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ID Theft Policy Academy
The first was the Policy Academy on Combating Identity Theft, held August 20-21, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
Funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice, the identity theft Policy Academy convened representatives of law enforcement, public safety, financial, institutions, and the governor's offices of four states: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.
The goal of the academy is to begin to help states identify the scope of the issue, and develop policies and a strategic plan to more effectively combat identity theft, fraud, and identity-related crimes in general through the improved collection and use of information related to these crimes.
According to the NGA, "states will have the opportunity to consider strategies for improving how crime reports are collected from victims, how information is shared among law enforcement agencies and how disparate information across jurisdictions is aggregated and analyzed."
Kelly Peters Harbitter
The NGA plans to hold follow-on identity theft workshops in each state.
NGA established the academy to help states develop or expand privacy policies for their integrated justice information sharing systems and strategies. Following a national solicitation, three projects were selected for NGA funding and assistance to support policy development (these are in the states of Alabama, Hawaii, and Illinois; Alabama's initiative includes participation by the states of Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming). The NGA meeting in Washington kicked off the policy development effort. This project is being supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
Both Peters and Johnson also participated in academy working sessions during which participating states identified policy development goals and devised timelines for achieving those goals.
The projects being funded through NGA are:
- The Consortium for the Exchange of Criminal Justice Technology (CONNECT), which will begin with the exchange of driver's license data between the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, the Kansas Justice Information System, the Nebraska Crime Commission and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. CONNECT's "proof of concept" phase is nearing completion and members are seeking to provide data to sworn law enforcement personnel in each state. (Data is currently maintained on staging servers and available only to a handful of technical personnel in the participating states.)
Based on information shared at the academy, NGA staff will refine goals and timelines for the participating projects, with policy development activities slated to begin in September 2009 and run through early 2010. A second academy will be convened then to review work products and to provide final comments and input.
The final privacy policies produced through the academy are to be provided by NGA as examples to the other states.