Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $2,323,042)
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 2018 NCHIP priority areas, the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) will administer and manage 4 projects to continue the States efforts to improve the collection, processing, reporting, archival, and storage of disposition information which includes: 1) Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS) upgrade; 2) Livescan Processing modernization; 3) Automated Archive System (AAS) refresh; and 4) Judicial Council of California (JCC) collaboration to improve disposition reporting.
1) Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS) upgrade: In order to comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines for the
exchange of biometric information between various federal, state, local, tribal, and international systems, the CA DOJ, in conjunction with the FBI, will enhance its
current EBTS communication to the FBI in order to become EBTS 10.0.8 compliant. As a result of this enhancement, the CA DOJ will able to avail itself of the
FBIs criminal justice and noncriminal justice Rap Back services.
2) Livescan Processing modernization: Through a series of interviews, documentation reviews, and observations the CA DOJ will develop a more in-depth
understanding of how well the CA DOJ is achieving mandates through business policies, practices, and procedures as well as how existing systems are helping to
achieve those business needs. The operational assessment will also seek to better understand, from an arrest reporting agency perspective, the ease of submitting
arrest and fingerprint information to the CA DOJ and the quality of information CA DOJ sends back.
3) Automated Archive System (AAS) refresh: The CA DOJ will refresh the existing but aging AAS software and hardware at risk of failure with newer technology in
order for CA DOJ and local law enforcement agencies to access criminal justice information more efficiently. Once fully operational, the CA DOJ will also expand
upon the usage of this service offering to other reporting agencies such as courts, prosecuting agencies, and law enforcement that may not have been aware of these
4) JCC Disposition Reporting: the JCC, through the CA DOJ, will conduct the following activities: background research to identify up to three court locations that
will implement Livescan hardware on-site in order to process cite and release cases that were not booked in a jail facility; create a report that describes the Livescan
pilot test research plan, identify steps towards implementation, and recommend necessary processes; continue to act as a liaison between CA DOJ and the courts to
improve mental health reporting for the purpose of firearm prohibition; support the CA Master Charge Code Table project by attending meetings and conducting
background research and providing general support to the assigned project attorney and business system analyst; and maintain of the Data Dashboards created with
previous NCHIP funds.