Republished from my old website!5-1-2007 Washington DC:
ON JULY 27, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA). In Title 1 of the AWA, Congress comprehensively revised the national standards for sex offender registration and notification. Additionally, in section 146 of the AWA, a new office entitled the Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking (SMART) Office was created. The SMART Office is located in the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. The AWA and the SMART office should prove to be a tremendously useful tool for all professionals involved in management of sex offenders.
In December 2006, the SMART Office officially opened for business when President Bush appointed Laura L. Rogers, a career prosecutor, as director. Ms. Rogers served as a deputy district attorney in San Diego for nine years, a senior attorney with the American Prosecutors Research Institute's National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse for five years, the director of the National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals for three years and as an adjunct law professor at George Mason School of Law for the past four years.
THE SMART MISSION STATEMENT
To assure that convicted sex offenders are prohibited from preying on citizens through a system of appropriate restrictions, regulations and internment.
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SMART OFFICE
The SMART Office is responsible for all matters related to the implementation of the AWA including:
* administering the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA),
* administering grant programs relating to sex offender registration and notification as well as other grant programs authorized by the AWA,
* cooperating with and providing technical assistance to states and other public and private entities in relation to sex offender registration and notification and other measures for the protection of the public from sexual abuse or exploitation, and
* performing such other functions as the attorney general may delegate.