Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $750,000)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), furthers the Department's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities in preventing drug abuse and crime. In fiscal year 2007, the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program will focus on funding local, regional, and national efforts within six major categories: 1) targeting violent crime; 2) preventing crime and drug abuse; 3) enhancing local law enforcement; 4) enhancing local courts; 5) enhancing local corrections and offender reentry; and 6) facilitating justice information sharing. All categories combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) will implement this project funded under Category 6: Facilitating Justice Information Sharing. They will support the Global Infrastructure and Standards Working Group. NCSC will enhance the development and propagation of the Justice Reference Architecture (JRA), including, but not limited to, developing a starter set of Fusion Center Services, mapping the JRA to other federal agency architectures to enhance information sharing and interoperability, developing the related security and privacy models, and creating additional JRA service interaction profiles to support the widest possible JRA implementation.