Justice Information Sharing Podcasts

SEARCH is pleased to announce our newest medium for sharing peer-to-peer best practices, challenges, and successes from across the country: Podcasting.

Just added December 2012! Podcast #9, an update of the N-DEx program and system
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This podcast series on Justice Information Sharing - National Initiatives, Programs, Projects and Technologies will feature discussions and interviews among practitioners, industry experts, and government leaders regarding a variety of justice and public safety issues. The podcast series, which began in 2009, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

"This exciting, new and efficient alternative provides interesting and useful information while you are on the go," said SEARCH Deputy Executive Director Scott Came. "Whether commuting, traveling, exercising, or multi-tasking (at a reasonable volume) in your office, the Justice Information Sharing podcasts are a simple way to stay current on developments across the country."

Podcast #1:
Topic: Bureau of Justice Assistance Outlook and Priorities in 2009
Hear what trends are attracting attention across the country and what the justice community can anticipate in the near future.


The Honorable Domingo Herraiz, Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Kelly Peters Harbitter, Deputy Executive Director, SEARCH

Podcast #2:
Topic: Understanding the Justice Reference Architecture
Learn from the experts on how your integration efforts can leverage a service oriented architecture framework specifically designed for the justice community.


Dr. Thomas Clarke, Vice-President of Research and Technology, National Center for State Courts, and Chair, Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group
Scott Came, Director of Systems and Technology, SEARCH

Podcast #3:
Topic: Maintaining Project Momentum During Budget Reductions
Every state and local justice agency faces difficulty maintaining momentum for justice information sharing projects during budget downturns. Learn how a few state leaders deal with this scenario and apply similar techniques in your jurisdiction.


Gary K. Cooper Director, Criminal Justice Information Services. California Dept. of Justice
Linda Rosenberg Director, Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements, PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Dave Steingraber WI Executive Director, WI Office of Justice Assistance

Mr. Cooper, Ms. Rosenberg, and Mr. Steingraber serve as the SEARCH Members from California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Podcast #4:
Topic: JIEM® 4.1 - New Features and Functionality

Part I: Platform; Modeling Tool and Reports


Part II: Exchange Information Modeling; NIEM and JRA integration; Training and Success Stories


Note: It is recommended that listeners review the JIEM® pages on the SEARCH website before listening to the podcast.

The JIEM® Modeling Tool is an easy-to-use software package that enables justice system practitioners to build a model of their "as-is" and "to-be" information exchanges. Using the Tool, practitioners apply the JIEM® Methodology, documenting requirements for electronic information sharing, capturing both the information content and business context of information exchanges.

The release of JIEM® 4.0 on the Eclipse platform proved to be a great success in 2008. SEARCH continues to enhance features and functionality of the JIEM® Tool through the release of JIEM® 4.1. This podcast explores the new features and functionality in the JIEM® 4.1 Modeling Tool, as well as plans for enhancements and integration with NIEM and Web Services for 2009.

Scott Came, Director of the Systems & Technology Program, SEARCH
Mark Perbix, Justice Information Systems Specialist, SEARCH
Andrew Owen, Justice Information Systems Specialist, SEARCH
Mo West, Justice Information Systems Specialist, SEARCH

Podcast #5:
Topic: The Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) initiative
Justice organizations are looking for ways to provide secured access to multiple agency information systems with a single logon. The GFIPM initiative provides the justice community with a security and information sharing architecture that is based on an electronic justice credential. This standards-based justice credential can be used to securely connect law enforcement and public safety personnel to interagency applications and data over the Internet.


John Ruegg - Chair, Global Security Working Group (GSWG), Director, Los Angeles County (California) Information Systems Advisory Board (ISAB)
James Dyche - Applications Administrator, Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET)

Podcast #6:
Topic: The "What" and "Why" of N-DEx
Operational since March 2008, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System was developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and is an investigative tool to exchange criminal justice information across disparate local, state, tribal, and federal justice systems.

