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Person Information Availability (PIA) Service Specification, Version 1.0

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This Service Specification package provides the files and documents necessary for stakeholders to gain an understanding of the Person Information Availability Service and the rules applicable to its implementation; the main components of the Service Specification are the Service Description and Service Interface Description documents, artifacts and schema folders with related files, and metadata files.


The Service Description Document (SDD) provides stakeholders with all aspects of the Person Information Availability (PIA) Service that are not directly tied to the physical implementation of the service, while the Service Interface Description Document (SIDD) provides a description of the physical implementation of the PIA Service. The PIA Service provides law enforcement with a summary of the availability and location of information relating to a specific person by querying multiple services; the capability enables exchange partners to quickly and efficiently identify the type of information available on a specific person, who is responsible for that information, and where additional information may be obtained. The SDD lays out the Service overview, including scope, capabilities, real-world effects, security classification, service specification package version, and more; it also provides business scenarios; Service interoperability requirements, including Service assumptions and dependencies, policies and contracts, security, and other requirements; as well as service model information, including behavior and information models. The SIDD documents in this Service Package include one SIDD for requesting agencies and another for responding agencies; they are companion documents to the PIA Service Description Document, providing Service interaction requirements; interface description requirements; message exchange patterns and definition mechanisms; policies and contracts, including automated and nonautomated service contracts, and umbrella agreements; security and privacy information; and service testing.

Date Published: January 1, 2013