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Global Justice Reference Architecture Implementation Assistance Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $597,923)

This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system. The JAG Program authorization also provides that 'the Attorney General may reserve not more than 5 percent, to be granted to 1 or more states or units of local government for 1 or more of the purposes specified in section 3751 of this title, pursuant to his determination that the same is necessary ' (1) to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.' (42 U.S.C. 3756).

The National Justice Information Sharing Initiative, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), helps improve criminal justice systems and provides national programs and national efforts such as training and technical assistance to strategically address the needs of state and local justice systems and communities.

The SEARCH Group Inc. will enable implementation of the Global Justice Reference Architecture (JRA) in the criminal justice community. They will identify a minimum of three jurisdictions (local, state, regional, or tribal) in which to support JRA planning and implementation, and provide the necessary technical assistance, evaluation, and reporting of results. The SEARCH Group Inc. will collaborate with justice leaders in promoting JRA adoption, and use the results of the implementation program to drive awareness and future progress. They will evaluate the interfaces of the JRA with existing or emerging architectural efforts at the national, state, or local level, and potential opportunities to expand support and adoption. The SEARCH Group Inc. will focus on JRA and the relationship with other technology standards including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM), and others that are used outside of the criminal justice community as appropriate.


Date Created: September 16, 2009