Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices, and providing grants for the implementation of crime fighting strategies. OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges, and to provide information, training, and innovative strategies to address these challenges.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
In the years since September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has evolved from a traditional law enforcement agency into an intelligence-led, threat-driven organization, guided by clear operational strategies.
With an increased reliance on technology, collaboration, and information sharing, today’s FBI is focused on predicting and preventing threats while also engaging with the communities it serves.
To ensure information sharing success, Bureau staff work alongside ISE personnel, formulating policies, standards, and tools for dissemination 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) established to support the exchange of justice and public safety information on a broad scale and to advise the U.S. Attorney General on information sharing and integration initiatives.
Global promotes standards-based electronic information exchange as a means 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