Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $3,960,000)
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 Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) will procure, through a competitive bidding process, 220 livescan workstations to be installed and maintained at current police departments and county facilities located throughout Texas. These livescan devices have reached their end of life (EOL) and are unable to effectively handle the volume of fingerprint submissions that are processed on a yearly basis. Replacing the current EOL workstations and continuing the current automated submission process will ensure fingerprints can be stored, shared, and analyzed digitally utilizing an expedited and accountable process; and in turn, ensure that these records are submitted to the FBIs national systems to increase public safety. (CA/NCF)