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Previous Solicitations and Announcements: 2013

State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2013

  • BJS-2013-3492
    This program announcement describes the guidelines and requirements of the FY 2013 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). Since 1972, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its predecessor agency, the National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service, have provided support to state and territorial governments to establish and operate SACs to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice to federal, state, and local levels of government and to share state-level information nationally. The information produced by SACs and their involvement in criminal justice projects have been, and will continue to be, critical to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies and community organizations as they develop programs and policies related to crime, illegal drugs, victim services, and the administration of justice.

    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 specify the participating organizations in the state and the particular issues to be addressed. Each year, BJS designates specific topics for analysis and encourages applicants to give careful consideration to planning activities that fit within one or more of the designated topics (see section SJS Program Themes). If a SAC does not feel that any of the topics are relevant to its state, then it may identify a topic or statistical activity of critical importance to its jurisdiction.

    The SJS program themes are selected jointly by BJS, the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and selected SAC directors. The themes reflect the issues of current concern and significance to criminal justice practitioners. JRSA also plays a role in publishing reports based on SJS themes and organizes an annual conference that helps SACs to share the results from their work. Some SJS funding priorities help build the infrastructure that allows SACs to collect and disseminate information to state, national, and international audiences.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

    Eligibility: State SACs 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 requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include SJSSAC13 in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 178K)

FY 2013 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

  • BJS-2013-3534
    BJS is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The goal of 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 Monday, May 13, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible 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.

    BJS may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCHIP13" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 175K)

FY 2013 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

  • BJS-2013-3537
    BJS 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 (FY) 2013, 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 13, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to: (a) the agency designated by the Governor to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP); (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 requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon B. Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2013NARIP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 155K)

2013 Visiting Fellow: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs

  • BJS-2013-3593
    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 Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

    Eligibility: The BJS Visiting Fellowship Program is open to applicants who have a recognized research record, considerable expertise in their area of proposed research, and who are willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over at least a 12-month period to undertake analyses of existing BJS data or statistical programs and produce at least one publishable quality report summarizing their analysis.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Gerard F. Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2013VFCJSP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

FY 2013 Continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program

  • BJS-2013-3649
    BJS is announcing a public solicitation for the continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) through a Cooperative Agreement. The FJSP is managed by BJS and serves as the national clearinghouse of federal case processing data. Under this program, data provided by six federal justice agencies are standardized, maintained, analyzed, and archived (currently under Award #2010-BJ-CX-K079). The FJSP produces annual, cross-sectional data files (Standard Analysis Files, or SAFs) which represent the stages from arrest and prosecution through pretrial release, adjudication, sentencing, appeals, and corrections. BJS has used these files to report on defendants processed at a specific stage at a point in time. In the late 1990s, the FJSP developed a methodology to link person-case records to improve statistical reporting. Recognizing the greater analytical rigor that linked or longitudinal data provides in addressing policy questions, the FJSP created the Dyad Link File System to enable analysis of linked cohorts. The clearinghouse currently contains annual cross- sectional data files and Dyad Link Files from 1994 to 2010.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, June 24, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), faith based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning (including tribal institutions of higher education. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee).

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Mark Motivans, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2013CFJSP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 170K)

State and Local Justice Agencies Serving Tribal Lands

  • BJS-2013-3636
    BJS is developing a comprehensive program of statistical data collection efforts to document justice system activities on tribal lands. Current collections target the federal justice system, jails in Indian Country, crimes reported by tribal law enforcement agencies, and tribal court systems. The proposed data collections will fill two major information gaps. This effort will conduct two separate, but related, surveys: one of the state and local law enforcement agencies and one of state and local prosecutor offices that provide justice services on tribal lands. These surveys will solicit information on administrative procedures and practices, tribal caseloads and provided services, and the capabilities of the agencies to report detailed data on the tribal matters they handle.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 18, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible 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 requirements of this solicitation, contact Brian Reaves, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "SLJASTL" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 210K)

2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories

  • BJS-2013-3660
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks to establish a cooperative agreement with a collection agent to field the 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories (CPFFCL14). The key activities covered under this award include updating the national census roster of publicly funded crime labs, developing the data collection instrument (i.e., questionnaire), collecting and verifying the data submitted by labs, and delivering to BJS a final data file. BJS will provide the recipient of funds with a draft of the questionnaire and a preliminary census roster of approximately 460 labs at the beginning of the project. During the first quarter of 2015, the recipient of funds will begin collecting data on the workload and operations of federal, state, county, and municipal crime labs in 2014, including budgets, staffing levels, types of analyses performed, backlogs for forensic services, and accreditations.

    BJS anticipates making one award for a 24-month period under this solicitation, with an award date on or after October 1, 2013. 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, July 8, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Matthew Durose, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "CPFFCL14" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 199K)

Federal Justice Statistics Analytic Resource Center

  • BJS-2013-3661
    The Bureau of Justice Statistic's (BJS) Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) collects, standardizes, and publishes statistics about the federal response to crime and the operation of the federal criminal justice system. BJS seeks an agent to implement the Federal Justice Statistics Analytic Resource Center (FJSARC) project. This project is designed to provide scientific and technical support to BJS for methodological research, statistical analysis, and reporting of findings using data from the FJSP. The FJSP produces annual, cross-sectional data files (Standard Analysis Files, or SAFs), which represent the federal criminal case processing stages from arrest and prosecution through pretrial release, adjudication, sentencing, appeals, and corrections. This collection is also used as the basis to link data files and permit analysis of offender cohorts as they progress through the federal criminal case process.

    The proposed project will identify and retain the support of substantive and methodological experts as affiliates to assist in project tasks. The two priority areas are 1) demonstrating how the federal data, especially the linked data, can be used to address pressing substantive questions; and 2) assessing the primary shortcomings of the FJSP data for federal criminal justice statistical reporting purposes, and proposing and implementing methodological solutions to address these issues.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, July 8, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), faith based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning (including tribal institutions of higher education. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee).

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Mark Motivans, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2013FJSARC" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 665K)

National Crime Victimization Survey Instrument Redesign and Testing Project

  • BJS-2013-3617
    BJS seeks an agent to execute the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Instrument Redesign and Testing Project. The project is designed to provide scientific and technical support for the redesign and testing of the NCVS roster control card, crime screener (NCVS-1), and crime incident (NCVS-2) instruments in support of BJS's efforts related to increasing the efficiency, reliability, and use of the NCVS. In addition, the project will evaluate the use and content of the NCVS supplements.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

    Eligibility: Eligible 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 requirements of this solicitation, contact Michael Planty, Chief, Victimization Statistics Unit, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCVSIRTP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 245K)

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