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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education




Seminar on Data and Telecommunications Interoperability

October 3, 2008


Board Room
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Conference Center
100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA


October 3, 2008

2:00-5:00 pm 


Paul K. Wormeli
Executive Director
Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute

David Boyd, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Systems Engineering and Development
Department of Homeland Security


John Morgan
Deputy Director, NIJ

3:30 pm


3:45 pm



6:00 pm

RECAP OF SEMINAR - Working Dinner (Beckman Center)







Seminar on Data and Telecommunications Interoperability
Speakers Biographical Data


David Boyd joined the Department of Homeland Security in March, 2003 and serves as the Deputy Director of Systems Engineering and Development in the Science and Technology Directorate, as the Director of the newly formed Office of Interoperability and Compatibility, and as the Director of SAFECOM, a Presidential initiative to achieve interoperability among all elements of the national public safety/first responder community. Before joining the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Boyd served as the Director of Science and Technology for the National Institute of Justice, where he oversaw an activity which grew from a budget of $2 million and a staff of four into the single largest law enforcement and corrections technology development activity in the United States with an active portfolio of more than $750 million and a staff of more than 200 Federal and contract personnel in technology centers across the United States. His office managed research and development programs in every facet of technology affecting law enforcement and corrections, including the forensic sciences, less than lethal technologies, information and communications technologies, concealed weapons and contraband detection, and others. He directed the DNA and forensic laboratory improvement programs, which took the forensic community from fewer than six DNA-capable crime laboratories to more than 130 in all 50 states. He has served on the White House National Science and Technology Council, the National Security Council Committee on Safety and Security of Public Facilities, and as the Executive Chair of the Justice Department’s Technology Policy Council.
Dr. Boyd retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years to enter the Civil Service. He has commanded combat, combat support, and training units in the United States and overseas, in both peace and war, and has served on military staffs from battalion level to the Pentagon, where he was responsible for the design and supervision of the development and application of automated models in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has represented the United States in bilateral meetings with Soviet and other foreign analysts, and led a special strategic analysis in support of the first Gulf War. His more than three dozen military awards include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He holds a career appointment in the Senior Executive Service, is a graduate of the University of Illinois–Champaign, Golden Gate University, the University of Illinois–Chicago, and Walden University. He holds graduate degrees in Operations Research and Public Policy Analysis, and has a doctorate in Decision Sciences. He has published extensively in military, law enforcement, technical and general circulation publications.                    

David W. Hagy is the Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), where he oversees the research, development, and evaluation activities of the U.S. Department of Justice. On June 5, 2007, Dr. Hagy was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Director of NIJ and received Senate confirmation on March 13, 2008. Prior to his nomination, Dr. Hagy served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department's Office of Justice Programs. In that role, he was responsible for policy related to the Nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and assisting victims of crime through partnerships between Federal, State, and local governments. Before joining the Department of Justice, Dr. Hagy served as Director of Local Coordination in the Office of State and Local Government Coordination at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A founding member of the Department, he served as liaison to the Nation's cities, counties, townships, and other divisions of local government regarding the Department's policies on preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from terrorist incidents and natural disasters. He worked extensively with national organizations that represent State and local governments, police, fire, and emergency management professionals. Dr. Hagy has extensive experience in local government, having served Harris County, Texas, and the City of Houston. For 5 years, he was the Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, where he managed and promoted policy initiatives in the areas of emergency management, transportation, criminal justice, health, and the environment. He represented the Judge's office on homeland security issues in Harris County and the greater Houston region and helped organize the Harris County Citizen Corps, a network of volunteer and first responder organizations that included the Texas Medical Center, the Port of Houston the Houston Independent School District, and local chapters of the American Red Cross, the United Way, and the Salvation Army. He served the city of Houston as Deputy Controller and as Senior Aide to a Houston city council member. Dr. Hagy holds a bachelor of science in economics from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Art and Ph.D. in political science from Tulane University.


John S. Morgan is Assistant Director for Science and Technology at the National Institute of Justice. NIJ is the research arm of the Department of Justice. As Assistant Director, Dr. Morgan manages the agency’s science and technology portfolios and provides strategic science policy advice for the Director and the Department of Justice. Dr. Morgan directs a wide range of technology programs for criminal justice including the President's DNA Initiative, less lethal technologies, body armor, information technology and communications. Prior to coming to NIJ, Dr. Morgan conducted research in detection and mitigation of weapons of mass destruction at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He developed mass spectrometry systems for detection of chemical and biological warfare agents, studied methods to protect aircraft from terrorist attack, and developed building and infrastructure protection strategies. His research interests have also included non-destructive evaluation, spacecraft contamination control, hightemperature superconductivity, and high bandgap semiconductors. Dr. Morgan served eight years in the Maryland House of Delegates, serving on the Judiciary, Ethics, and Commerce and Government Matters Committees. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the John Hopkins University in 1990 and his B.S. in Physics from Loyola College in Maryland.

Paul Wormeli is Executive Director of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, a non-profit corporation formed to help state and local governments develop ways to share information among the disciplines engaged in law enforcement and the administration of justice. He has had a long career in the field of law enforcement and justice technology. He has been active in the development of software products, has managed system implementation for dozens of agencies throughout the world, and has managed national programs in support of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Mr. Wormeli was the first national project director of Project SEARCH, and was subsequently appointed by the President as Deputy Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in the U.S. Department of Justice. He helped design the first mobile computing equipment sold in this county to law enforcement agencies. Mr. Wormeli managed the staff work and wrote much of the report for the Information Systems section in the report of the National Commission on Standards and Goals for Criminal Justice which dealt with criminal justice information system standards. He has been an advisor to the White House on security and privacy, participated in the drafting of Federal law on this topic, and responsible for the development of numerous state plans to implement the Federal and state laws on information system security and privacy. During his tenure in the Justice Department, he served on the President’s Committee on Drug Enforcement. Mr. Wormeli was also the first Chairman of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Industry Working Group (IWG), a consortium of over 100 companies which was formed at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice to help facilitate the implementation of Integrated Justice Information Systems throughout the nation. In this capacity, he was also named as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Criminal Justice Information Sharing Advisory Board. He is an associate member of IACP, the Police Executive Research Forum, and a corporate member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers. Mr. Wormeli has been a founder of three companies in the law enforcement information systems field, providing computer aided dispatch and police records management software applications to law enforcement agencies. Software developed and implemented by his companies has been used by hundreds of agencies throughout the U.S. and Australia. Mr. Wormeli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Engineering Administration degree from the George Washington University. He undertook courses in the honors program for industry as a part of the doctoral program in Engineering Economic Systems at Stanford University. 

Margaret Zahn is currently Acting Deputy Director of the Research and Evaluation Unit at the National Institute of Justice. Prior to this position, Dr. Zahn was Director of the Girls Study Group, a four year study of girls in the juvenile justice system and those at risk of becoming part of the system. Her forthcoming book, The Delinquent Girl, summarizes over 1600 pieces of literature on girls and delinquency. Prior to her role as Director of the Girls Study Group, Dr. Zahn was a professor of Criminology/Sociology at North Carolina State University. She was also Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State. Dr. Zahn has had a 30 year career prior to coming to Washington, where she has studied violence in many contexts. She is the editor of multiple books and author of numerous articles and book chapters.


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