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Previous Solicitations and Announcements: 2018

State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2018

  • This program announcement describes the guidelines and requirements of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). The information produced by SACs and their involvement in criminal justice projects are 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 March 29, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to Statistical Analysis Centers established by state legislation or executive order. For information on eligibility, see Section C. Eligibility Information. All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

    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 email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "SJSSAC18" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 360K)

FY 2018 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

  • BJS-2018-13843
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (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) 2018, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 (NIAA or the Act), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records will also reduce delays for law- abiding persons to purchase firearms.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

    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 governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior.

    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 email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NARIP18" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 275K)

FY 2018 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

  • BJS-2018-13842
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2018, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.

    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 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 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.

    The NCHIP serves as an umbrella for various record improvement activities and funding streams, each of which has unique goals and objectives. As a basic principle of this program, BJS strongly encourages states and tribes to ensure the integrated functioning of record improvement initiatives, regardless of the funding source. Also, BJS urges applicants to match or leverage the federal funds provided with other resources, to the maximum extent possible.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 time p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) program and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

    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 email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCHIP18" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 341K)

FY 2018 NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program: Support for Local Law Enforcement Agencies, Part 1

  • The FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division established and maintains the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). To generate detailed national estimates of crime known to law enforcement (LE) using NIBRS data, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI are supporting the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative. To produce statistically sound national estimates of crime, the NCS-X program will support the transition to NIBRS reporting of a scientifically selected sample of 400 LE agencies nationwide. Through this solicitation, BJS seeks proposals to enable up to 173 local LE agencies in the NCS- X sample, agencies that are currently not reporting incident-based data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, to report incident-based crime data to the FBI's NIBRS, either through their state UCR Program or directly to the FBI. BJS funding decisions under this solicitation will be made in coordination with, and with the concurrence of, the FBI's CJIS Division.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are 173 local LE agencies selected for participation in the NCS-X: 20 agencies with 750 or more sworn officers and 153 with fewer than 750 officers. See page 1 to get full eligibility description.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Andrea Gardner, NCS-X Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCS-X SLLEA P1" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 592K)

National Inmate Survey (NIS-4) 2019-20 - Jails

  • BJS-2018-14106
    The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79; henceforth "the Act") was enacted on September 4, 2003. The Act requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to "carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape." The Act further instructs BJS to collect survey data: "the Bureau shall...use surveys and other statistical studies of current and former inmates...." The law was passed, in part, to overcome a shortage of available research on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence in correctional facilities.

    To implement the Act, BJS developed the National Prison Rape Statistics Program, which includes four separate data collection efforts: the Survey of Sexual Victimization (SSV, formerly Survey of Sexual Violence), National Inmate Survey (NIS), National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), and National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS).

    Each of these collections is independent, and, while not directly comparable, they provide measures of the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault in correctional facilities. The SSV collects information about incidents of sexual violence reported to and investigated by adult and juvenile correctional authorities and characteristics of substantiated incidents. The NIS collects allegations of sexual assault self-reported by inmates in correctional facilities. The NSYC gathers self-reported sexual assault data from youth in juvenile correctional facilities. The NFPS measures allegations of sexual assault experienced during a person's last incarceration, as reported by former inmates under community active supervision.

    The award resulting from this solicitation will provide funding, through a cooperative agreement, for a collection agent to administer the fourth round of the NIS (NIS-4) in jails. The NIS is an audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) instrument administered to inmates in correctional facilities to measure the prevalence of sexual assault at the facility level. Project activities include drawing a national sample of local and privately operated jail facilities; administering the survey to sampled inmates in these facilities; and conducting all data collection, analyses, and reporting activities.

    BJS anticipates making one initial award for a 48-month period (January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2022). The initial award may be supplemented depending on available funding and performance.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 14, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities; 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 Jessica Stroop, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NIS-4 Jails" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 241K) | Sample Design Evaluation and Recommendations for Jails (PDF 460K)

Federal Law Enforcement Agency Deaths in Custody Reporting Program, 2018-2021

  • BJS -2018-14130
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks applications for the administration of the Federal Law Enforcement Agency Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (FDCRP), 2018-2021. The FDCRP aims to: (1) collect complete and accurate information on all federal arrest-related, detained, and incarcerated deaths; (2) implement a consistent data collection program across all federal law enforcement (LE) agencies; and (3) increase efficiency and timeliness of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the data. In addition, BJS seeks assistance to update and maintain the FDCRP survey instruments and the federal LE agency frame, which includes agency contact information. With this solicitation, BJS seeks a data collection agent for deaths that occur during fiscal years (FY) 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, where data collection immediately follows the referenced fiscal year.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 18, 2018.

