Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $300,000)
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 New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services will use NCHIP funds to begin the specification and software development necessary to enable the state's full participation in the Interstate Identification Index (III) and the National Fingerprint File (NFF) in anticipation of the passage of New York State legislation required for the adoption and implementation of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact. Expanded III and NFF participation will improve the quality of data returned to other states in response to inquiries for noncriminal justice purposes and enable electronic access to NYS records on an interstate basis. Specifically, funds will be used to support personnel and contractual services to define system specifications and complete application development tasks to implement the changes to expand participation in III and also support anticipated NFF participation.