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Previous Solicitations and Announcements: 2019

FY 2019 Current Solicitations

Law Enforcement Core Statistics (LECS) Program

  • BJS-2019-15728
    Under 34 U.S.C. § 10132 (c)(3), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is authorized to "collect and analyze data that will serve as a continuous and comparable national social indication of the prevalence, incidence, rates, extent, distribution, and attributes of crime..." To support this goal, BJS has conducted surveys of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and will update that collection with this solicitation. The Law Enforcement Core Statistics (LECS) program will focus on the organizational characteristics of LEAs to provide accurate and timely national statistics about the personnel, operations, policies, and procedures of federal, state, county, local, and tribal LEAs in the United States. The LECS includes BJS's two core law enforcement collections: the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) and the Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA).

    As part of the LECS program, this 48-month program includes (1) fielding the LEMAS in 2020, (2) frame cleaning and fielding the CSLLEA in 2022, (3) developing and testing a LEMAS supplemental survey instrument, and (4) developing and maintaining an active roster of in-service LEAs.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 6, 2019.

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

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Shelley S. Hyland, BJS Statistician and Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "LECS FY19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 397KB) | Questions and Answers (PDF 94K)

FY 2019 State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers

  • This solicitation describes the guidelines and requirements of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). The information produced by SACs and their involvement in criminal justice projects is 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 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 13, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to SACs established by state legislation or executive order. BJS will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Stephanie Burroughs, Justice Statistics Policy Analyst, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "SJSSAC19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 418K)

2020 Criminal History Record Assessment and Research Program (CHRARP)

  • BJS-2019-15734
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks applications 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 recidivism and criminal histories of offenders. The recipient of funds will assist BJS with converting the state- and federal-specific fields in criminal history records into research datasets with standardized codes that support statistical analysis on criminal offending patterns.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2019.

    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; units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

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

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 328K) | Supporting files (Zip format 2.9M)

Annual Survey of Jails in Indian Country, 2020-23

  • BJS-2019-15733
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to conduct data collection and related activities for the Annual Survey of Jails in Indian Country (SJIC). This award covers the four collection cycles for reporting years 2020 through 2023. The project period is January 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024. The SJIC is the most comprehensive data collection of tribal jails in the United States. Started in 2008, the SJIC describes changes in the inmate population of jails in Indian country and how these facilities are staffed and operated. The data are analyzed by government officials, correctional administrators, and researchers to understand trends in the tribal jail population and inform the practices and policies of tribal jails nationwide.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2019.

    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; units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Jennifer Bronson, BJS Statistician, by telephone at 202-307-0765 or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "SJIC" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 462K) | OJP OCIO Solution Patterns Definitions DRAFT (Zip format 562K)

FY 2019 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

  • BJS-2019-15724
    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) 2019, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements. This year, BJS is prioritizing the use of funds for two purposes: 1) to improve the reporting of dispositions and 2) to improve the reporting of persons prohibited from possessing firearms for reasons related to mental health to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the NCHIP (34 U.S.C. § 40301) and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). (A determination by the Secretary of the Interior is not required for tribes to which federal recognition was extended by virtue of Public Law 115-121, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.)

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Terrance Ealey, Justice Statistics Policy Analyst, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "NCHIP19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP)

  • BJS-2019-15723
    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) 2019, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements. This year, BJS is prioritizing the use of funds for two purposes: (1) to enhance the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records to state and federal systems to the NICS and (2) to improve the overall reporting of persons prohibited from possessing firearms for reasons related to domestic violence and mental health to the NICS.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the Governor in each state to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (34 U.S.C. § 40301) 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 Ron Planty, Justice Statistics Policy Analyst, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "NARIP19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

BJS Statistical Support Program

  • BJS-2019-15745
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks an agent to implement the Bureau of Justice Statistics Statistical Support Program (BJS-SSP). The BJS-SSP supports statistical and methodological research to develop new collections and develop methods to modernize and restore existing or inactive data collections, and aid BJS in special statistical analyses. The Criminal Justice Statistics Program (CJSP) includes nearly 50 separate statistical data collections on policing, prosecution, courts, institutional corrections, community supervision, and victimization. The BJS-SSP will expand the capacity to collect, analyze, and report CJSP data, increasing the breadth of substantive issues.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 28, 2019.

