National Criminal History Improvement Program: Fiscal Year 2005 Program Announcement
describes the procedures for applying for continuation funding under the BJS National
Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP). The appropriation for NCHIP-2005 was
pursuant to the Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998, and the procedures for
applying for NCHIP-2005 grants reflect the provisions of that Act. In particular,
matching funds are required for NCHIP-2005 applications.
The NCHIP program is an umbrella program that implements the grant provisions of the
Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act
(Brady Act), the National Child Protection Act of 1993 (NCPA), those provisions of the
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (Omnibus Act), the Law Enforcement
Act of 1994 (Violent Crime Control Act), and several others. The NCHIP-2005
appropriation under the Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998 is $24.7 million,
with an additional $2.9 million appropriated for the purposes described in the
Against Women Act of 1994 and the Violence Against Women Act of 2000.
Deadline: Applications should be submitted no later than April 1, 2005 to be eligible for funding from the FY2005 appropriation.
Eligibility: An award will be made to each eligible applicant State with funds from the FY 2005
appropriation. The NCHIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by
the Governor to administer the NCHIP program. States may choose to submit applications
as part of a multi-state consortium or other entity. In such cases, please
contact your BJS program manager for further information.
Contact Information: Please feel free to contact Gerard Ramker, Chief, National Criminal History Improvement
Programs, with any questions, comments or suggestions at Gerard.Ramker@usdoj.gov.
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This announcement contains application information and guidelines for the State
Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). Applicant agencies must be
authorized by State legislation or by Executive Order.
Under this program SACs are eligible for funding to carry out data collection and
analysis of criminal justice themes/topics of significant interest to criminal justice
policy and decision makers. These themes are identified each year by the Bureau of
Justice Statistics and the Justice Research and Statistics Association. For the 2005
SJS Program, there are nine themes in which States may request funding:
-deaths in police custody
-prison rape and victimization confinement facilities
-civil justice statistics
-research involving computer related crimes
-increase in Web access to data
-analysis of criminal history records
-research using incident-based crime data
-any theme or topic identified by SAC applicant
Deadline: For funding in FY 2005, applications should be received by BJS no later than June 15, 2005.
Eligibility: State Statistical Analysis Centers are the only entities eligible to apply for funds
under the SJS program. General applicants must meet the requirements for a SAC as
specified in these Guidelines. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
for the SAC program is 16.550 (Criminal Justice Statistics Development).
Contact Information: For further information on the SJS program, contact Stephanie L. Burroughs, SJS
Coordinator, at (202) 514-9012 or your State program manager.
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The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is providing this notice to announce the 2005
Criminal History Record Improvement Pilot Program in Indian Country. The Tribal
Criminal History Record Improvement Pilot Program (T-CHRIP) will provide support to
Federally-recognized tribes and State criminal records repositories to promote
participation in and improve data sharing between tribal and State and national
criminal records systems.
Criminal records are a chronological history describing offenders and their contacts
with the criminal justice system. Such records include offender fingerprint
identification and notations of arrest and subsequent dispositions. Criminal record
systems are dependent on up-to-date automated fingerprint identification systems to
ensure that transactions are accurately identified to the proper individual and to
ensure that such records can be reliably linked across jurisdictions in a timely manner.
Deadline: Applications and accompanying documents must be received by May 26, 2005 to be eligible for funding in FY 2005.
Eligibility: The T-CHRIP application must be submitted by the tribe or agency designated by the
Tribal Council/or Governor to administer the program. Tribes may choose to submit
applications as part of a multi-tribe consortium.
Contact Information: A toll-free telephone number (1-888-549-9901) has been established to provide
applicants with technical assistance as they work through the online application
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