Part 1 [28:05]


  • N-DEx benefits and services
  • Filling the information sharing gaps
  • Crossing jurisdiction boundaries through information sharing
  • Consolidating information for local/state/federal use
  • Lessons from the past
  • Solving and preventing crimes through information relationships across jurisdictions
  • Standards
  • Scaling N-DEx use based on specific needs
  • Leveraging standards (NIEM, LEXS)
  • Large or small agency recommendations
  • Leveraging reuse
  • Major city/county benefits of using N-DEx
  • Smaller agency benefits
  • Improving both internal and external information sharing/access, relationships and governance
  • Data quality
  • A building of trust
  • Breaking down barriers

Part 2 [28:39]


  • Partnerships and changes in the information sharing culture
  • 2-way communication of information
  • Local information sharing responsibilities
  • From "Need to Know" to "Need to Share"
  • Subject Matter Expert involvement in N-DEx development
  • N-DEx liaison support for onboarding local/state agencies
  • It's about trust and collaboration
  • N-DEx information access and privacy
  • Red, Green and Yellow?
  • N-DEx training and use
  • Why participate in N-DEx? - Why not?
  • Information technology past, present and future
  • Leadership and partnership
  • N-DEx benefits
  • Solving crimes
  • N-DEx assistance for agencies going forward

Ron Hawley, Executive Director, SEARCH (Moderator)
Chief Mark A. Marshall, First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Pam Scanlon, Executive Director, Automated Regional Justice Information System
Deputy Chief Christopher M. Moore, San Jose (California) Police Department
Captain Scott D. Edson, Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff's Department

Podcast #7:
Topic: JRA Service Specifications
A key component of the JRA is the Service Specification. Service Specifications afford organizations and agencies within the justice and public safety communities with implementable specifications designed to promote reuse and reduce the cost and effort associated with service deployment.

In 2009, the Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG) established the Services Task Team (STT) to develop reference Service Specifications and to assist justice practitioners in the Service Specification development process. The development and publication of operationally-relevant reference Service Specifications will advance and speed adoption of the Global JRA.


  • Overview of Service Specifications and the JRA
  • The Service Specification Package (SSP)
  • Structure and Artifacts of the SSP
  • Service Specifications and NIEM IEPDs what is the relationship?
  • The Service Specification Guideline (SSG)
  • Examples - (Reference Service Specification Packages)
  • Development of Service Specifications
  • Benefits of developing and using SSPs
  • SSPs, NIEM, the JRA and GFIPM
  • Service Task Team (STT) Development of more Reference SSPs - JRA Service Registry development effort.

Iveta Topalova, Chief Architect, Analysts International Inc.
James Dyche, Applications Administrator, Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET)

Podcast #8:
Topic: Reentry Information Sharing Pilot Project
BJA has sponsored a project is to design, develop and implement a set of information sharing capabilities that can be used by the corrections community to exchange information between public safety, human/social services partners, and other community resources that participate in the offender reentry process.

The overall goal of the pilot project(s) is to demonstrate improved efficiencies and effectiveness of the reentry process through the sharing of information.


  • Background on a Reentry Focus for Information Sharing
  • Pilot Project selection and participants
  • Pilot project business requirements
  • Role of the Technical Assistance partnering organizations
  • Information sharing standards
  • Project Goals
  • Project deliverables and implementation

Robert L. May, Associate Director, Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA)
Mark Perbix, Justice Information Systems Specialist, SEARCH

For questions about how your agency/jurisdiction can participate in N-DEx, call the FBI CJIS Division Help Desk, and tell the operator you have an N-DEx-related question:
(304) 625-4357
Podcast #9*
Topic: N-DEx Now Update on the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange Program and System
In 2009, SEARCH recorded a discussion among some of the early N-DEx adopters, which provided insights on the who, what, and why of the N-DEx system. (See Podcast #6, above.) This 2012 podcast provides an update on the N-DEx program over the past three years and how agencies are utilizing the system.


The discussion addresses:
  • N-DEX, a national system to share information: A basic overview
  • Why sharing information is ideal
  • What information is available
  • Who participates in N-DEx
  • How to begin using N-DEx
  • Steps being taken to minimize barriers for participation
  • Success stories from N-DEx users
  • Where to get more information about N-DEx

Chris Brown, N-DEx Outreach Liaison, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Supervisory Special Agent Michael Haas, Unit Chief and Program Manager, N-DEx Program Office, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, FBI
Supervisory Special Agent Jeffrey C. Lindsey, N-DEx Unit Chief (former), CJIS Division, FBI
Michael Jacobson, Justice Information Sharing Specialist, SEARCH

*This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-DJ-BX-K047 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.