Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $199,943)
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 Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) will use funds to complete two projects: 1) employ two additional auditors to enhance the state's efforts to perform regular audits of its criminal history records and maintain a three year audit cycle period. It is anticipated that the hiring of two additional auditors will result in the completion of 720 performance audits of local agencies annually and that, at minimum, 18,000 record submissions will be checked for accuracy, quality, and completeness and corrected accordingly; and 2) support staff efforts to gain ownership of approximately 80,000 state records that are currently owned by the FBI in order to become fully compliant with the National Fingerprint File requirements and ensure synchronization of federal and state criminal history files.