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Previous Solicitations and Announcements: 2011

National Survey of Tribal Court Systems 2011 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2947
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals to administer the 2011 National Survey of Tribal Court Systems (NSTCS). The survey will gather administrative and operational information from tribal courts, prosecutors' offices, and indigent defense providers operating in the estimated 200 federally-recognized tribal justice systems in the United States.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to review data collection instruments, datasets, and statistical reports from prior BJS-sponsored surveys that focus on court organization and court caseload statistics, such as the State Court Organization and the Court Statistics Project series. Applicants should also review BJS reports focusing on various aspects of Indian country, including Jails in Indian Country and the Census of Tribal Justice Agencies. These resources can be found on the BJS website.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 10, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for- profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Thomas H. Cohen, BJS Statistician at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NSTCS11" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 186K) | PDF

State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2011

  • 2011-BJS-2831
    The SJS Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through the collection and analysis of data. The program provides limited funds to coordinate statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate the impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison role to assist BJS with gathering data from respondent agencies in their states. Each application for funding under this program must identify the participating organizations in the state and the particular issues to be addressed.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Monday, February 28, 2011.

    Eligibility: State SAC's 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.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this program announcement, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, at 202-307-0765 or by e- mail to askbjs@usdoj.gov. Please include "SJSSAC11" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (98K)

FY 2011 Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Program Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2830
    The FIST program collects counts of firearm transfers and permit checks conducted by state and local agencies and combines this information with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) transaction data. Under FIST, additional information is collected on reasons for denials, appeals of denials, and law enforcement actions the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) take against denied persons.

    BJS is authorized to conduct this data collection under its authorizing statute, which reads in part that BJS is authorized to "support the development and enhancement of national systems of criminal history and related records including the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the National Incident-Based Reporting System, and the records of the National Crime Information Center, facilitate State participation in national records and information systems, and support research for critical analysis of the improvement and utilization of criminal history records." 42 U.S.C. § 3732 (c) (19).

    Deadline: Registration with Grants.gov is required prior to application submission. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, January 24, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for- profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Allina Boutilier, Program Manager, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail to askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "FIST" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (93K)

FY 2011 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2896
    The NCHIP grant program 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.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, March 17, 2011.

    Eligibility: The NCHIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NCHIP program or a federally recognized Indian tribe. States and tribes may choose to submit applications as part of a multistate consortium or other entity. In such cases, please contact your BJS program manager for further information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail to askBJS@usdoj.gov.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 163K) | Addendum to the NCHIP for Tribal Applicants (PDF 43K)

Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole, 2011-2014 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2872
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to collect, process, and analyze data for the Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole for reference years 2011 through 2014.

    The Annual Probation Survey and the Annual Parole Survey are two separate data collections (collectively referred to as P&P) through which BJS annually obtains data on adults on probation and post-prison supervision (i.e., parole). The P&P data are obtained from administrative data maintained by state probation and/or parole agencies; municipal, county, or court agencies; and the federal system. Since 1980, BJS has used the P&P surveys to track the growth of and change in the adult probation and parole populations in the United States. Together, these two populations are known as the adult community corrections population. Community corrections data from the P&P collections, data from the National Prison Statistics (NPS) collections (counts of adults incarcerated in federal and state prisons), and jails data from the Annual Survey of Jails (counts of persons in local jails) are used to estimate the total adult correctional population in the United States.

