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SEARCH ISP Director Mark Perbix Joins New Global Strategic Solutions Working Group as Founding Member

Mark Perbix

Mark Perbix

The Advisory Committee of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative has launched a new working group—the Global Strategic Solutions Working Group (GSSWG)—and invited SEARCH staff Mark Perbix to join as a founding member.

Mr. Perbix is Director of Information Sharing Programs at SEARCH. In inviting his participation, Global officials cited his experience with SEARCH and tenure in the justice arena, noting he is expected to be a key and valued contributor to the success of the GSSWG’s efforts. (See sidebar for more on Global.)

The newly formed GSSWG’s mission is to help identify critical justice information sharing challenges and recommend strategic solutions for practitioners in the field. Issues the group may address include offender management and reentry, prescription drug monitoring, and health and justice exchanges.

Sheriff Mike Milstead, Minnehaha County (South Dakota) Sheriff’s Office, chairs the Working Group. Serving as Vice Chair is Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D., Director of the Arizona Statistical Analysis Center, and an At-Large representative to the SEARCH Membership Group.

SEARCH supports the work of Global through our participation in a number of Global bodies. This includes:

  • The Global Advisory Committee (GAC) and Global Executive Steering Committee(GESC), which influence the course Global follows and the products it develops. (Executive Director Scott Came)
  • Vice Chair, Global Standards Council (GSC). The GSC oversees the development, vetting, and dissemination of the Global Standards Package (GSP), an authoritative body of standards for information sharing solutions. (Executive Director Scott Came)
  • Chair and Member, GSC Services Task Team (STT), which is responsible for establishing the methodology for developing Global Reference Architecture (GRA)-conformant services and reviewing service specifications for GRA conformance. (Information Sharing Specialist James Douglas-Chair, Information Sharing Specialist Michael Jacobson-Member)
  • The Global XML Structure Task Force (XSTF), which provides governance of the justice community’s National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) component. This includes reviewing and approving any practitioner-suggested revisions to the justice-specific content in NIEM. (Information Sharing Specialist Mo West)
  • Co-Chair, NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), which is responsible for the technical direction and design of NIEM. The NTAC researches NIEM-related technology issues, collaborates with other NIEM governance members to formalize recommendations to the NIEM Program Management Office, and participates in initiatives that will advance the NIEM program. (Information Sharing Architecture Specialist Andrew Owen)
  • The GFIPM Delivery Team, established by the Global Security Working Group (GSWG) to provide oversight and guidance to evolve the initial GFIPM (Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management) products, specifications, and operational federation into a fully vetted and production-quality capability that can be leveraged across the federal, state, local, and tribal justice and public safety community. (Information Sharing Specialist James Douglas)

About Global

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, known as Global, is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. 

Global is a “group of groups,” representing more than 30 independent justice-affiliated organizations—including SEARCH—that span the spectrum of law enforcement, judicial, correctional, and related bodies.

Global is steered by a GlobalAdvisory Committee, and supported by the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Through recommendations to BJA, the GAC promotes standards-based electronic information exchange to provide the justice community with timely, accurate, complete, and accessible information in a secure and trusted environment.

GAC recommendations support the mission of DOJ, initiatives sponsored by BJA, and related activities sponsored by Global. BJA engages GAC-member organizations and their constituents via collaborative efforts, such as the GSSWG, to help address criminal justice information sharing issues for the benefit of practitioners in the field.

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Mark Perbix

MarkPerbixMr. Mark Perbix is Director of Information Sharing Programs for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he oversees SEARCH’s initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide. These initiatives focus on providing direct assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal organizations to improve their use of technology, information sharing, and communications interoperability in mission-critical projects. Initiatives include consulting and facilitation, strategic planning for information sharing and technology deployment, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, performance management, voice and data integration planning, application of technology standards, and developing effective governance and funding models.

Mr. Perbix assumed his position in 2012, after serving for a year as Director of Systems and Technology. Before that, he was a Justice Information Systems Specialist for SEARCH for more than 5 years, working on the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) project and providing training, technical assistance, and research on strategic planning, architecture development, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions, and building exchange specifications using the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM). He led major projects, such as an offender reentry best practices project for the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. He contributed to national workgroups such as the Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG), and has served as a leader in the National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) and other practitioner organizations.

Mr. Perbix has contributed to national workgroups such as the Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG), and is a founding member of the Global Strategic Solutions Working Group (GSSWG). He has served as a leader in the National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) and other practitioner organizations.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Mr. Perbix worked for the Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Justice, where he was lead grant manager for federally funded IT projects. He had also worked with the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) program to develop a Web portal to their integrated information system, which provides a single method of accessing criminal justice data and records from the state’s five principal criminal justice databases: the criminal history repository, state courts, prosecutors, and adult and juvenile corrections. Mr. Perbix served as CIO for CICJIS and was responsible for managing operations and achieving program goals, including implementing a statewide automated warrants process that provided real-time electronic exchange and management of all warrants issued by the state courts to local law enforcement and improving disposition matching of court and arrest records.

Mr. Perbix earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver College of Law. He is a Certified Computing Professional through the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals.