Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $123,461)
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 Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) will use funds to support its efforts to re-architect the Nevada Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) environment, which includes the Computerized Criminal History Information System (CCH), with a technology environment that leverages industry standards and products within a technology framework that is modular and incrementally upgradeable in order to respond and adapt to state and national operational and public safety needs. DPS will retain the services of MTG Management Consultants, LLC, to conduct a needs assessment to address the following areas: detail additional DPS effort required to replace the State Domestic Violence Protection Order Registry System; provide critical details that will assist DPS in defining the software and hardware requirements with respect to NCJIS Modernization for replacement of the CCH, Message Switch, Hot Files, and Domestic Violence Protection Order Registry; take into account the State of Nevada's procurement policies and the consolidation of the DPS Technology Bureau staff into the Nevada Department of Administration's Enterprise IT Services (EITS) Division; and: assist DPS staff with a review of Requests for Proposals for replacement of core components of the NCJIS environment. This project is critical to supporting the state's efforts as a Brady Point-of-Contact state to ensure uninterrupted access to the CCH, Hot Files, Domestic Violence Protection Order Registry, NCIC, III, and the NICS Index to obtain criminal history record and other relevant information on potential firearms purchasers to determine if the purchasers would be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms. The state currently submits to NICS information on persons prohibited from possessing firearms for mental health reasons.