Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $1,500,000)
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 Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) will subcontract funds to the Illinois State Police (ISP) to continue efforts to automate the process of submitting disqualifying records of prohibited persons to the NICS Index.
Previous investments by ISP with assistance from the NARIP FY 2010 and FY 2012 projects have established a technology architecture that allows for a modular and flexible development effort. As a result, usable functionality can be delivered on a periodic basis throughout the development effort.
This program will be building on the currently funded business process design and development approach that utilizes web services to allow multiple software components to communicate among themselves and with legacy systems. The use of this approach and industry standard products has ISP well positioned to continue the current efforts and successfully implement the program outlined. Funds will be used to support implementation of a program that consists of two strategic initiatives: the development and implementation of a comprehensive case management system and real-time reporting of all denied persons to NICS. The ISP has made great strides in developing the capability to transmit disqualifying mental health information to NICS, and this project will allow for the capacity to capture information from the courts and other data sources and report all prohibited persons to NICS on a large scale, and on a timely basis. CA/NCF