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The eDesignate system is the system of choice for the U.S.
Marshals Service (USMS), the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the 94
United States Federal Court Districts to process designations and
initiate the movement of prisoners to their incarceration location.
eDesignate delivers the necessary prisoner documents and
data via a secure, electronic means to the BOP in one complete
package enabling all agencies to monitor and provide relevant information,
when needed. By effectively shortening the post-sentence process, eDesignate helps
contain detention costs.
Working in partnership with the Federal Courts, USMS and BOP, eDesignate not
only eliminated an antiquated, paper-based workflow process but
also created the ability to automatically capture relevant detainee
data from other agency systems.
To read more about eDesignate, please view the brochure Introducing eDesignate.
How eDesignate Works
To facilitate faster processing and reduce workload, the eDesignate system
replaces paper-based mail with an electronic business process management
The eDesignate system collects:
- the Judgment and Commitment order
- Pre-Sentencing Investigation report
- Statement of Reasons
- USMS 129 data
- Detainers, and other designation data, as required
The electronic solution presents these documents in one complete
designation package to the BOP, at a single point in time. The
system also provides feedback mechanisms across agencies for faster
Additionally, the eDesignate system not only provides users
across agencies with a level of collaboration never before realized,
but also enables managers to cross level workloads internally,
monitor performance and audit status both internally and externally.
eDesignate Movement Request (eMove)
The OFDT eDesignate team is developing the eDesignate Movement
Request (eMove) to complete the sentence to commitment process.
eMove will provide USMS staff with the ability to continue the
automated designation process already created in eDesignate by
initiating movement requests to the Justice Prisoner and Alien
Transportation System (JPATS). Adding the movement to commitment
piece of the designation workflow serves to enhance and streamline
the Federal Detainee Transportation process among participating
agencies. This technology will provide management with the capability
to monitor and effectivley reduce or contain the time from designation
to commitment. Currently, an interagency working group, consisting
of representatives from OFDT, JPATS and the U.S. Marshals Service
(USMS), is guiding the system development effort. eMove is being
piloted by the Districts of Nevada, Maryland and Kansas. Future
pilots will involve the Western and Southern District of Texas,
followed by the remaining districts along the Southwest Border.
At the conclusion of the pilot phase, eMove will be rolled out
to all U.S. Federal Districts.
A customer support service team provides training, application technology support and development improvements. The team consists of service desk personnel, detention and designation Subject Matter Experts (SME) and dedicated eDesignate System trainers. Contact information for the OFDT Service Desk can be found in the red box to the left.
Additionally, to serve its customers, the eDesignate team hosts a multi-agency working group which provides input to the designation process with feedback across agencies. This working group has been instrumental in providing input for the formulation of policies and procedures to standardize the designation process as well as determining effective metrics to monitor best performance.