National Publications Spotlight Articles on ITSM and NICS by Expert SEARCH Staff
Current issues of two national publications feature articles written by SEARCH staff—one that provides expert advice for public safety practitioners, and one that offers insight into a critical national issue.The October 2013 issue of MissionCritical Communications features a “Spectrum Monitor” column written by Ms. Bonnie Maney, an Information Sharing Specialist and Public Safety Training Manager for SEARCH.
The column addresses Information Technology Service Management (ITSM), a process and strategy to manage new and existing technology in public safety agencies, such as land-mobile radio and broadband equipment.
Ms. Maney explains that implementing an ITSM policy can increase service quality, reliability and operational efficiency. The magazine is available in digital format; the column is on pages 8 and 10.The September 2013 issue of JRSA Forum features an explanatory article, “NICS: Challenges to Mental Health Record Sharing and Recent Congressional Activity,” written by SEARCH Government Affairs Director Kelly Harbitter.
In this piece, Ms. Harbitter examines the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the point-of-sale system used to conduct background checks of prospective firearms purchasers. In particular, she discusses the challenges the states and federal government face in increasing the number of mental health records available to NICS (in part because one of the disqualifying categories for firearms purchases is involuntary commitment to a mental health institution or an adjudication related to mental defect).
She also discusses what the states are doing to address mental health records reporting to NICS, and congressional and administrative efforts to improve mental health record sharing and fund NICS enhancements.
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