2020 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)


Funding Opportunity ID: 324417
Opportunity Number: BJS-2020-17632
Opportunity Title: 2020 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Information and Statistics
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 16.554
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply: • Agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the NCHIP (34 U.S.C. § 40301) • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
Agency Code: USDOJ-OJP-BJS
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Posted Date: Feb 12, 2020
Close Date: Apr 16, 2020
Last Updated Date: Feb 12, 2020
Award Ceiling: $48,000,000
Award Floor: $24,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 40
Description: The NCHIP grant program aims to improve the nation's safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information; and by ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and non-criminal justice background check systems. Achieving this goal is contingent on accomplishing four objectives: . Provide direct financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, and tribes to improve their criminal record systems and related systems to support background checks, including NICS checks. . Ensure the infrastructure connects criminal history records systems to the state record repository or appropriate federal agency record system, and ensure records are accessible through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records systems. . Provide the training and technical assistance needed to ensure that records systems are developed and managed to conform to FBI standards and appropriate technologies, while ensuring that contributing agencies adhere to the highest standards of practice with respect to privacy and confidentiality. . Use systematic evaluation and standardized performance measurements and statistics to assess progress on improving national records holdings and background check systems.
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