Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $288,000)
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 Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration will transfer funds to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to aid in the state's efforts to improve criminal history records. For phase IV of its case judgment automation project, AOC will purchase and distribute users' licenses to sites using Justware, the case management software used by twenty-three judicial districts in Tennessee. The case judgment automation project is a statewide effort that involves many different state agencies and their records. The goal of this project is to electronically produce final judgment orders from across the state and make them available to authorized agencies which will aid in reducing the redundancy of data entry within the business flow. TBI plans to automate the audit process by allowing criminal justice agencies to access a secured website to complete their audit requirements. Automating the audit process will ensure timeliness and compliancy in completing scheduled audits.