H. R. 817
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 25, 2013
Mr. Smith of Washington (for himself and Mr. Reichert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To further the mission of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee by continuing its development of policy recommendations and technical solutions on information sharing and interoperability, and enhancing its pursuit of benefits and cost savings for local, State, tribal, and Federal justice agencies.
This Act may be cited as the
Department of Justice Global Advisory
Committee Authorization Act of 2013
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee
In this Act, the term Committee means the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee established by the Attorney General.
Notwithstanding section 14(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), the Committee shall not terminate unless terminated by an Act of Congress. The Attorney General is authorized to provide technical and financial assistance and support services to the Committee to carry out the activities of the Committee, including the activities described in subsection (c).
In addition to any activities assigned to the Committee by the Attorney General, the Committee shall—
gather views from agencies of local, State, and tribal governments and the Federal Government and other entities that work to support public safety and justice;
recommend to the Attorney General measures to improve the administration of justice and protect the public by promoting practices and technologies for database interoperability and the secure sharing of justice and public safety information between local, State, and tribal governments and the Federal Government; and
submit to Congress an annual report regarding issues considered by the Committee and recommendations made to the Attorney General by the Committee.
Sense of Congress
It is the sense of Congress that local, State, and tribal governments and other relevant entities should use the recommendations developed and disseminated by the Committee in accordance with this Act to evaluate, improve, and develop effective strategies and technologies to improve public safety and information sharing.
Information from DOJ funding applicants
Beginning on the date that is one year from the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall require that any applicant for a funding solicitation from the Department of Justice for the implementation of an information sharing solution shall include within the application for such funding—
how the information sharing solution would comply with applicable standards endorsed by the Committee; or
in the case that such information sharing solution would not comply with such standards, the reason for such non-compliance.
Information not to affect award decisions
Information provided by an applicant pursuant to paragraph (1) shall not affect any decision for making an award to such applicant for the implementation of an information sharing solution unless the agency making such award specifically requires use of applicable endorsed standards or specifications as a condition for accepting such award.
The Attorney General is authorized to issue such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
Report of the Attorney General on information sharing between corrections agencies, law enforcement agencies, and the interstate commission for adult offender supervision
The Attorney General, based on input from local, State, and tribal governments through the Committee and other components of the Department of Justice, shall review the state of information sharing between corrections and law enforcement agencies of local, State, and tribal governments and of the Federal Government.
The review by the Attorney General under subsection (a) shall—
identify policy and technical barriers to effective information sharing;
identify best practices for effective information sharing; and
assess ways for information sharing to improve the awareness and safety of law enforcement and corrections officials, including information sharing by the Interstate Commission for Adult Offenders Supervision.
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall submit to Congress a report regarding the review under this section, including a discussion of the recommendations of the Committee and the efforts of the Department of Justice to address the recommendations.