Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $693,073)
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 FY 18 award, the Nevada Department of Public Safety will use funds to support the correlation of FBI records. The NV Records Bureau is assisting the state in proceeding toward becoming a National Fingerprint File (NFF) participating state. As of February 28, 2018 the FBI has approximately 1,011,985 Interstate Identification Index (III) records on file; of those, 242,992 have pseudo pointers and 768,993 have state pointers. The Records Bureau staff will need to go through each record individually to compare what is on the state criminal history and make any discrepancy corrections to either the state or the FBI record. This will include record ownership corrections and backfilling missing disposition information where it is found to be missing on the FBI record. Without the appropriate corrections taking place before the Records Bureau becomes an NFF participant, there is certainty that criminal history records wont be returned on certain queries due to inaccurate record ownership as it exists today. These errors would most certainly adversely impact firearm-related background checks and background checks conducted for licensing and employment purposes.