IJIS Institute Appoints Jim Pingel of URL Integration to Chair Uniform Crime Report Redevelopment Project Task Force

IJIS Institute Task Force to provide feedback and recommendations to the FBI for UCR Redevelopment.

Ashburn, VA, August 20, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security announces it has appointed Jim Pingel, integrated justice subject matter expert and business analyst with URL Integration and former Director of Wisconsin Integrated Justice Information Sharing, to head up the IJIS Institute’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Redevelopment Task Force.

The IJIS Institute’s Task Force was formed in response to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division’s desire to work with industry during their redevelopment of the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) programs. The current UCR system was deployed in the early 1970s, and relies heavily upon manual processes and paper submissions and paper analysis both of which are obstacles to redevelopment and modernization.

The FBI’s UCR Redevelopment Program (UCRRP) will introduce major changes to the UCR and NIBRS programs resulting in implementation of paperless UCRs by January 2013. The FBI is aware that these changes will have significant impact on the software systems currently deployed and supported by industry and understand the need to engage industry in this process.

The goal of the UCRRP is to improve UCR usability, efficiency and maintainability, while increasing the value to users of UCR products. Objectives for the program include:
1. Automate rules‐based data quality checks
2. Enable more frequent publication
3. Provide Internet access to UCR data
4. Reduce/eliminate the exchange of paper
5. Modernize technology

In an unprecedented move, the FBI has invited industry, through the IJIS Institute, to review specifications and documentation and provide them with feedback and recommendations. The IJIS Institute issued a call for volunteers from industry to form a task force to accomplish this important work. More than 18 companies volunteered to participate, and the IJIS Institute selected Pingel to head up the task force.

Jim Pingel brings more than 16 years of experience as a criminal justice practitioner and has managed information sharing projects for the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin, where he held two key positions: Director of the Wisconsin Integrated Justice Information Sharing and Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission. In those roles, he cultivated and maintained relationships with judges, legislators, local elected officials, and CIOs. Pingel also served as a National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Fellow with the IJIS Institute and supported the NIEM Technical Advisory Committee.

"The IJIS Institute is pleased to have Jim head up the UCR Redevelopment Project Task Force," said Glenn Archer, executive director of the IJIS Institute. "Jim was selected because of his solid understanding of technology, as well as his real-world experience working as a practitioner in the criminal justice arena. We look forward to working with Jim and the FBI on this important project."

About URL Integration
URL Integration is an award-winning IT consulting company providing top-quality strategic planning, analysis, exchange architecture, and system integration services to justice and public safety agencies. Our goal is to improve cross-agency collaboration and business performance by establishing real-time information exchanges between disparate systems and automating the electronic flow and exchange of critical information and communications. For more information, please visit www.urlintegration.com.

About the IJIS Institute
The IJIS Institute serves as the voice of industry by uniting 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, please visit www.IJIS.org.


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