Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $655,512)
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 the 2016 NCHIP, the Kansas Governors Office (KGO) will use funds to to continue efforts to enter all manually submitted court disposition documents as received, move forward in synchronizing criminal record databases in the Central Repository and acquire Livescans to ensure that every county in the state has the ability to electronically capture prints.
Under the Disposition Date Entry project, KGO will build on past funding to support disposition data entry. Specifically, sub-awarding funds to KBI to hire eight (8) personnel that will provide essential support to ongoing work 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. The KBI currently has five NCHIP-funded positions through September 2016. An additional year of funding will work toward elimination of the current backlog. The requested eight (8) positions will each be expected to enter 1,000 dispositions per month for a total of 96,000 over the grant period, thereby providing additional information to NICS for firearm purchases, to courts for presentence investigations, and for pre-employment/licensing decisions.
Under the Livescan Equipment Purchase project, KGO will sub-award funds to KBI to purchase ten (10) Livescans for counties that have livescans where the technology is outdated. Adding ten (10) machines would ensure that as many counties as possible have the ability to electronically capture fingerprints and palm prints. These machines will ensure that criminal history data is collected quickly and more accurately, and the KBI would have the ability to receive approximately 12,000 criminal fingerprint submissions electronically.
KBI will be responsible for contributing a 10% match under the 2016 NCHIP grant. (CA/NCF)