Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $298,264)
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 Iowa Department of Public Safety will use funds for the following activities: 1) continue to conduct audits of criminal justice agencies to examine compliance with requirements for the submission of fingerprint cards and disposition information to the central repository; and 2) meet National Fingerprint File (NFF) requirements by implementing needed modifications to Iowa's AFIS and criminal history system. Contracted staff will update the AFIS programming for NFF compliance and for electronic transmission of FBI and US Visit/IDENT responses to fingerprint contributors. Contracted staff will also implement the modifications to the criminal history records system for NFF compliance. CA/NCF