Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $495,725)
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 noncriminal 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 (DCJS), the state's designated NCHIP administering agency, will use funds to complete tasks associated with two projects: 1) Implement the specification and software development necessary to enable New York's full participation in the Interstate Identification Index (III) and the National Fingerprint File (NFF) in accordance with New York State's recently enacted National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact legislation. 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. DCJS was awarded FY 2012 NCHIP funding to develop the necessary development cycle to enable the state's full participation in NFF. FY 2013 funding will provide for the completion of the remaining phases of the development cycle and deployment into production; and 2) DCJS will subaward funds to the New York State Unified Court System (UCS) to undertake a "Town and Village Court Protection Order Registry Outreach and Training Effort," which will consist of coordination, training, and ongoing action planning surrounding the issuance and registration of protection orders in 92 town and village courts that have been identified as not registering protection orders in the state's WebDVS system for transmission to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). CA/NCF