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Missouri Support for FY19 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,283,412)

The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 ("NICS Improvement Act"), was signed into law by the President on January 8, 2008. The NICS Improvement Act amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 ("the Brady Act") (Pub. L. 103-159), under which the Attorney General established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Brady Act requires Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to contact the NICS before transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person for information on whether the proposed transferee is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under state or federal law. The NICS Improvement Act authorizes grants to be made in a manner consistent with the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP). Under the 2019 NARIP priority areas, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) will administer and monitor the following 6 projects in collaboration with their partner agencies: 1) Development and Modifications of the Show-Me Courts System: The Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) will continue to develop the new Show-Me Courts case management system. Two IT Programmers will work with the Show-Me Courts project team to complete the programming for the system that is necessary for associate and circuit level criminal case processing. The development includes: design and development of reporting of circuit felony and misdemeanor charges to MSHP; and continued development of dashboard functionality for proper reporting to NICS. 2) MSHP Overtime for Researching Missing Dispositions: The MSHP will support an overtime project for court and prosecutor employees to research missing disposition information. MSHP has identified two types of incomplete records that need to be researched: 1) records that have charges but lack a court case disposition; and 2) records that have an arrest, but no indication if charges were filed or denied. 3) MOPS Prosecuting Attorney Case Migration ($40,000): MOPS will hire a contractor to build a PA case management program interface to import law enforcement data. The project involves the migration of existing Prosecutor data from local Case Management Systems (Karpel) to a hosted, web-based Karpel application. The migration will allow the local offices the ability to convert to the more efficient web-based version of the program which will in turn allow offices much greater storage capacity than most local servers can provide. 4) MOPS Karpel Interface: MOPS will hire a contractor to build an interface between Karpel and Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) data that is currently transmitted from MSHP to OSCA. The interface between Karpel and MSHP will allow the UTC data to be transmitted directly to Karpel instead of going through OSCAs portal website. The Supreme Court has mandated that all UTC originated cases must be filed with the court electronically so the interface streamlines the process and reduces the time and eliminates manual filings. 5) MOPS Technology Automation Resource Prosecutor: MOPS will hire a FT Resource Prosecutor (RP) for 2-years who will be responsible for handling Technical Automation, Sex Offender, and Firearms-related questions, issues, and training. The RP will work independently and in coordination with OSCA and MSHP to coordinate the accuracy and completeness of the data transfer relating to criminal history reporting from prosecuting attorneys offices throughout OSCA and the central repository. 6) MOPS In-House IT Specialist: MOPS will hire an IT Specialist for 2-years to provide technical assistance to prosecutors office with program and equipment maintenance, addressing interface issues with other Criminal Justice partners such as OSCA and law enforcement agencies. The IT Specialist will work with the MOPS case management software provider to address program and technical issues and act as an intermediary between local prosecutor offices and the vendor, Karpel Solutions. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 21, 2019