Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $565,437)
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, the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management will use funds to carry out three projects:
(1) Automate reporting of drug adjudications to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by updating the record keeping system in the criminal courts to properly identify drug convictions that invoke the federal firearms prohibition;
(2) Reduce the disposition backlog of criminal history records by funding overtime for qualified staff; and
(3) Enhance the protection order registry to improve timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of records in NCIC and the state repository that will also establish procedures for entering protection order records directly into the NICS.