"Never before has America's need for justice information sharing (JIS) been more compelling. The absence of this capability, however, has plagued practitioners for decades. While broadscale exchange has yet to be achieved, claims that the problem has gone unaddressed are unwarranted. The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (hereafter, GAC or Committee) exists to make recommendations and support the chief law enforcement officer--the U.S. Attorney General-- on promising technical and policy JIS solutions. With the support and guidance of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and DOJ, the GAC has concentrated its diverse expertise on challenges and opportunities for justice and public safety information sharing. Since 1998, members of this Federal Advisory Committee--representing justice and public safety communities at all levels of government--have actively advocated information sharing while safeguarding citizens' constitutional rights. Global is aimed at facilitating the appropriate 'availability of information' and is truly a national effort."
Department of Justice: http://www.justice.gov/