Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,650,000)
The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 ("NICS Improvement Act"), was signed into law by the President on January 8, 2008. The NICS Improvement Act amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 ("the Brady Act") (Pub. L. 103-159), under which the Attorney General established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Brady Act requires Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to contact the NICS before transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person for information on whether the proposed transferee is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under state or federal law. The NICS Improvement Act authorizes grants to be made in a manner consistent with the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP).
Under this award, the Office of Policy and Management, the Judicial Branch, and Probate Courts will use funds to: 1) support a NICS Records Improvement Task Force to guide the development and implementation of both ongoing and long-range records improvement plans; 2) continue designing and building an electronic record system that will provide more timely and complete disposition records from the criminal courts and increase the completeness and number of records available for firearm determinations; and 3) streamline the conservatorship and commitment modules within the Probate Case Management System to allow court personnel to perform record validation and perform lookups by person, decree, case, attorney, and hospital to increase data integrity, reduce manual intervention, and minimize duplicate records being reported to the state and NICS system; and 4) continue record auditing to improve the completeness, automation, and transmittal of relevant probate court records (specifically mental health information) to the NICS.