ICAOS Weekly Update Newsletter
Updates for September 29–October 12, 2018
No: 519

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+ OFFICER ELECTION +

The Commission held officer elections at the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, October 3, in Orlando, Florida. The newly-elected officers are:
  • Chair: Jeremiah Stromberg, Oregon
  • Vice Chair: Hope Cooper, Kansas
  • Treasurer: Gary Roberge, Connecticut
Thank you to the out-going officers, Sara Andrews (Chair, Ohio) and Charles Lauterbach (Treasurer, Iowa).

+ State-Requested Travel Restrictions +

In the Spirit of the Compact, please contact the receiving state directly if you have an offender requesting to transfer to an area listed below. / Check for the latest updates online.
OCTOBER
Florida flag+ Florida - October 8–15: Due to Hurricane Michael and the state of emergency in 35 counties, we are requesting offender travel restrictions to these affected counties:
Alachua
Baker
Bay
Bradford
Calhoun
Citrus
Columbia
Dixie
Escambia
Franklin
Gadsden
Gilchrist
Gulf
Hamilton
Hernando
Hillsborough
Holmes
Jackson
Jefferson
Lafayette
Leon
Levy
Liberty
Madison
Manatee
Okaloosa
Pasco
Pinellas
Santa Rosa
Suwannee
Taylor
Union
Wakulla
Walton
Washington
In addition to the specific counties, Florida is requesting travel restrictions for all persons traveling by vehicle to Florida that requires travel through any of the counties listed.


Georgia flag + Georgia - October 10–15: Due to Hurricane Michael and the state of emergency, we are requesting offender travel restrictions to these 108 counties:
Appling
Atkinson
Bacon
Baker
Baldwin
Ben Hill
Berrien
Bibb
Bleckley
Brantley
Brooks
Bryan
Bulloch
Burke
Butts
Calhoun
Camden
Candler
Charlton
Chatham
Chattahoochee
Clarke
Clay
Clinch
Coffee
Colquitt
Columbia
Cook
Crawford
Crisp
Decatur
Dodge
Dooly
Dougherty
Early
Echols
Effingham
Emanuel
Elbert
Evans
Glascock
Glynn
Grady
Greene
Hancock
Houston
Irwin
Jasper
Jeff Davis
Jefferson
Jenkins
Johnson
Jones
Lamar
Lanier
Laurens
Lee
Liberty
Lincoln
Long
Lowndes
Macon
Marion
McDuffie
McIntosh
Miller
Mitchell
Monroe
Montgomery
Morgan
Muscogee
Oconee
Oglethorpe
Peach
Pierce
Pulaski
Putnam
Quitman
Randolph
Richmond
Schley
Screven
Seminole
Stewart
Sumter
Talbot
Taliaferro
Tattnall
Taylor
Telfair
Terrell
Thomas
Tift
Toombs
Treutlen
Turner
Twiggs
Upson
Ware
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Wheeler
Wilcox
Wilkes
Wilkinson
Worth
Travel permits can be provided only for those who have employment that may place them here for disaster relief and clean up. Travel permits should be sent directly to DCA Miriam Dyson, miriamdyson@dcs.ga.gov. Please hold all other offender travel permits for all affected counties until further notice.


Interstate Compact Office Staff may submit travel restriction requests here.

+ State Updates +

Florida flag + Florida - All state offices in Leon County, including the Compact Office, are closed on Friday.

Michigan flag + Michigan - State Council minutes from the August 27 meeting, are now online. Discussion topics included a review of ICOTS enhancements, the FY2019, and the FY2020 audit.

Nevada flag + Nevada - After a 20 year career in state service, Commissioner Shawn Arruti has retired, effective October 10. Arruti spent his last 12 years working in interstate compact, including many years as the Deputy Compact Administrator. At the time of his retirement, Arruti was serving on the Rules, Technology, and Executive Committees and was the West Region chair. He previously gave his time to the DCA Liaison and Training Committees. Because of his “essential and lasting contributions to the Commission“, Arruti was presented with the Executive Chair Award at the Annual Business Meeting on October 3.

+ All personnel changes are updated on the individual state pages and in the Interstate Compact Office Directory PDF.

+ Compact Office Calendar - Please be aware of closures, shortened hours of operation, or the possibility of limited staff due to inclement weather, trainings, and state/national holidays.

+ Committee and Region Updates +

+ The Compliance Committee formally adopted plans for the FY2020 Audit, scheduled to begin July 1, 2019, at their face-to-face meeting on October 3 in Orlando, Florida, at the Annual Business Meeting. As communicated in the announcement for the FY2019 User Administration Audit, currently taking place, and in preparation for the FY2020 Audit, which will focus on compliance with Compact warrants, it is important for states to begin preparing and assessing your state’s processes. The information below outlines the FY2020 Audit plan approved by the committee last week to assist you in your state’s preparations.