    Deadline: Deadline has been extended: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 14, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for- profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Tom Bonczar, BJS Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "aspp2011- 2014" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 227K)

National Judicial Reporting Program 2011 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2930
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics is seeking proposals to design, develop, and conduct a data collection for the 2011 National Judicial Reporting Program (NJRP). Historically, the NJRP compiled case-level information on the sentences that felons receive in state courts and on demographics of felony offenders. It excluded federal courts and state or local courts that do not adjudicate adult felony cases. NJRP surveys were conducted every 2 years from 1986 through 2006.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 25, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for- profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Tracey Kyckelhahn, BJS Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "njrp2011" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 175K) | Pilot Study Preliminary Report on Statewide Judicial Data for NJRP (PDF) | Pilot Study Final Report on Statewide Judicial Data for NJRP (PDF)

FY 2011 National Criminal History Improvement Technical Assistance Program Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2933
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics is seeking a national technical assistance service provider to support the goals and objectives of its 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 Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) standards, make certain that jurisdictions are using the most appropriate technologies, and adhere to the highest standards of practice regarding privacy and confidentiality. An additional component of this program includes routine collection and evaluation of performance measures to guarantee that progress is being made to improve state and national records holdings and information sharing and exchanges.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 2, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for- profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program at 202-307-0765 or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2011NCHIPTA" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 158K)

Annual Surveys of Jails in Indian Country, 2012-2015 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2976
    The purpose of this award is to provide funding through a cooperative agreement to administer annually the Survey of Jails in Indian Country (SJIC) data collection and analysis activities for four iterations of the survey: 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The SJIC is used to describe changes in jail inmate populations in Indian country as well as facility operations and staffing in these jails. Intermittently, via addenda, the SJIC is used to collect data on facility programs and services, such as those related to inmate health care, medical assessments, mental health screening procedures, counseling programs, and education programs. Data analysis includes the production of tabular displays of key quantities, detailed appendix tables showing facility-level responses to items, and responses to special requests. BJS anticipates making one award for the project. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Todd Minton, BJS Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "asjic2012-2015" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

National Victimization Statistical Support Program (NVSSP) Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2989
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to implement the National Victimization Statistical Support Program (NVSSP) project. The NVSSP is designed to provide scientific and technical support for statistical and methodological research, statistical analyses, documentation, and dissemination in support of BJS's efforts related to the redesign of its National Criminal Victimization Survey (NCVS); enhance BJS's statistical reporting program from the NCVS and other federal data on criminal victimization; and supports BJS efforts to use the NCVS to inform its future decisions about the design and content of its victimization statistics program. Through this project, BJS seeks to expand its capacity to conduct analyses of the NCVS and other criminal victimization data and create technical documentation related to the survey's collection process as a means of increasing the breadth of substantive issues that it addresses with the NCVS, both in the short-run and longer-term. BJS intends to fund the NVSSP project through a cooperative agreement for a five-year period. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under 42 U.S.C. § 3732(c).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 3, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organizational and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Michael Planty, BJS Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "nvssp2011" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 148K)

Methodological Research to Support the National Crime Victimization Survey: Self-Report Data on Rape and Sexual Assault - Pilot Test Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-3011
    This solicitation seeks applicants to develop and test optimum data collection procedures for self-report data on rape and sexual assault. The focus of the work under this solicitation is to develop, implement, and test survey methods for providing estimates of rape and sexual assault, and to determine the feasibility of using these procedures in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) program. Applicants for funding under this announcement should provide a synopsis of their background in the field that documents their expertise with the issues, demonstrates that their firm has the infrastructure necessary to complete a large scale pilot test, and describes the administrative capabilities necessary to undertake a project of this scope. BJS anticipates making one award for a 30-month period under this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organizational and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with programmatic or any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Michael Rand, Chief, Victimization Statistics, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "rsapilot" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 273K) | Questions and Answers (updated) (PDF 26K)

2011 National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2994
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals to design, develop, and conduct the 2011 National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems (NSIDS). NSIDS will collect statistics about the provision of indigent defense services in states and local jurisdictions in the United States. BJS anticipates making one award of up to $1.2 million for a 36-month period under this solicitation.

