Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,357,267)
The Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) requests funding for two Criminal Justice Technicians to consolidate duplicate state identification records that prevent submissions to the Interstate Identification Index (III) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and to research historical fingerprint cards from the Anchorage Police Department for possible entry or update in the repository and III. Funding is requested to continue the criminal history, hot file, and message switch replacement project to enable the state to transition from the legacy mainframe system and enter records into III and NICS in a more complete and timely manner. The funding will support the next phase of the replacement project which includes continued work implementing secure messaging, computerized criminal histories, and to begin work on the hot file messaging. Funding is also requested to replace two LiveScan fingerprint machines. The Alaska Court System (ACS) requests funding for three personnel to work on the ACS electronic system and related projects, training, and conference attendance to support ACS’ electronic initiatives. An Integrated Justice Coordinator, a Case Management System Analyst, and a Programmer Analyst will work on tasks focusing on NCHIP priorities including conversion from a paper-based to an electronic system, increasing automation, and improving the timeliness, accuracy, and availability of disposition data needed in NICS. Projects include a system-to-system interface for volume criminal case filing, an Application Programming Interface (API) for improved, more timely disposition distribution, criminal record data quality improvements, validation of person identity, and an integrated criminal offense table.