Through this solicitation, BJS is seeking a national technical assistance service provider to support the goals and objectives of its National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP). Direct technical assistance is provided to states, territories, and tribal jurisdictions to ensure that records systems are developed and managed to conform to FBI standards, ensure jurisdictions are using the most appropriate technologies, and adhere to the highest standards of practice with respect to privacy and confidentiality. An additional component of this program includes the routine collection and evaluation of performance measures to ensure that progress is being made in improving state and national records holdings and information sharing and exchanges. The NCHIP TA program has been supported by BJS since 1995.
To date, all states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories have received funds under the NCHIP program. Beginning in FY 2011, federally recognized tribes have also been eligible to apply for funds under NCHIP. Detailed information about the history of the NCHIP program and its accomplishments is available at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=47. NCHIP has provided support to states in the following areas:
improving disposition reporting and support for courts
facilitating participation in the Interstate Identification Index (III)
improving record automation and fingerprint data
increasing participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
improving identification and access to domestic violence records/protection orders
creating, updating, and enhancing sex offender registries