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Florida's National Criminal History Improvement Program, FY 2020

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $668,501)

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 20 NCHIP project, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will use funds to continue to make modifications to the state's Computerized Criminal History (CCH) systems.

FDLE is required by Chapter 943, F.S. to act as the central repository for criminal history records for the State of Florida. The Florida CCH, or criminal history repository, that serves as the primary shared stakeholder system for criminal justice and law enforcement in the state was replaced in 2019. This system is also used by the Firearm Eligibility System (FES) to complete firearm related background checks, as well as report Florida’s criminal history record information to the national system.

The CCH system must continue to be supported with minor modifications, enhancements, and/or updates to add or change functionality with disposition, firearm, biometric identification systems, and other related applications that interface or use CCH. Programming and maintenance to CCH is required to ensure these ancillary applications are able to communicate with and retrieve information from the CCH and maintain business workflows. In addition, CCH programming and maintenance helps ensure the availability of NICS disqualifying records available via III and increasing the percent of potentially disqualifying records that contain the necessary final court dispositions. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: November 12, 2020