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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-1217




[4 PA. CODE CH. 6]

[Executive Order 1999-4]

Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) Governance Structure

[29 Pa.B. 4049]

June 8, 1999

   Whereas, on March 9, 1995, the Improve Management and Cost Control Task Force (''IMPACCT'') was established to survey and examine the administrative organization and operations of state agencies in order to secure greater administrative and program efficiency and economy; and

   Whereas, Sections 501 and 502 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 181 and 182) require administrative departments and several independent and departmental administrative boards to coordinate their work and activities with other departments, boards, and commissions; and

   Whereas, historically, justice information systems in the Commonwealth have been fragmented secondary to the development of independent, autonomous information systems designed to address agency-specific operational needs; and

   Whereas, the Governor's Office of Administration initiated the Integrated Criminal Justice (ICJ) Project in January 1996 for the purpose of developing a strategic vision for the sharing of electronic information between justice and justice-affiliated agencies in order to improve operating efficiencies and enhance public safety throughout the Commonwealth; and

   Whereas, in May 1997, the Governor's Office of Administration formed a steering committee of agency representatives from the 10 justice and justice-affiliated agencies to develop and implement an initial blueprint for the Justice Network (JNET) Project; and

   Whereas, the purpose of this Executive Order is to create and formalize the JNET Governance Structure for the Commonwealth's Justice Network to include the JNET Executive Council, the JNET Steering Committee, and the JNET Office; and

   Whereas, the establishment of a JNET Governance Structure will facilitate the development of a cost-effective, integrated justice information system that maximizes standardization of information and communications technology across the Commonwealth's justice and justice-affiliated agencies and, thereby, improves public safety.

   Now, Therefore, I, Thomas J. Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws of the Commonwealth, do hereby establish the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) Governance Structure. By so doing, I invest it with the necessary powers to perform the duties and functions set forth herein and to advise and counsel me in the development and operation of the JNET System specifically with respect to the Commonwealth's overall duty to ensure public safety.

Annex A






6.22.JNET Governance Structure.
6.23.Executive Council.
6.24.JNET Steering Committee.
6.25.JNET Office.

§ 6.21.  Purpose.

   The purpose of the JNET Governance Structure is to establish a strategic direction for the investment in information solutions across this Commonwealth's technology enterprise and to direct implementation of a comprehensive integrated justice information system.

§ 6.22.  JNET Governance Structure.

   The JNET Governance Structure consists of an Executive Council, a Steering Committee and a JNET Office. Each entity is responsible for fulfilling specific activities, as outlined in this subchapter, necessary to support the JNET Project.

§ 6.23.  Executive Council.

   The JNET Executive Council is responsible for establishing an overall policy and strategic vision for the JNET Project. This vision should complement agency operations and ensure ongoing interagency cooperation and collaboration.

   (1)  Composition.

   (i)  The JNET Executive Council is comprised of chief executives from the justice and justice-affiliated organizations identified in this subparagraph. Given the significance of the JNET Project to the administration's overall public safety initiatives, participants are required to regularly represent their respective agencies at Council meetings. Given the significance of the JNET Project to the Administration's overall public safety agenda, if the participant on the JNET Council is not the chief executive, the designee shall serve as a high-level decision-maker from the agency.

   (A)  Department of Corrections.

   (B)  Pennsylvania State Police.

   (C)  Board of Probation and Parole.

   (D)  Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

   (E)  Board of Pardons.

   (F)  Juvenile Court Judges' Commission.

   (G)  Department of Public Welfare.

   (H)  Department of Transportation.

   (I)  Governor's Policy Office.

   (J)  Governor's Office of Administration.

   (K)  Office of the Budget.

   (L)  Office of General Counsel.

   (M)  Office of Inspector General.

   (N)  Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

   (O)  Office of Attorney General.

   (ii)  Although participation on the JNET Executive Council by justice entities outside the Executive Branch, or outside the Governor's jurisdiction, cannot be required by Executive Order, representation by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts and the Office of Attorney General is seen to be critical to the success of the JNET Project, and is strongly encouraged. As with the other JNET Executive Council appointments, non-Executive branch agencies will be required to select a permanent designee, who will represent the agency at all JNET Executive Council meetings.

   (2)  Chairperson. The Governor will designate, to serve at his pleasure, one person from the Council membership as chairperson of the JNET Executive Council for the purposes of convening meetings and conducting business.

§ 6.24.  JNET Steering Committee.

   The JNET Steering Committee shall establish a tactical plan for the deployment of JNET Project functionality and associated information sharing requirements. Policies set forth by the Steering Committee shall reflect the means by which participating agencies shall share data stored in agency-specific information systems to maximize access to, and the use of, existing databases and platforms.

   (1)  Composition. The JNET Steering Committee shall include representatives from the following agencies as selected by the agency heads:

   (i)  Pennsylvania State Police.

   (ii)  Department of Corrections.

   (iii)  Board of Probation and Parole.

   (iv)  Board of Pardons.

   (v)  Juvenile Court Judges' Commission.

   (vi)  Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

   (vii)  Department of Public Welfare.

   (viii)  Department of Transportation.

   (ix)  Office of Attorney General.

   (x)  Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

   (xi)  Governor's Policy Office (ex-officio member).

   (xii)  Governor's Office of Administration (ex-officio member).

   (xiii)  Governor's Office of the Budget (ex-officio member).

   (xiv)  Office of General Counsel (ex-officio member).

   (xv)  Office of Inspector General (ex-officio member).

   (2)  Chairperson. In consultation with the JNET Executive Council, the Governor's Office of Administration will designate the JNET Steering Committee Chairperson from one of the justice agencies with permanent representation on the JNET Steering Committee. Given the chairperson's nonvoting status, his ''agency of origin'' will be permitted to appoint another representative to serve on the Steering Committee as a voting member.

§ 6.25.  JNET Office.

   The JNET Office will be managed by an Executive Director, who will direct day-to-day management, development and implementation of the JNET Project.

   (1)  Composition. The Executive Director, in consultation with the Office of Administration's Office of Personnel Services and the JNET Steering Committee, shall determine the appropriate staffing levels and associated classifications necessary to support JNET Office operations.

   (2)  Organizational location. The JNET Office is located within the Office of Administration, Office for Information Technology, and reports to the Deputy Secretary for Information Technology. JNET Office priorities shall be established by the JNET Steering Committee within the overall strategic direction set forth by the JNET Executive Council.

Ridge Signature

   Fiscal Note: GOV 99-6. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-1217. Filed for public inspection July 30, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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