Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $221,440)
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 Executive Office of the State of Kansas will transfer funds to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) to build on previous successes funded by earlier NCHIP awards and to provide essential support to ongoing work by the KBI to automate criminal history records, electronically image source documents, synchronize databases to identify and obtain missing record data, incorporate domestic violence data, promote uniform data exchange, and facilitate access to more complete and accurate arrest and disposition information in support of criminal justice practitioners and the NICS program. Funding will be used to continue salary and benefits for five temporary staff for an additional 12 months to eliminate the backlog of dispositions received prior to electronic disposition reporting. Beginning on July 1, 2014, court dispositions and prosecutor case filings began being reported electronically to the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system eliminating the need for manual data entry of all dispositions day forward. (CA/NCF)