    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 Anthony Whyde, BJS Statistician, Law Enforcement Statistics Unit, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "Federal ARD" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 323K)

2019 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories

  • BJS-2018-14146
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks applications for the administration of the 2019 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories (CPFFCL). Consistent with the Attorney General's stated commitment to increasing the reliability of forensic analysis and the capacity of forensic service providers as components of reducing violent crime and promoting public safety, the CPFFCL collects data on workload, operations, budgets, staffing levels, types of analyses performed (including violent crime and drug analyses), backlogs, and accreditation and certifications of federal, state, county, and municipal crime laboratories.

    The key activities under this award include updating the national census roster of publicly funded crime laboratories, revising the data collection instrument, collecting and verifying the data submitted by laboratories, and delivering to BJS a final data file. BJS will provide to the recipient of funds a draft of the questionnaire and a preliminary census roster of approximately 500 laboratories at the beginning of the project. BJS anticipates making one award for a 36-month period under this solicitation, with an award start date on or near October 1, 2018.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 2, 2018.

    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 Connor Brooks, Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "CPFFCL2019" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 316K)

2019 Census of Jails and 2020-23 Annual Survey of Jails

  • BJS-2018-14127
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to conduct data collection and related activities for the Census of Jails (COJ) and the Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ). This award covers the collection of 2019 COJ data and four collection cycles of ASJ data (2020 through 2023). The project period is January 1, 2019, through February 29, 2024. The COJ is BJS's longest-running and most comprehensive data collection that studies the nation's local jails. BJS has been conducting the COJ to collect jail facility and population data every 5 or 6 years since 1970. Started in 1982, the ASJ has been conducted in years between the censuses to produce national estimates on jail populations. The COJ and ASJ are the primary sources of high-quality, national data on local jails, tracking changes in the number of jails, national capacities, and inmate population size and characteristics. The data are analyzed by government officials, correctional administrators, and researchers to understand the trends in the jail population to inform the practices and policies of jails nationwide.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 2, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities; 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 Zhen Zeng, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "CJASJ" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF) | Questions and Answers (PDF 23K)

Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Program, 2018-21

  • BJS-2018-14400
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks applications for the administration of the Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Program, which will cover 2018-21 calendar years as reference years. Consistent with the Attorney General's stated commitment to reducing violent crime and promoting public safety, the FIST program provides national estimates of the total number of firearm purchase applications received and denied pursuant to the Brady Act and state laws. FIST collects counts of firearm transfer applications and permit checks conducted by state and local agencies and combines them with FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) transaction data. The program also collects information on reasons for denials, appeals of these denials, and law enforcement actions the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) take against denied persons.

    FIST is an annual data collection. This award will be based on a 52-month project period and will initially collect data, in separate collection cycles, for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 reference years. The project tasks outlined in this solicitation are designed to support the core activities BJS would expect the recipient of funds to conduct as part of an annual data collection. BJS anticipates that it will make one award of up to $1,600,000, in the form of a cooperative agreement, for a 52-month project period, beginning October 2018.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 9, 2018.

    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 Connor Brooks, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "FIST 2018" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 235K)

FY 2018 State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers Technical Assistance Program

  • BJS-2018-13835
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announces the Technical Assistance Program, which will support activities under the State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SJS-SAC) in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The SJS-SAC program aims to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to coordinate statistical activities, conduct research on relevant criminal justice issues, and serve as a liaison to help BJS gather data from state agencies.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 15, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia with demonstrated organizational and community-based experience working with federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, including tribal for-profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia. See solicitation for complete eligibility information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Stephanie L. Burroughs, Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "SJSSACTA18" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 286K)

FY 2018 NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program: Support for Local Law Enforcement Agencies, Part 2

  • The FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division established and maintains the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). To generate detailed national estimates of crime known to law enforcement (LE) using NIBRS data, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI are supporting the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative. To produce statistically sound national estimates of crime, the NCS-X program will support the transition to NIBRS reporting of a scientifically selected sample of 400 LE agencies nationwide. Through this solicitation, BJS seeks proposals to enable up to 173 local LE agencies in the NCS-X sampleagencies that are currently not reporting incident-based data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Programto report incident-based crime data to the FBI's NIBRS, either through their state UCR Program or directly to the FBI. BJS funding decisions under this solicitation will be made in coordination with, and with the concurrence of, the FBI's CJIS Division.

