Acting Administrator: Jon Straughn
The Information Technology Division provides the leadership, guidance and expertise necessary to gather, store, protect, interpret, improve and present information critical to the department’s mission. The division manages technology applications and databases, and interacts with other public and private agencies and interests to meet technology demands. Division staff ensures department employees have the tools to find, use and provide the accurate and timely information necessary to manage offenders, staff and public inquiries.
The emergency preparedness and planning manager facilitates implementation and testing of the department’s emergency operation plan to ensure the department is ready to adequately respond to emergencies that could potentially arise in corrections, helping to protect the safety of the public, as well as the staff and offenders in correctional facilities.
The communications manager is responsible for managing the department’s interoperability radio system. This system is part of a statewide effort to develop an emergency radio system that allows all jurisdictions to seamlessly communicate with one another in the event of an emergency.
The Application Development Bureau is involved in maintaining, supporting and updating the department’s adult and youth information management systems. The bureau’s main focus is on enhancing the department’s electronic databases:
- Offender Management Information System (OMIS)
- Offender Management Plan (OMP)
- Youth Management System (YMS)
The bureau also creates and maintains interfaces with the State Integrated Justice Information Sharing broker, which allows government agencies to exchange information.
The Network Operations Bureau administers and supports the department’s servers, workstations and printers, and assists department staff and the Board of Pardons and Parole. The bureau manages security for all server and workstation systems and provides business analyses, planning and testing for data system usage and implementation for new systems. It also provides forensic services to department staff.
The information security manager manages the department’s information security plan in conjunction with representatives from each division within the department and the state’s Information Technology Services Division.
The Statistics and Data Quality Bureau staff develops statistical information and reports for the department, the legislature, federal agencies and Montana citizens. The staff also maintains the department’s population management projections, detects and repairs data quality errors, and responds to national surveys requesting offender demographics and statistics.
Staffers continue to work with other state and federal agencies on data-sharing initiatives with the goal of increasing data integrity, decreasing redundant data entry and enhancing public safety. The bureau also maintains the offender data available to the public online through the Correctional Offender Network (CON) website.