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Best of NIEM Award Goes to the State of Iowa CJIS Initiative

Posted in: ExchangeBlog, Latest News by Linda Warnock on September 15, 2011

DENVER, Colorado (September 15, 2011) – URL Integration, an IT consulting company providing system integration services to justice and public safety agencies, is pleased to announce its flagship project – the State of Iowa Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) initiative – was the winner of the 2011 Best of NIEM award.  The award, a custom-engraved Louisville Slugger, was presented on August 24th by the NIEM Executive Director, Donna Roy, at the NIEM 2011 National Training Event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Best of NIEM awards are given to individuals or teams that have advanced and substantially improved the way NIEM is used for government agencies. Award recognition is given for recent and innovative solutions that have significantly affected the way agencies conduct business on a national or cross-boundary basis through the reuse of information exchanges.

The Iowa CJIS project is a statewide initiative to create safer communities by establishing an integrated criminal justice system that enables, facilitates, and automates the exchange of justice information among local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. URL first began working with the State of Iowa in 2002 providing business process re-engineering, governance support, and strategic planning. In 2007, URL became the selected systems integrator to implement, deploy, and provide overall project direction. In February 2008, the Iowa CJIS project went live and now encompasses more than 24 high-return workflows and transmits over 600,000 messages annually, including arrest warrants, electronic citations, hearing orders, notices of bond postings and appeals, offender releases, operating while intoxicated, protective orders, registered victim notifications, and many more.

The Iowa CJIS initiative uses a pure application of service-oriented architecture (SOA) based on Global Reference Architecture (GRA), Web services standards, and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) standards, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). The Iowa CJIS project benefits more than 400 state and local agencies in Iowa and includes an ongoing integration effort to feed data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) so that federal, state, and local investigators across the country can benefit.

“Gaining this level of recognition from the NIEM PMO (Program Management Office) is an incredible honor,” said Leon Frederick, Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Chief Information Officer and Interim Iowa CJIS Coordinator.  “We are tremendously proud of our commitment to implementing real-time justice information exchanges in the State of Iowa.  We have invested a significant amount of time and effort in our approach, which leverages justice best practices and standards in order to enhance public safety and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the justice enterprise in the State. We appreciate the fact that our long-term commitments and efforts have been acknowledged by the NIEM PMO.”  

 “The Best of NIEM award for the Iowa CJIS effort is a true reflection of the value of using a standards-based approach that is the best, most economical and proven platform available on the market today,” said Dave Usery, URL’s President and CEO. “The use of a service-oriented architecture – based on NIEM and related industry standards – allowed Iowa’s solution providers the ability to add-on applications and systems using a common language that is replicated across multiple jurisdictions. As a result, information now moves seamlessly and automatic throughout Iowa’s criminal justice process.”   

The CJIS initiative began in 2001, with the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. It created a CJIS Board including the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, the Director of the Department of Administrative Services or his or her designee, and the State Court Administrator. The duties of the Board are to review recommendations submitted by the Advisory Committee and set policy for the State relating to all aspects of an integrated criminal justice information system, including design, development, funding, implementation, and operation. The Advisory Committee is the active working group overseeing the CJIS initiative in Iowa.

URL Integration is an award-winning IT consulting company specializing in the planning and implementation of complex, integrated exchange projects. We set ourselves apart from our competition by leveraging and implementing emerging technologies, industry best practices, proven methodologies, and justice standards. Our goal is to improve cross-agency collaboration and business performance by establishing real-time and automated information exchanges. To learn more about URL, visit