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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part V - Technology and Architecture Committee

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This blog series provides an inside look into the benefits of being an active participant on the IJIS Institute’s Advisory Committees. Throughout this series, we detailed committee membership, while highlighting accomplishments and examining future objectives. We also explored the CJIS Advisory Committee, the Corrections Advisory Committee and the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee. This blog focuses on the IJIS Technology and Architecture Advisory Committee (ITAC).

The ITAC provides information and guidance to industry and practitioners regarding technologies, architectures, and standards that enable the successful adoption of technology and sharing of information. The committee focuses on topics that are innovative, emerging, underpublicized and not universally understood within the public sector community.

Chaired by Anil Sharma, lead software client architect for IBM, the ITAC has 10 members with impressive experience and expertise across the public and private sectors. The Committee’s work with technologies and standards helps government and industry drive innovation, increases success and reduces risk, contributing to sophisticated and powerful technology tools today and in the future. The Committee’s goals are achieved through white papers and position papers, providing technology, standards and architecture guidance, and presenting at conferences and webinar presentations.

Shortly after its creation in June 2018, the Committee identified artificial intelligence as a future topic of interest. Since then, ITAC recently published a white paper on Artificial Intelligence in Justice and Public Safety, and its members presented at numerous conferences on behalf of the Committee, including the Association of Public-Safety Communications’ (APCO) annual event and the Courts Technology Conference in September. The white paper provides insight into the enormous potential that AI offers to improve nearly every analytical process used by companies and government agencies, while highlighting some of the implementation challenges agencies may face within these domains.

Under the Technology and Architecture Advisory Committee is the IJIS Institute’s Blockchain Task Force, which is chaired by Anne Thompson of Thompson | Finn Consultants. This Task Force explores blockchain technology capabilities and applies them to business use cases in the public safety, criminal justice, and government sectors. Additionally, it identifies the benefits of implementing blockchain technology and the potential risks and mitigations.

On June 20, 2019, the Task Force led the inaugural Blockchain Technology Summit, co-sponsored by the IJIS Institute and Microsoft. This one-day event gave executives from federal, state and local government agencies the opportunity to engage in free-flowing discussions with technology industry leaders on applications for blockchain technologies that support government agency operations. The event was a huge success that included a wide variety of speakers, including Jose Arrieta, the chief information officer from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Task Force will provide similar supplementary summits in the future.

Furthermore, the Task Force will soon publish a “Use Case Assessment on Protective Orders” white paper. This paper will help those in information management and exchange roles within the justice and public safety communities to understand how blockchain technology can address challenges faced when managing and sharing information among agencies at the local, state and federal level. Specifically, it investigates the protective order use case for Missouri, and how blockchain technologies can be used to address security, authority, validity and auditability challenges.

In conclusion, the ITAC will strive to become a technology thought leader by educating government, national standards practice associations and research/academic organizations. Additionally, the Committee seeks to raise awareness within the industry community through the IJIS Institute’s collaborative platforms, which are available to its members and associates.

For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s Technology and Architecture Committee, or to inquire about joining the Committee, please contact staff liaison, Alex McAdoo, at

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