SEARCH Resolutions

resolutionsSEARCH Membership Resolutions: Tools to Inform, Educate, and Advocate

Since 1974, the SEARCH Membership Group has adopted 61 resolutions—which are collective statements by SEARCH on behalf of the States on national information exchange issues.

Resolutions are the voice of SEARCH, and are studied and debated by the entire Membership Group before being voted on. The purpose of resolutions can be to support or oppose a given effort, or to improve pending legislation—but ultimately they allow the Membership Group to go on record as taking a stand on an issue. They help SEARCH bring State concerns and recommendations to the attention of the Federal government, including the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the FBI, and the U.S. Congress.

All 61 SEARCH resolutions are offered here. Each resolution lists:

  • The resolution number (the first two numbers refer to the year of passage; the second two numbers refer to the chronological order of the resolution, such as 74-01, which was passed in 1974 and is our first resolution)
  • A descriptive title of the resolution
  • The date the Membership passed the resolution

Download resolutions individually or click on “SEARCH Resolutions: 1974-2013” to view or download the complete list of resolutions.

74-01 National Computerized Criminal History System (December 13, 1974)

76-02 National Computerized Criminal History Program (May 23, 1976)

78-03 Reporting of Justice Statistics (April 27, 1978)

79-04 Essential Elements and Actions for Implementing a Nationwide Criminal History Program (May 21, 1979)

82-05 National Computerized Criminal History Program Based on the III Concept (May 13, 1982)

87-06 Reauthorization of BJS, BJA, NIJ and OJJDP (May 6, 1987)
87-07 Criminal Justice Information Improvement Act of 1987 (May 6, 1987)

91-08 Interstate and Federal-State Compact on the Exchange of Criminal History Records (July 18, 1991)

92-09 Interstate and Federal-State Compact on the Exchange of Criminal History Records (July 30, 1992)

93-10 Criminal Records Upgrade Resolution (July 14, 1993)
93-11 Juvenile Justice Record Information Systems (July 14, 1993)
93-12 Interstate and Federal-State Compact on the Exchange of Criminal History Records (July 14, 1993)
93-13 Criminal Justice Information Infrastructure (July 14, 1993)
93-14 Automated Incident-Based Reporting and Community-Based Policing (July 14, 1993)

94-15 Disposition Reporting Standards in the Brady Instant Check System (February 11, 1994)
94-16 Grant Program Authorized By the Brady Hand Gun Violence Prevention Act (February 11, 1994)
94-17 Mandated State Cooperation With the Immigration and Naturalization Service (February 11, 1994)

97-18 National Incident-Based Reporting System (January 14, 1997)

98-19 Fingerprinting Juveniles and Reporting Juvenile Record Information to State Central Repositories (February 5, 1998)
98-20 National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact (February 5, 1998)
98-21 Criminal History Record Background Check Legislation for Non-Criminal Justice Purposes (February 5, 1998)
98-22 Enhanced Federal Justice Assistance for Criminal Justice Information and Identification Purposes (February 5, 1998)

99-23 Appropriations for the Crime Identification Technology Act (July 1999)
99-24 Enhancements to the Brady National Instant Criminal Background Check System (July 1999)
99-25 Funding to the FBI for Support of the III Compact Council (July 1999)
99-26 Juvenile Justice Recordkeeping and Information System Reforms (July 1999)
99-27 Procedures for Volunteers for Children Act Checks (August 1, 1999)

00-28 Appropriations for the Crime Identification Technology Act (January 2000)
00-29 Department of Defense Background Checks (July 29, 2000)
00-30 Funding for the National Criminal History Improvement Program Under the Crime Identification Technology Act (July 30, 2000)

01-31 Comprehensive Criminal Justice Integrated Systems Act of 2001 (January 7, 2001)

02-32 The Sharing of Criminal History Record Information Between the States and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (January 13, 2002)
02-33 Progress Toward the Decentralization of the Nation’s Criminal History System (January 13, 2002)
02-34 Biometrics, Criminal History Record Information and Passenger Screening (January 13, 2002)
02-35 Biometrics, Criminal History Record Information, Homeland Security and Public Safety (January 2002)
02-36 State and Local Justice Information Systems and Homeland Security (July 21, 2002)

03-37 Criminal History Record Checks for Purposes Related to Homeland Security (January 2003)
03-38 National Child Protection Act Amendments (January 2003)

04-39 NICS Improvement Legislation (January 25, 2004)
04-40 State Participation in Security Threat Assessments for Hazardous Materials Endorsements (January 25, 2004)
04-41 Support of Privacy Protections for Criminal Justice Information Sharing Programs (July 25, 2004)

07-42 Enhancements to the Brady, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (February 14, 2007)
07-43 Support for the National Criminal Justice Record Infrastructure (July 19, 2007)
07-44 State Participation and Consultation (July 19, 2007)
07-45 Reaffirming Support for Returning the Criminal Record to the Requestor (July 19, 2007)
07-46 Improvements to the Brady, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (July 20, 2007)
07-47 Turnaround Time for Noncriminal Justice Record Checks (August 27, 2007)
07-48 The Role of Third-Party or Consumer Agencies (August 27, 2007)
07-49 Privacy Protections and Criminal History Background Checks (August 27, 2007)
07-50 Funding Issues Related to the Attorney General’s Report on Criminal History Background Checks (August, 2007)

09-51 The National Criminal History Improvement Program (April 15, 2009)
09-52 National Child Protection Act Amendments (May 26, 2009)
09-53 Support for the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System as the National Information Sharing Repository for Law Enforcement (November 18, 2009)
09-54 The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (November 18, 2009)
09-55 The Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act (November 18, 2009)

10-56 Separate Security Background Checks for Transportation Security Cards (January 12, 2010)
10-57 NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) Funding (July 29, 2010)

11-58 Federal Legislation Authorizing Federal Noncriminal Justice Agencies to Obtain Access to State-based Criminal History Record Information (March 23, 2011)
11-59 Preserving the States’ Rights to Establish Background Check Standards (July 21, 2011)

12-60 92-544 Amendments (July 18, 2012)

13-61 Employment Screening Recommendations Proposed in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ National Background Check Program Long­‐Term Care Criminal Convictions Work Group Report (August 29, 2013)

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Mackay

Mr. Michael Mackay is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As part of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP) team, he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Mackay supports justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through SDEP services that include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and training. These services offer capabilities that include federated query, authentication access/control, subscription/notification, process/workflow automation, data analysis, and more. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2021, Mr. Mackay worked as a Software Engineering Intern for TDM Business Toole Suite, where he provided software development support using Java frameworks, implemented relational database models using MySQL, and designed GUI components using NetBeans. 

Mr. Mackay will work in an Agile development environment, a methodology that SEARCH embraces that focuses on incremental development and delivery, collaboration in a team approach, and rapid and flexible response to change throughout the development cycle. 

Mr. Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York.