    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; units of local government that that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Kevin Scott, BJS Law Enforcement Statistics Unit Chief, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "BJSSSP19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 450K) | Questions and Answers (PDF 108K)

FY 2019 National Criminal History Improvement Technical Assistance Program (NCHIP TA)

  • BJS-2019-15725
    Administered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the continuation of the National Criminal History Improvement Technical Assistance Program (NCHIP TA) will support activities under the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2019. The NCHIP was initiated in 1995 and has encompassed evolving efforts to support state activities for the establishment of records systems and the collection and use of criminal history and related records. The NARIP program was implemented in 2009, resulting from the passage of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-180).

    Through this solicitation, BJS seeks a national technical assistance service provider to support the goals and objectives of its NCHIP and NARIP grant programs. Direct technical assistance is provided to states, territories, and tribal jurisdictions to ensure that records systems are developed and managed to conform to FBI standards, ensure jurisdictions are using the most appropriate technologies, and adhere to the highest standards of practice with respect to privacy and confidentiality. This program also routinely collects and evaluates performance measures to assess the level of improvement of state and national records holdings and information sharing and exchanges. BJS has supported the NCHIP TA program since 1995.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to for-profit 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. (See solicitation for complete summary of eligibility)

    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 "NCHIPTA19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 706K)

FY 2019 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics

  • BJS-2019-16229
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program, which provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses BJS's criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on one of the top Department of Justice (DOJ) priorities: enhancing national security and countering terrorism threats, securing the borders and enhancing immigration enforcement, reducing violent crime and promoting public safety, or prosecuting federal drug crimes and enforcing the rule of law.

    Applicant institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. BJS encourages institutions to consider sponsoring qualified doctoral students from social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, data science, or statistics for their applications. BJS anticipates making awards to successful applicant institutions on behalf of the sponsored doctoral student in the form of grants to cover a doctoral student fellowship. Awards will not exceed $40,000. Awarded funds will cover all allowable expenses over the project period. Additional funds will not be provided (see Section B. Federal Award Information). If the doctoral student's dissertation is not completed and delivered to BJS within 5 years from the date of the fellowship award, the academic institution may be required to return the full award amount to BJS. The Director of BJS will make final award decisions.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2019.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to degree-granting educational institutions in the United States. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsor on behalf of a doctoral student whose dissertation research substantially uses data made available by BJS.

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Kevin M. Scott, Law Enforcement Unit Chief, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at Askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2019GRFPCJS" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 355K) | Learn more about the graduate research fellowship program (HTML)

FY 2019 Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (SCLEA)

  • BJS-2019-16089
    Under 34 U.S.C. § 10132 (c)(3), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is authorized to "collect and analyze data that will serve as a continuous and comparable national social indication of the prevalence, incidence, rates, extent, distribution, and attributes of crime." To support this goal, BJS has conducted three waves of data collection with campus law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and will update that collection with this solicitation. The Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (SCLEA) will focus on the organizational characteristics of campus LEAs to provide accurate and timely national statistics about their personnel, operations, policies, and procedures. This 36-month program includes (1) questionnaire development, (2) frame development, (3) fielding the SCLEA in 2021, and (4) data cleaning, analysis, and delivery of raw and final datasets.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 28, 2019.

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

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Elizabeth Davis, Statistician and Program Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "SCLEA FY19" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 358K) | Questions and Answers (PDF 129K)

Survey of Public Defenders (SPD)

  • BJS-2019-15744
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications for the testing and fielding of the Survey of Public Defenders (SPD). This study will continue BJS's efforts to collect data on indigent defense in the United States. The SPD will extend the efforts of the Census of Public Defender Offices (CPDO) and National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems (NSIDS) to enhance BJS's understanding of the work done by attorneys who represent indigent clients. While the CPDO and NSIDS were conducted at the agency level, the SPD will survey public defenders who provide services to adults and juveniles charged with criminal offenses.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 28, 2019.

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

    Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Suzanne M. Strong, Statistician and Project Manager, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include "SPD" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 615K)

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