Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $252,778)
The goal of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) is to improve the Nation's safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by insuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and non-criminal justice background check systems. BJS provides direct financial and technical assistance to the States to improve criminal history and other related records and to build their infrastructure to connect to national record check systems both to supply information and to conduct the requisite checks.
Under this award, funds will be transferred to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to aid the State in its efforts to improve the quality of criminal history records:
1) AOC will continue work on its criminal justice web portal project (Phase II) including the provision of query access to the Protection Order, driver license history, and the Wanted Persons files. AOC will also use funds to carry out Phase I (Analysis) of its automated case judgment document project.
2) TBI will use funds to convert the State's Protection Order File into an XML-based data repository. Moving the files from information storage into an enhanced environment will allow law enforcement to use the data for analysis and investigative purposes.