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Diane Lacy Brings Enterprise Architecture, Data Modeling Skills to SEARCH Information Sharing Program


SEARCH has hired Ms. Diane E. Lacy as an Information Sharing Specialist, effective October 1, 2013. She will help justice and public safety agencies improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives, by applying the principles of enterprise architecture and using information exchange modeling.

Ms. Lacy has a combined 28 years of experience as an information technology professional. She has extensive knowledge and experience in enterprise architecture frameworks, including FEAF (Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework) and GRA (Global Reference Architecture). She is also familiar with the national justice standards that SEARCH supports, including GFIPM, NIEM, SAML, XACML, and LEXs.

Ms. Lacy also has broad experience in defining and building governance structures, and implementing knowledge management maturity models and information exchange service-oriented architecture (SOA) roadmaps. Her skillset includes expertise in information modeling, which enables agencies to design and deploy secure, standards-based interoperable systems, processes, and workflows.

“I am pleased to welcome Diane to the Information Sharing Team,” said Information Sharing Program Director Mark Perbix. “In addition to law enforcement, Diane has experience in the public health and homeland security domains. Both of these domains are emerging as important adjuncts to SEARCH’s core law enforcement and public safety domain.”

Prior to joining SEARCH, Ms. Lacy spent three years as a Senior Enterprise Architect at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in support of its Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and Integrated Domain Awareness Segment Architecture. She facilitated development of a transition plan for information interoperability on cargo, conveyances, and persons associated with an imminent terrorist threat or act.

Ms. Lacy’s other recent work at DHS includes the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) framework and developing an IEPD strategy for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)—the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s commercial trade processing system, which is designed to automate border processing and enhance border security.

In addition to the DHS support, her professional highlights include:

  • Project management and architectural design planning of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Joint Automated Booking Systems.
  • Project management for the Bureau of Justice Assistance/Integrated Justice Information Systems, defining and authoring functional specifications for a national data exchange hub for state prescription monitoring programs.
  • Program management for the California DOJ to implement a custom collection system for firearms purchase/ownership information.

Ms. Lacy earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California-Los Angeles.

What is Enterprise Architecture?

EA is working with clients to envision and describe a Target Architecture that supports the long-term strategies of the department or agency, and then create an IT project roadmap to achieve that architecture over time.

An architecture description document is like a blueprint for system procurement and implementation. But an EA covers more than the system’s structure and behavior—it also includes principles, policies, and standards that ensure that systems are soundly constructed.

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