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Iowa Department of Public Safety NCS-X NIBRS Repository Modernization Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $500,000)

The NCS-X Program is a partnership between BJS and the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division to expand the capacity of states’ UCR Programs to report incident-based crime data to the FBI’s NIBRS. The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the LE crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the UCR Program. This will result in an increase in the number of local LE agencies reporting data to NIBRS. The typical mechanism by which a local agency contributes data to NIBRS is through its “state pipeline,” where agencies report their incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and then the state agency sends data from all of the state’s contributing agencies to the FBI. Transitioning local agencies to NIBRS reporting requires the state pipeline to be enhanced, to ensure state UCR Programs are capable of receiving and processing local incident-based crime data. BJS funding decisions for the NCS-X Program are made in coordination and concurrence with the FBI’s CJIS Division.

While all state UCR Programs are either accepting NIBRS data from local agencies or in the process of implementing a NIBRS program in the state, UCR Programs in six states—Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and West Virginia— operate systems that are not compliant with the current NIBRS technical specification. Funds under this award will allow Iowa to modernize their NIBRS programs to ensure compliance with the FBI’s current NIBRS technical specification.


Date Created: September 19, 2019