Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $400,000)
In today’s era of advanced technology, high public expectations call for law enforcement to operate responsibly in the handling of criminal intelligence information (CII). To ensure ongoing and permitted access to CII, there is an ongoing need to deliver accessible, clear, logical, and cost-effective standardized training and technical assistance (TTA) to support and educate agencies on the proper collection, submission, use, retention, access, and sharing of CII, and the implementation of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) protections, as identified in the Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies (28 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 23) regulatory guidance.
To meet this need, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) proposes a comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) program to educate law enforcement agencies on the requirements of 28 CFR Part 23. The proposed TTA program will be structured to provide high-quality, robust, and cost-effective TTA reflecting current law and sound operational practices. IIR will provide an intuitive online training program that emphasizes the core principles of the requirements of 28 CFR Part 23 and facilitates widespread understanding of CII systems. As part of this effort, IIR will maintain a user completion database and leverage data for Bureau of Justice Assistance reporting. To increase online training completions and enhance the understanding of the regulation and its applicability to specialized roles within agency operations, IIR will conduct custom, virtual educational events designed for policymakers, managers, intelligence analysts, and other related law enforcement professionals. Further, to assure the proper handling of CII and regulation compliance, IIR will perform compliance reviews to ensure agency CII systems comply with the regulation. IIR will also provide a help desk to respond to TTA-related questions and requests received from the field.
The culmination of this effort will be a dynamic and contemporary TTA program; increased knowledge of the operating principles of 28 CFR Part 23; a greater understanding of the related policies required to promote privacy, security, and accountability in the management of information and intelligence; and guidance and tips that describe how agencies can implement the regulation in an agency-appropriate and cost-effective manner.
IIR has supported this project since the inception of the program, and as such, offers an unparalleled capability to continue to coordinate the delivery of the program without a lapse in service while also enhancing the program to continue to expand the understanding and application of 28 CFR Part 23 in the field.