ICAOS FY2020 Audit Plan
    1)   Absconder Warrant verification:
    Using the Violation Summary Report, the National Office will pull cases in which a violation report was received by a sending state in the previous 12 months for an absconder. A random sample of up to 10 cases (to include both felony and misdemeanor cases) which the state will be asked to verify a warrant was issued in accordance with Compact rules. States will be asked to report the status of those warrants within 30 days of the request. For each case, states will report:
    a) What agency issued the warrant
    b) What agency entered the warrant
    c) Person(s) responsible for verifying the warrant is compact compliant (nationwide and entered into NCIC)
    d) Provide current status as to whether the warrant remains active or whether the warrant was served, retaking occurred, etc.
    2)   Retaking process review:
    Each state will be asked to provide their processes for retaking offenders. A checklist will be provided for states to report:
    a) Who requests issuance of a warrant in your state?
    b) Who enters warrants into NCIC in your state?
    c) Who verifies a warrant was entered into NCIC on a Compact case and monitors retaking?
    d) What is your state’s process for ensuring that retaking occurs within the required 30 days a Compact offender is solely held on your state’s (sending state’s) warrant?
    e) If retaking does not occur within 30 days, what steps does your state take as both the sending and receiving state?
+ The Executive Committee voted unanimously at their face-to-face meeting on October 1 to approve changes to Administrative Policy 03-2007—Management and Disposal of Assets.

+ Upcoming Committee Meetings:
+ Executive Committee
D/T: 10.19.18 / 11:00am ET
Topic: Review the 2018 Annual Business Meeting


+ Rules Committee
D/T: 11.08.18 / 2:00pm ET
Resources: Agenda

+ Commission Announcements & Reminders +

2018 Annual Business Meeting + Annual Business Meeting - Here are few of the highlights from the Annual Business Meeting.
 
 
+ The new Executive Committee
Following the Commission election of new officers, the composition of the Executive Committee has changed. Pending elections for chairs in the South Region and Midwest Region, here are the newly elected and appointed Executive Committee members:
  • Hope Cooper, Commissioner, KS – Vice Chair, ABM Workgroup
  • Allen Godfrey, Commissioner, MN – Compliance Committee
  • Tracy Hudrlik, Ex Officio, DCA, MN – DCA Liaison Committee
  • Jeremiah Stromberg, Commissioner, OR – Executive Committee
  • Gary Roberge, Commissioner, CT – Finance Committee
  • Doug Clark, Commissioner, SD – Rules Committee
  • Chris Moore, Commissioner, GA – Technology Committee
  • Jacey Rader, Commissioner, NE – Training Committee
  • Dale Crook, Commissioner, VT – East Region
  • TBD – South Region
  • TBD – Midwest Region
  • Roberta Cohen, Commissioner, NM – West Region
  • Richard Barajas, Ex Officio Victims Advocate / National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), VA
  • Sara Andrews, Ex Officio Past Chair, OH
+ IVINS
The Commission engaged in a robust discussion on the ICOTS Victim Notification Service (IVINS), which included 17 different member states/territories voicing their concerns for and against the subscription victim notification service. In the end, the Commission voted to “discontinue IVINS agreement and instruct the Rules Committee to evaluate victim notification rules”.

+ Bylaws
The Commission also voted, and approved, amendments to Article VII, Section 1 - Executive Committee, of the bylaws. The amendment defines the DCA Liaison Committee Chair as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

+ Commission Awards presented at the ABM
  •  Executive Chair Award
“Every year, the chair has the honor of presenting an award to a commissioner who makes essential and lasting contributions to the Commission. The individuals recognized through this award are exemplars to us all. They embody qualities of leadership, service, and commitment. They inspire us and lift the Commission through their efforts.

This year, we recognize a man with more than 22 years of combined experience in the field of parole and probation. His service as a parole officer, training officer, sergeant, parole and probation lieutenant, and compact officer evidence his commitment and deep appreciation for our profession. Later, our award recipient was named commissioner of his state’s interstate compact office; and, over the past two years, he continued his leadership on behalf of his state and the Commission.

Serving as the West Region Chair as well as member of the Rules Committee and Technology Committee, this commissioner is an active leader, a steady voice, and a firm supporter of growth, principled changed, and dedication to public safety.”


Presented to Shawn Arruti, Commissioner, NV
  •  Executive Director’s Award
The recipient of the this award exhibits outstanding leadership skills and dedication to the Interstate Commission through extraordinary service. This individual is a Compact Administrator, Deputy Compact Administrator or Compact Coordinator who:
  • Promotes the Spirit of the Compact
  • Advocates the values and mission of the Commission
  • Demonstrates achievements in the successful movement of offenders and their reintegration into society
  • Employs strategies for ensuring public safety
  • Effectively communicates with other Compact professionals
“Ms. Thompson deserves the Executive Director's Award because of her commitment to promote the mission and values of the Commission at all levels of government - both within PA and around the nation. Ms. Thompson is a consummate professional and has spent most of her career educating; corrections officials, probation and parole staff, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, private attorneys, victim advocates, offenders and their families, government officials, and the public on the importance of the Compact and how its’ work contributes to the safety of our communities.”

Presented to Margaret Thompson, DCA, PA
  •  Peyton Tuthill Award
The recipient of the Peyton Tuthill Award demonstrates exceptional leadership and service to the Interstate Commission as a legislator, victims’ advocate, law enforcement officer or other individual. While this individual is not professionally involved in the Compact, their outstanding contributions promote the mission of the Compact.

Presented to Susan Smith, FL
+ Presentations from the ABM
Reminder - ABM attendees whose expenses are being reimbursed by the Interstate Commission will want to download the Reimbursement Information Sheet and the Reimbursement Form and submit the form to the National Office by November 2.

Reminder - This Spirit of the Compact has the makings of a disaster. Find out what happens when a case involves an immigrant sex offender, ICE, a language barrier, no approved transfer, and an unsuspecting field office supervisor 1,000 miles away.

Reminder - The 2018 ICAOS Rules:
+ This Week in Commission History +

ICOTS logoHappy 10th Birthday to ICOTS! The Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System came online for the full Commission on October 8, 2008.
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