants for the implementation of crime fighting strategies and offers guidance for information sharing across different enterprises.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Since September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has shifted from a traditional crime-fighting agency into an intelligence-led, threat-driven organization, guided by clear operational strategies. Today’s FBI is focused on predicting and preventing the threats we face while at the same time engaging with the communities we serve. This shift has led to a greater reliance on technology, collaboration, and information sharing.
Staff from the Bureau work alongside ISE to ensure success in information sharing, and help lead the way to form effective policies going forward. Bureau staff serve on essential working groups to formulate standards and tools across the law enforcement community.
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global)
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 a ''group of groups,'' representing more than 30 independent organizations, spanning the spectrum of law enforcement, judicial, correctional, and related bodies. Member organizations participate in Global with a shared responsibility and shared belief that, together, they can bring about positive change by making recommendations and supporting the initiatives of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Global's mission-the efficient sharing of data among justice entities-is at the very heart of modern public safety and law enforcement. To help steer and facilitate Global efforts, the U.S. Attorney General reached out to key personnel from local, state, tribal, federal, and international justice entities to form the Global Advisory Committee (GAC).
The GAC includes agency executives and policymakers, automation planners and managers, information practitioners, and, most importantly, end users. This last group distinguishes GAC as a committee whose members remain actively dedicated to information sharing because they continue to be producers, consumers, and administrators of crucial justice-related data. GAC membership reflects the tenet that the entire justice community must be involved in information exchange. Experts represent the following constituencies:
- Law enforcement agencies
- Public defenders
- Corrections agencies
- Probation and parole departments
- Additional agencies directly involved in the justice process.
The GAC operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act provisions and convenes twice a year in Washington, DC. Meetings are announced in the GAC Working Groups; development of technology standards, such as the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM); creation of white papers on data sharing issues, such as the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP); and the dissemination of information via the Global website.
The GAC Working Groups work collaboratively to address the policy, connectivity, and jurisdictional issues that have hampered effective justice information sharing. Global working groups are comprised of GAC members and other subject-matter experts who expand GAC's knowledge and experience. The groups are formed around timely issues impacting justice information sharing.
The work of the GAC has implications of the highest importance-making it the foremost voice for justice information sharing. For instance, it is involved in:
- Strategic Solutions to Transform our Nation's Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing
- Global Briefing Booklet
- Global Information Sharing Toolkit
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Office of Justice Programs
- Office of Tribal Justice
- Nationwide SAR Initiative