NCJA Members-Only Webinar Series
The NCJA Members Only webinar series focuses on a variety of issues of interest to our members. The webinars in this new series have a smaller audience to allow for greater engagement and interactivity between the speakers and the participants in a more intimate setting.
These webinars are free for NCJA members and staff of member organizations. Nonmembers pay $35.
Click on a title below to learn more about an upcoming webinar:
- A Conversation with Laurie Robinson and Alfred Blumstein (July 15)
- Grants Management: Getting to Know the New Omni Circular 2 CFR Part 200 (May 20)
Inside the Beltway: A Look at the State of Criminal Justice Funding and Legislation in DC
September 17, 2014
3:00-4:00 pm ET
This webinar is free for NCJA members; $35 for non-members. Registration will be open for this webinar soon. Check your inbox or this webpage for more information.
How will the FY15 appropriations process impact your funding? What does current legislation mean for your program? In the world of federal appropriations and legislation you need to know how policy changes and funding impact you and your work.
Join NCJA Director of Government Affairs Elizabeth Pyke for an interactive discussion about the status of current legislation, the federal budget process and appropriations issues. This webinar will include an overview of the FY15 appropriations bills, a roundup of current criminal justice related legislation and preview of what the mid-term elections could mean for the future.
A Conversation with Laurie Robinson and Alfred Blumstein
This webinar is available for download from the online store. CJA members and employees of member organizations may access the webinar for free; the cost is $35 for non-members.
About the webinar:
This webinar will feature an interactive conversation with two criminal justice luminaries: former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson and Professor Alfred Blumstein, J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research and Former Dean of the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board. James Burch II, Assistant Director for Public and Governmental Affairs at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs will serve as moderator.
Robinson and Blumstein will offer their thoughts and answer questions on a wide array of hot button topics, including: smarter use of prison space; moving toward policies that are evidence-based; how to best deal with the mentally ill in the criminal justice system; attaining greater success in reentry; and what’s next for crime and the justice system. Participant questions are highly encouraged.
About the presenters:
Laurie Robinson serves as the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She twice served as a Senate-confirmed, Presidentially-appointed Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, the research, statistics and criminal justice assistance arm of the Department. Her three years of service in the Obama Administration, coupled with seven years in the Clinton Administration, make her the longest serving head of the agency in its 45-year history. Robinson’s recent tenure heading the $2.5 billion agency was marked by a focus on science: She set up a Science Advisory Board, launched an initiative to better integrate evidence into OJP’s programs, and created a “what works" clearinghouse for the criminal justice field. Between her stints at DOJ, Robinson directed the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science Program in Criminology and served as a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Penn’s Jerry Lee Center of Criminology.
During her first tenure at DOJ in the 1990s, she led the federal government’s engagement with states and localities on community-based crime control. Her agency’s annual budget grew from $800 million in 1993 to over $4 billion in 2000 and she oversaw the largest increase in federal spending on crime-related research in the nation’s history. She also spearheaded major federal initiatives in such areas as violence against women, drug treatment courts, and law enforcement technology. She has frequently testified before Congress and serves on a number of national boards, including those of the Vera Institute of Justice and the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), a non-profit think tank. Robinson also serves as co-chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)'s Research Advisory Committee.
Alfred Blumstein is a University Professor and the J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research and former Dean (from 1986 to 1993) at the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University. He has had extensive experience in both research and policy with the criminal justice system since serving the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice in 1966-67 as Director of its Task Force on Science and Technology. His research over the past thirty years has covered many aspects of criminal-justice phenomena and policy, including crime measurement, criminal careers, sentencing, deterrence and incapacitation, prison population, demographic trends, juvenile violence, and drug policy. He was also director of the National Consortium on Violence Research (NCOVR), a multi-university initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at the Heinz College.
Dr. Blumstein was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Research on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice from its founding in 1975 until 1986. He served as Chairman of that Committee between 1979 and 1984, and has chaired the committee's panels on Research on Deterrent and Incapacitative Effects, on Sentencing Research, and on Research on Criminal Careers. He was a member of the Academy's Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education from 1994-2000. In 1998, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
On the policy side, Dr. Blumstein served from 1979 to 1990 as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the state's criminal justice planning agency. He served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing from 1986-96. He was recently appointed by US Attorney General Eric Holder as chair of the Science Advisory Board for the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.
Dr. Blumstein is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, was the 1987 recipient of the Society's Sutherland Award for "contributions to research," and was the president of the Society in 1991-92. At the 1998 meeting of the ASC, he was presented with the Wolfgang Award for Distinguished Achievement in Criminology. He was awarded the 2007 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
James Burch was appointed as Assistant Director for Public and Governmental Affairs for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives (ATF) in February 2014. In this role, Mr. Burch oversees ATF’s public, Congressional, and intergovernmental affairs functions, as well as ATF’s information disclosure and transparency efforts. Priority areas of emphasis include increasing ATF’s transparency, collaboration with the news media to inform the public of ATF’s efforts, and to work closely in support the of the legislative branch of government as it addresses legislative and oversight priorities.
Since 2011, Mr. Burch served as the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP's) Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management. In position, Mr. Burch advised the Assistant Attorney General on all management and operations issues, strategic policy, and program initiatives within the Office of Justice Programs. He also directed OJP's Office of Administration, Office of Audit, Assessment and Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Communications, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, and Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Burch's career with OJP spans years in the justice system. From 2009 – 2011, he served in the Presidentially appointed role of Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); between 2002 and 2009, he was BJA's Deputy Director for Policy and Management and Associate Deputy Director for Law Enforcement. Prior to joining BJA, Mr. Burch held leadership positions in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and previously worked in the Prince George’s County Circuit Courts and in local law enforcement (non-sworn), as well as many years in diverse private sector roles. The author of publications on criminal and juvenile justice topics, Mr. Burch has trained law enforcement officials on issues related to gangs, information sharing, and violence reduction, and been a guest instructor at the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Grants Management: Getting to Know the New Omni Circular 2 CFR Part 200
This webinar is available for download in the Online Store. NCJA members and employees of member organizations may access the webinar for free; the cost is $35 for non-members.
About this webinar:
In December 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published new guidelines that significantly reform and strengthen Federal grant-making to improve outcomes for the American people while reducing bureaucratic red-tape. The new guidance will affect all new grants awarded after December 26, 2014. The final guidance supersedes and streamlines requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122; Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up. It is located in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, also referred to as the Omni Circular. This webinar will highlight the most significant changes in the Omni Circular for the Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audits.
About the Presenter:
The presenter for this webinar is NCJA Senior Staff Associate Lisa Nine Accordini. Lisa is in her ninth year with NCJA and currently provides training and technical assistance to grantees, subgrantees and stakeholders of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She obtained her national credential as a certified Grants Management Specialist from the National Grants Management Association in 2012 and will share the latest updates and information on the new Omni Circular presented last month during the NGMA National Conference in Arlington, VA.