    The funding of this project is subject to the availability of funds. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, May 27, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Donald Farole, BJS Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "nsids2011" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 135K)

Deaths in Custody Reporting Program, 2012 -2015 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2939
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to collect and analyze data for the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP) for the four-year period from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2015 (fiscal years 2012-2015). Broadly, the agent's responsibilities include data collection and analysis, managing all data collection activities efficiently and cost effectively, updating the national database of the DCRP to ensure accurate and timely data, and assisting BJS in enhancing and expanding the DCRP. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under 42 U.S.C. § 3732(c).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with programmatic or any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Margaret Noonan, BJS Statistician and Program Manager, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "dcrp1215" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 227K)

FY 2011 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2978
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in Fiscal Year 2011, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 16, 2011.

    Eligibility: The NARIP applications must be submitted by: (a) the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NCHIP program; (b) the state or territory central administrative office or similar entity designated by statute or regulation to administer federal grant funds on behalf of the jurisdiction's court system; or (c) federally recognized Indian tribal government.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2011NARIP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 149K) | Addendum to the NARIP for Tribal Applicants (PDF 93K)

Law Enforcement Agency Identifiers Crosswalk Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2987
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks to establish a cooperative agreement with a vendor to create a database that captures a wide range of identifying geographic, descriptive and statistical data on the universe of state and local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. This file will enhance BJS' and other researchers' capabilities to perform agency-level analyses (e.g., the annual allocation calculations for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program). BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under 42 U.S.C. § 3732(c).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Alexia Cooper, BJS Statistician at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "LEAIC" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

2011 Visiting Fellow: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs

  • 2011-BJS-2998
    BJS is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding for one or more BJS Visiting Fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs with existing BJS data. The overall purpose of this program is to support the scholarly use of BJS data collections, expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data, and enhance or inform BJS statistical programs.

    Under section 302 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, BJS is authorized to "make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with public agencies, institutions of higher education, private organizations, or private individuals" for purposes of collecting and analyzing criminal justice statistics.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 1, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to senior-level social science researchers and/or statisticians whose work on crime-related subjects has been extensively published and who are willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over a 12-month period to undertake analyses of existing BJS data and produce a publishable quality report summarizing their analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2011vfcjsp" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 138K)

Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities (SISFCF), 2012 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-2995
    The purpose of this award is to provide funding through a cooperative agreement for a collection agent to administer a survey to a national sample of prison inmates, hereafter known as the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities (SISFCF), 2012. The activities under this award include drawing a national sample of prisoners and jail inmates, administering the surveys, and conducting data collection, analysis and reporting activities.

    BJS anticipates making one award for a 30-month period under this solicitation.

    BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under 42 U.S.C. § 3732(c).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 1, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organizational and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Lauren Glaze, BJS Statistician and Program Manager, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "SISFCF12" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 152K) | Draft Survey of Inmates in Prisons and Local Jails (SIPLJ) (PDF 1.4M) | Questions and Answers (PDF 89K)

Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) Program, 2011-2013 Solicitation

  • 2011-BJS-3006
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals for assistance in the development and implementation of the Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) Program, 2011-2013. In addition, BJS is seeking assistance in the revision of the 2013 ARD survey instrument and refinements in procedures for collecting and analyzing data about arrest-related deaths. BJS anticipates that this 36-month award will begin on October 1, 2011, and will continue until September 30, 2014. The purpose of the ARD program is to (1) the collect complete and accurate information on all arrest-related deaths; (2) implement a consistent program in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and (3) increase efficiency and timeliness of ARD data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings. From its inception through calendar year 2010, the ARD collection has been managed in-house by BJS staff. With this solicitation, BJS seeks a data collection agent for the deaths that occur during 2011, 2012, and 2013. The correctional component of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act (DCRP) is not included in this solicitation.

    For background on the DCRP, see the special topic page on the BJS website at www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=19.

    BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, June 13, 2011.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organizational and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact Andrea Burch, BJS Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "ARD1113" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 187K) | Arrest-Related Deaths, 2010 Status Report (PDF 40K) | Agenda and transcript (PDF 98K)

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