A Fond Farewell

The SMART Office would like to extend a fond farewell to Laura L. Rogers, inaugural Director of the SMART Office. President Bush appointed Ms. Rogers in December 2006 to establish the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Since that time, Ms. Rogers expanded the staff to seven, including a Deputy Director, two Policy Advisors, two Grant Program Specialists, an Indian Country advisor, and an Administrative Assistant.

During her tenure, Ms. Rogers accomplished a great deal toward assisting jurisdictions with implementation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, including traveling throughout the country offering guidance and assistance to jurisdictions. To further these efforts, the SMART Office also began hosting the annual National Workshop and Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability.

In addition, Ms. Rogers supervised the establishment of the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grants, oversaw the redesign of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website, and guided the development of web-based software resources provided free to jurisdictions. Under Ms. Rogers' direction, the SMART Office created and began publication of this newsletter, SMART Watch, and formed a working group on the International Tracking of Sex Offenders.

Ms. Rogers has accomplished much in a short period of time. The SMART Office is grateful for her leadership during this beginning phase of implementation. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.