August 20, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley delivered the keynote address at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Annual Summer Conference in Ocean City on Saturday. O'Malley outlined his plans to work with local jurisdictions to confront state and local budget challenges, and outlined three broad themes to move Maryland forward: workforce creation, sustainability, and security integration.
O'Malley said security integration "means protecting our people and communities through seamless coordination and consistent information-sharing. It means that the criminal justice system must work as a system, not a collection of parallel lines -- and parallel cultures and parallel datasets and parallel intelligence systems -- that never meet.
"Security integration must be horizontal, as well as vertical," he said, outlining several initiatives including:
"Beyond those short-term wins," said O'Malley, "we're also building a statewide criminal justice information system that will enable criminal justice professionals to track offenders from arrest on, without having to use 25 different passwords for 25 different state computer systems. Interoperability is a fundamental requirement for security integration, and we will make it a reality"
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.