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04Oct2021

Yogesh Chawla Promoted to Director of Software and Data Engineering

SEARCH Executive Director David Roberts has announced the promotion of longtime staff Yogesh Chawla to Director of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP), effective October 1, 2021.

Mr. Chawla had been serving as Manager of the SDEP since February 1, and previously served as an Information Sharing Architecture Specialist for SEARCH beginning in 2011.

“Yogesh has been with SEARCH for over 10 years and has provided exceptional service throughout his tenure,” said Mr. Roberts. “We’re very pleased to make this promotion and confident that Yogesh will excel in his new position.”

As SDEP director, Mr. Chawla will direct initiatives that support justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through a portfolio of information technology services. These services include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and project management.

Under Mr. Chawla’s direction, the SEARCH SDEP team develops tools and resources for clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal organizations, including data integration and information sharing solutions that offer capabilities such as federated query; authentication/access control; subscription/notification; process/workflow automation; and data analysis, among others. The SDEP also supports the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC), a development arm of SEARCH, which is dedicated to improving justice information sharing through the reuse of low-cost, standards-based integration solutions.

Mr. Chawla has more than 20 years of experience as an information technology professional specializing in service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for the justice domain. He has in-depth knowledge and experience with many open-source projects and has worked in the capacities of analyst, designer, programmer, and system architect. He is familiar with the national justice standards that SEARCH supports, including GFIPM (Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management), GJXML (Global Justice XML), GRA (Global Reference Architecture), Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx), and NIEM (National Information Exchange Model). 

Mr. Chawla earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Binghamton University in New York and holds two Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) certifications: Series 7 (General Securities Registered Representative) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law). He is also an elected member of the Dane County (WI) Board of Supervisors.

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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.

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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. 

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