    The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the UCR crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System of the UCR Program. The deadline for the NIBRS transition is January 1, 2021. Local agencies typically contribute data to NIBRS through their "state pipeline." Agencies report their state-specific incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and the state agency then sends data from all of the state's contributing agencies to the FBI. The FBI and BJS advocate using the state pipeline for crime data reporting. For those instances in which a state is not able to receive incident-based data from local LE agencies, the FBI is willing to receive the incident-based data directly from a local agency until the state pipeline is in place. However, agencies are strongly encouraged to report directly to their state UCR Program whenever possible. The plan to transition local agencies to incident-based reporting (IBR) requires that local LE agencies work closely with the state UCR Program to ensure submitted data meet the requirements of the state program.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on June 28, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are 173 local LE agencies selected for participation in the NCS-X: 20 agencies with 750 or more sworn officers and 153 with fewer than 750 officers that: (1) are located in states in which the state UCR Programs currently have or will have by June 2018 a state IBR standard; (2) currently do not report incident-based data to their state UCR Program or NIBRS... See solicitation for complete eligibility information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Andrea Gardner, NCS-X Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NCS-X SLLEA P2" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 345K)

National Survey of Prosecutors, 2019 (NSP19)

  • BJS-2018-14501
    Under 34 U.S.C. ยง 10132 (c)(4), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is authorized to "collect and analyze statistical information, concerning the operations of the criminal justice system at the Federal, State, tribal, and local levels." To support this goal, BJS has conducted prior surveys of prosecutors and will update that collection with this solicitation. The National Survey of Prosecutors, 2019 (NSP19), will focus on the administration of state court prosecution activities. The survey will update basic information, including office size, types of staff and resources, and emerging issues important to the Attorney General's priorities, such as the prosecution of violent crime, human trafficking, cybercrime, and responses to the opioid crisis. The survey will also collect information on new topics areas, to include problem-solving courts, prosecutorial diversion, processing of forensic evidence, plea bargains, and trials.

    There are more than 2,300 prosecutors' offices that handle felony cases in state courts of general jurisdiction in the United States. The recipient of funds will verify and update the sampling frame, design a sampling strategy, design a survey of state prosecutors' offices, convene at least one meeting of a panel of experts to review the survey instrument and survey contact strategies, and submit the sampling plan and survey to BJS. After approval, the team will field the survey, collect, clean, and deliver data to BJS, and work with BJS to analyze and report the data.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 9, 2018.

    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, 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 Suzanne Strong, BJS Statistician, by telephone at (202) 307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NSP19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 265K)

Analysis of Publicly Available Court Data (APACD)

  • BJS-2018-14149
    The Analysis of Publicly Available Court Data (APACD) aims to
  • assess the availability of publicly available state and local court records
  • conduct a pilot study to collect these publicly available data
  • complete a full data collection
  • analyze, report, and disseminate the data.
  • The recipient of funds will assess a range of publicly available court data resources, beginning with existing state court data extracts and state court records websites. Then, the recipient of funds will progress to other potential public data sources, such as state court online repositories, publicly available court docket calendars, and state sentencing commission data repositories. The recipient of funds will evaluate the viability and cost of using such data to support the production of national estimates of court activity and recommend a nationally representative sampling strategy for such an effort. The goal is to produce a report that at a minimum, replicates the Felony Sentences in State Courts report series. BJS also expects to collect, analyze, and report on data on case filing. Applicants should become familiar with Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2006 - Statistical Tables and the data elements necessary to produce a similar report.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 12, 2018.

    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; 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 Suzanne M. Strong, BJS Statistician and Project Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "APACD18" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 235K) | Webinar Audio - May 10, 2018 (Other) | Webinar transcript - May 10, 2018 (PDF 54K)

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