Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $396,000)
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 Nebraska State Patrol will use funds to reprogram the criminal history repository software to take advantage of the latest application development technologies and establish the foundation for a new Patrol Criminal History (PCH) system. The Nebraska State Patrol will hire two contractors to start the architecture development to compare and synchronize data between PCH and AFIS data to increase the number of complete records available to the FBI. Funds are also requested to convert data received from the courts to a format compatible with the NICS Index to improve the accuracy and completeness of reporting misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence to the FBI.