Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $200,000)
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.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP), the state's NCHIP Administering Agency, will use NCHIP funds to continue its efforts to utilize a combination of temporary project staff and overtime for existing staff research and resolve open dispositions. Staff will update records in the Washington State Identification System (WASIS) database to increase the number of available dispositions. These dispositions will then be forwarded to the FBI for inclusion in the national database which will increase the information available for dissemination on non-law enforcement inquiries. It is anticipated that approximately 61,600 open dispositions will be researched during the grant period, of which 54,600 will be resolved and updated in WASIS and the federal systems. CA/NCF