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Previous Solicitations and Announcements: 2014

2015 Criminal History Record Assessment and Research Program (CHRARP)

  • BJS-2014-3933
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals to support the Criminal History Record Assessment and Research Program (CHRARP). This statistical program furthers BJS's mission to produce accurate and timely information on the criminal histories of offenders. The recipient of funds will transform automated criminal history records into databases that support statistical research and studies of the criminal behaviors for various cohorts of individuals. The recipient of funds will 1) prepare and maintain a software system that converts the contents of automated criminal history records into research databases; 2) generate a set of at least three research databases, including technical assistance in the design of sampling frames and sampling weights; 3) design and implement a quality assurance system to validate the conversion of raw criminal history information into these research databases; 4) provide BJS with a set of analyses of each research database based on BJS's specifications; 5) work with BJS to determine how variations in the quality, completeness, and variability of the computerized criminal history information maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and state repositories affect the content of the research databases; and 6) prepare technical reports detailing these findings and proposing methods to compensate for these attributes when analyzing these administrative records.

    BJS anticipates making one award of up to $1,000,000 for the 18-month program described herein. The program includes an option to continue the work for an additional 42 months. Funding in subsequent years will be based on the selected applicant's performance during the initial 18 months, the availability of funds, and the scope of work developed by BJS following the first 18 months. This award may be supplemented in the future at BJS discretion, depending on the selected applicant's performance and the availability of appropriations.

    BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302. It is also authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act of 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-76.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 30, 2014.

    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, 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 "2015 CHRARP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 345K) | Supporting files (Zip format)

FY 2014 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

  • BJS-2014-3834
    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) 2014, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 12, 2014.

    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 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 "2014NARIP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 232K)

FY 2014 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

  • BJS-2014-3833
    BJS is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, 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 ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems. Achieving this goal is contingent on accomplishing four objectives:

    • providing direct financial and technical assistance to states and tribes to improve their criminal records systems and other related systems in an effort to support background checks
    • ensuring the infrastructure is developed to connect criminal history records systems to the state record repository or appropriate federal agency record system and ensuring records are accessible through the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) records systems
    • providing 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
    • using systematic evaluation and standardized performance measurement and statistics to assess progress made in improving national records holdings and background check systems.


    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 12, 2014.

    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. In such cases, please contact your BJS program manager for further information.

    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 "NCHIP14" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 179K)

FY 2014 Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Program

  • BJS-2014-3821
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) began the Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Program in 1995 to provide national estimates of the total number of firearm purchase applications received and denied pursuant to the Brady Act and similar state laws. The FIST Program collects counts of firearm transfers and permit checks conducted by state and local agencies and combines this information with Federal Bureau of Investigation's (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.

    Deadline: The deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

    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 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 requirements of this solicitation, contact Allina Lee, FIST Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2014 FIST" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2014

  • This program announcement describes the guidelines and requirements of the FY 2014 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.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on April 14, 2014.

    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 SJSSAC14 in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 172K)

2014 Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs

  • BJS-2014-3867
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (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. The overall purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; to support the scholarly use of BJS data collections, expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data, in order to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

    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 or programs.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

    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 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 Ramona R. Rantala, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2014VFCJSP" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 212K)

2015 Survey of Law Enforcement Personnel in Schools (SLEPS)

  • BJS-2014-3928
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is pleased to announce that it is seeking an applicant to conduct a new data collection focused on the activities, roles, and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies and personnel who have responsibilities for interacting with and working in K-12 public schools. The tasks will require instrument design, a field test of that design, and a data collection that includes a nationally represented sample of law enforcement personnel working in schools.

    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 individualsfor purposes of collecting and analyzing criminal justice statistics.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 24, 2014.

    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, 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 Michael Planty, Chief, BJS Victimization Statistics Unit, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2015 SLEPS" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 239K)

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