Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $562,672)
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.
The Washington Department of Information Services will use funds to update and automate case outcomes from courts and prosecutors in state records and the FBI's criminal history file by completing the following projects: (1) utilizing temporary staff and overtime for existing staff to reduce the number of missing dispositions in the Washington State Identification System (WASIS); (2) purchase livescan fingerprint and palm print devices for Hoquiam Police Department to reduce rejections by the FBI due to poor quality prints; and (3) acquire and install four livescans to improve completeness of criminal history records. A portion of funds will also be used for grant administration and monitoring of expenditures.