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For immediate release: September 5, 2012
Meghan Penning

NASCIO Receives U.S. Department of Justice Grant to Promote Justice Information Sharing at the State Level

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, September 5 — The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) a National Justice Information Sharing Initiative grant to advance justice information sharing at the state government level.

The award, in the amount of $200,000, continues the partnership that began in 1998 between NASCIO and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to advance enterprise architecture and information sharing in the states.

“We are very glad to receive this grant award” said Dugan Petty, NASCIO president and Oregon chief information officer. “This funding attests to the value the Department of Justice (DOJ) places on cross boundary collaboration and information sharing and the importance of NASCIO in achieving that objective. NASCIO has a long history working with the Department of Justice and contributing to its initiatives including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) and the Global Justice Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST). NASCIO is a strong proponent of adoption of these best practices across all lines of business in government. This long term partnership with the Department of Justice is one of NASCIO’s most strategic collaborative relationships.”

The awarded grant proposal contains several major objectives for the upcoming program year which include:
• Promote the broader adoption of best practices that enable the forming of cross boundary collaboratives
• Promote the work products coming out of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative that enable information sharing and cross-jurisdictional collaboration
• Maintain an expertise center for states in enterprise architecture, providing management guidance and consultation focused on data architecture and governance
• Promote the sharing of best practices and enabling technologies for information sharing and collaboration between justice and other government lines of business

“Enterprise architecture is a very broad discipline encompassing more than technology,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. It is through enterprise architecture that we can guide optimization and rationalization of government services, and the enabling investments in technology to achieve economies of scale and efficiencies. Bottom line – enterprise architecture it is how we can deliver better services at lower cost. The support from U.S. Department of Justice provides NASCIO the necessary resources to continue this work.”

NASCIO's Enterprise Architecture Program begins its 15th year as an expertise center in enterprise architecture. Its publications have become references for academia, government and industry enterprise architecture programs worldwide. Jack Doane, director of the Information Services Division (ISD), Department of Finance, state of Alabama, is designated as the association’s representative on the Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee. Visit for additional information or to view program deliverables.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

AMR Management Services provides NASCIO’s executive staff. For more information about AMR visit


Shawn Vaughn
Membership and Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156   

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