Senior DHS, DOJ IT Execs: Data Management Key to Seamless Ops, Law Enforcement

“The COVID-19 pandemic may have shut down swaths of the economy, but law enforcement agencies are obligated to keep operating at full capacity. When those agencies shifted to telework in March, they had to make a series of quick, careful decisions about their IT to make sure they had the data they needed, when they needed it.”

“Law enforcement agencies listed advanced data analytics (artificial intelligence) and cloud services as key components to keeping operations running smoothly, according to agency leaders at last week’s AFCEA Bethesda Law Enforcement and Public Safety Technology Forum.”

“Department of Homeland Security Deputy CIO Beth Cappello said DHS also used data sharing to help its components and provide important information about the pandemic.”

“’We have the Homeland Security network, which is our sharing platform that we share with state and local partners,’ she said at the forum. ‘We have seen north of a 400% increase in use of that platform, and it performs seamlessly. People are able to leverage it. The Coast Guard used it to continue to onboard personnel during COVID.’”

“Due to DHS’ increased data usage, Cappello said the department hopes to hire a chief data officer soon. Currently, Chief Technology Officer Brian Teeple also holds the CDO title — which met the federal Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act requirement for all agencies to appoint a chief data officer.”

“If DHS hadn’t managed a seamless transition to the cloud, Cappello added, they might have had a rough time shifting to telework at the beginning of the pandemic…” Read the full article here.

Source: Data Management Key to Seamless Ops, Law Enforcement Agencies Say – By Kate Macri, August 4, 2020. GovernmentCIO.

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