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SEARCH Membership Prepares for 2022 Winter Meeting

2022 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 25-26, 2022

Columbia, SC
Marriott Columbia

Meeting Agenda

Final planning is underway for the 2022 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting, which takes place in two weeks in Columbia, South Carolina.

The January 25-26 meeting is located at the Marriott Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina. Registration, hotel and travel details are available on the Winter Meeting website.

The Meeting Agenda is now available. Key sessions and workshops will address these topics, among others:

  • Briefings from Congressional staff and key justice agency staff on NICS, NCHIP, NCS-X and NIBRS;
  • Gun policy research;
  • Evolving identification and identity management technologies;
  • Information systems security for critical law enforcement systems;
  • Developing universal computerized criminal history data quality measures;
  • Clean Slate and other forms of criminal justice reform and records relief at the state and Federal levels, including an examination of Clean Slate initiatives underway in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Connecticut, Delaware and others;
  • Efforts to improve disposition reporting;
  • Monitoring the movement of parolees/probationers across state lines.

SEARCH is carefully monitoring the status of COVID-19, evolving CDC guidance, and guidelines issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC-DHEC), and recommends that all persons attending the 2022 Winter Meeting in person follow the guidance provided by SC-DHEC:

SEARCH thanks these Sponsors of the 2022 Winter Meeting




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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.