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Yogesh Chawla Promoted to Director of Software and Data Engineering

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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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