Andrew Owen Chosen to Lead SEARCH Integrated Justice Initiatives
SEARCH is pleased to announce that SEARCH team member Andrew Owen has been selected as the new Director of Information Sharing Programs, effective May 16, 2013.
In this role, Mr. Owen will be responsible for a multifaceted program of information technology services for the nation’s justice, public safety, and homeland security community. He will manage programs in technical assistance, training, and conference and workshop development that support information sharing.
Mr. Owen has been with SEARCH for seven years, most recently serving as an Information Sharing Architecture Specialist. In his time at SEARCH, he has worked on multiple projects focused on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®).
In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), representing state, local, and tribal organizations. As co-chair, he has played a lead role in establishing a Unified Modeling Language profile for NIEM and in developing the NIEM 3.0 technical architecture.
Mr. Owen has extensive knowledge of open source software, agile development, and national standards, including the Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) and NIEM. He has supported a number of information sharing efforts, including developing corrections-related reference Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPDs), the New York State in-state Rap Sheet IEPD, California Courts IEPDs,, and several incident reporting projects that leverage the FBI’s Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) IEPD. He regularly serves as a presenter at information sharing events and conferences to discuss information sharing approaches and methodologies, and has authored technical publications on justice modeling exchange requirements, NIEM, Web Services, and related topics.Andrew was chosen for his thought leadership, customer focus, commitment to innovation, and in-depth understanding of the information sharing technologies we are implementing across the United States. Andrew will be overseeing these implementation efforts, working with his team to evolve our implementation architecture, and continuing to bring this implementation experience to the national standards efforts—such as Global and NIEM—in which SEARCH participates.
Scott Came, SEARCH Executive Director
These implementation efforts include the three Member states of the Open Justice Broker Consortium—Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont—where important activities are underway to enable and streamline justice information sharing.
Co-author, Public Domain Drug Court Software: Functions and Utility
Author, Supporting the Drug Court Process: What You Need to Know for Effective Decisionmaking and Program Evaluation
Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on Identity Theft Victimization and Criminal Record Repository Operations
Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on the Criminal Record Backgrounding of America
Co-author: Complete Criminal Histories—A Key Measure of Integration Success
Co-author, DNA Forensics: Expanding Uses and Information Sharing
Co-author, Guide to Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for State and Local Information Sharing Initiatives
Co-author, Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Organizer/Moderator: National conference, “Beyond the Technology: The Law & Policy Implications of Biometric Use,” 2002
Organizer/Moderator: national Criminal History Operations Workshop, 2004, 2006
Organizer/Moderator: Workshop on Expanding Access to Criminal History Information and Improving Criminal Record Backgrounding, 2007
Organizer/Moderator: National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act Conference, 2009
Presenter, National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council, 2010–2014
Presenter, FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board, 2012–2014
FBI CJIS Identification Services Coordinating Group Criminal Justice Rap Back Committee
National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council Rap Back Task Force
FBI CJIS Division Disposition Reporting Task Force
FBI CMIS Advisory Policy Board Warrants Task Force
Joint Task Force on the Design and Utilization of an Interstate Criminal History Record
FBI work Group on the Implementation of the Brady Law
FBI National Fingerprint File Pilot Project Evaluation Group
National Focus Group on the Retention of Civil Fingerprints by Criminal Record Repositories
National Focus Group on Emergency Housing and Criminal Record Checks: The Hurricane Katrina Experience
National Task Force on Increasing the Utility of the Criminal History Record
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative: Privacy and Information Quality Working Group, and Privacy and Technology Focus Group