Becki Goggins to Join SEARCH as Law and Policy Director
Ms. Becki Goggins will join SEARCH’s team as Director of Law and Policy on September 15, 2014.
As Director of Law and Policy, Ms. Goggins will oversee SEARCH’s consulting practice in the areas of criminal history records, development of laws and policies concerning the use of justice information and protection of privacy, implementation of evidence-based practices, and the use of technology to improve justice information sharing.
Ms. Goggins has been working recently in the office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on a statewide effort to reduce recidivism through improved information exchange between corrections agencies and mental health providers. Prior to this initiative, she led efforts at Alabama’s health insurance exchange to develop privacy and security policies governing sharing of sensitive health data, and oversaw efforts to implement interagency information exchanges across the state.
For 7 years prior to that, she served as Division Manager for Alabama’s Uniform Crime Reporting Division and Statistical Analysis Center, where she managed the state’s criminal history repository, crime reporting responsibilities, analysis and research projects, and participated in national data-exchange initiatives such as N-DEx and the CONNECT project.
He noted that Ms. Goggins is frequently asked to serve as a peer technical assistance provider and consultant to information sharing projects across the country. “Becki has a track record of helping jurisdictions tackle difficult information sharing problems, largely by sharing the lessons learned from solving these same problems in Alabama,” he added. “This background and perspective will serve us and our clients well in the future.”
Prior to Ms. Goggins’ state government service, which began in 2004, she worked for 10 years as Research Director for The Sentencing Institute at Auburn University.
Ms. Goggins has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Public Administration, both from Auburn University.
She will replace Mr. Owen M. Greenspan, who is retiring September 30 after 19 years of service to SEARCH.
Law and Policy Director
- Researches and writes about issues that impact justice information management and policy
- Organizes conferences and workshops
- Establishes and supports task forces
- Conducts surveys on issues pertinent to criminal record managers
- Provides policy assistance to justice agencies
- Works collaboratively with governmental entities and other organizations to improve the quality of justice and public safety.
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