IJIS Institute Releases Justice Information Sharing Pre-Request For Proposals Toolkit

IJIS Institute Releases Justice Information Sharing Pre-Request For Proposals Toolkit

Third edition procurement resource provides state and local governments a resource to streamline acquisition of information technology systems

Ashburn, Va., July 10, 2013. The IJIS Institute—a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security—is pleased to announce the third edition of the Pre-RFP Toolkit. The Toolkit is available from the IJIS Institute website at no charge and is intended to assist the practitioner community in planning for successful justice information system integration.

As with previous editions, the Toolkit was developed using a technical assistance (TA) grant from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The request to update the Toolkit was made by the Justice Information Sharing Practitioners (JISP) Steering Committee in order to reflect recent advancements in information sharing standards and policy. The JISP Steering Committee members also served in an advisory capacity to oversee the revisions made in this third edition.

The Toolkit now includes information regarding DOJ’s Global Standards Package (GSP), which represents the consensus information sharing implementation approach of DOJ’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global). The GSP includes tools for establishing data standards, messaging architectures, security, and federated access control, as well as preserving privacy and civil liberties. Understanding how to incorporate the GSP into system requirements and procurement actions is critical for justice agencies to be able to verify that their information systems are able to share data when needed.

In addition to the new requirement for grantees to use Global standards, the third edition of the Pre-RFP Toolkit provides updated reference materials and useful links, and refreshes standards and models that have evolved since the prior edition. It also provides guidance in several areas critical to pre-procurement planning and readiness assessment, ranging from defining integrated justice goals for state and local government, to assessing project support and governance, to developing strategic plans and project requirements. The Pre-RFP Toolkit contains links to key resources, tools, templates, and examples from seasoned practitioners and service providers experienced in the procurement process and who have implemented successful justice information sharing systems. In making these additions, the contents of the Toolkit were also reorganized to more closely align with the typical pre-procurement planning process employed by justice organizations.

Steve Ambrosini, executive director of the IJIS Institute said, “We are pleased to have been able to update and enhance this valuable procurement tool. The revisions to the toolkit will make this edition an even more valuable resource to enhance justice information sharing efforts across the country.”

To download the Pre-RFP Toolkit at no charge, please visit: http://www.ijis.org/_resources/pre_rfpCD.html

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About the IJIS InstituteThe IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing for those who protect and serve our communities. The IJIS Institute provides training, technical assistance, national scope issue management, and program management services to help government fully realize the power of information sharing. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with national headquarters on The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the IJIS Institute has grown to nearly 200 member and affiliate companies across the United States. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.ijis.org/; follow us on Twitter @ijisinstitute; read the IJIS Factor Blog; or, join us on LinkedIn at Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing.


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