The state agency charged with managing and operating Montana’s criminal justice information system and network.
The State of Montana needed to upgrade its criminal justice information systems and networks—a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Federal money is available to support these types of technological upgrades but there is a limited pool of funds available each year and the competition is fierce.
I worked with the agency to develop a long-term funding strategy to fund the upgrades over time, basing the timeline on the amount of federal funding expected to be available each year. This also required prioritizing the upgrades and developing a scalable, long-term plan that effectively integrates all the disparate components into a seamless system. Achieving success in this case was built on demonstrating the long-term social and economic value of investing in the technological upgrades.
Working with the team over a period of about six years, we were successful in securing funding every year. And in nearly each of these years, our award was the largest, even though Montana was competing against more highly-populated states with much larger criminal justice information systems and networks.