16.554: National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)
Alternate Name: NCHIP
Aug. 18, 2022
Aug. 18, 2022
GOAL(S): Enhance the quality and completeness of the nation's criminal history record systems. OBJECTIVE(S): • Provide financial and technical assistance to states and tribes for the establishment or improvement of computerized criminal history record systems and in their efforts to collect data on stalking and domestic violence; • improve data accessibility and support data transmissions to national systems that will permit the immediate identification of persons who are prohibited from purchasing firearms, are subject to domestic violence protective orders, or are ineligible to hold positions of responsibility involving children, the elderly, or the disabled; • develop and improve the processes for identifying, classifying, collecting, and entering data regarding stalking and domestic violence into local, state, and national crime information databases; • ensure that criminal justice systems are designed, implemented, or upgraded to be compliant where applicable, with the FBI operated National Instant Criminal Background Check System and Interstate Automated Fingerprint Identification System, meet other applicable statewide or regional criminal justice information sharing standards and plans; and, • build upon ongoing efforts so as to support the wide range of technology-based criminal justice information, identification, and communications needs.
Type of Assistance
B - Project Grants (Discretionary)
Applicants are limited to the agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the NCHIP program, and federally recognized tribal entities. States and tribes may choose to submit applications as part of a multi-state consortium, multi-tribe consortium, or other entity. In such cases, please contact the BJS program manager for further information.
Funds awarded to the state or tribe may be allocated for use in state or local/tribal agencies or the courts, but should have an impact on national record systems. Private organizations may receive funds under contract arrangements with a state/tribal agency or its subgrantees to which NCHIP funds are allocated by the state/tribe.