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
Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a
Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health
was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the
of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in
available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and
and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable
system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited
federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of
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 email@example.com. Include "NARIP18" in the subject line.
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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:
The NCHIP serves as an umbrella for various record improvement activities and
streams, each of which has unique goals and objectives. As a basic principle of
program, BJS strongly encourages states and tribes to ensure the integrated
of record improvement initiatives, regardless of the funding source. Also, BJS
applicants to match or leverage the federal funds provided with other resources, to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include "NCHIP18" in the subject line.
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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 email@example.com. Include "NIS-4 Jails" in the subject line.
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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) requires that applications for funding be submitted through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS).
Applicants for financial assistance from BJS should also review:
Data collection and processing
BJS maintains nearly three dozen major statistical series designed to cover each stage of the criminal justice system. A description of the various BJS data series can be found under the topical references on the BJS home page. The U.S. Census Bureau carries out the majority of BJS's data collection activities. However, BJS conducts several statistical programs for which other non-profit organizations serve as BJS data collection agents. BJS periodically announces solicitations for these programs in the Federal Register and current solicitations are listed at the top of this page.
Statistical and methodological research
BJS conducts, supports, and implements methodological research and initiatives designed to improve the quality of justice statistics, records, and information systems.
BJS, in partnership with the American Statistical Association (ASA), sponsors research projects designed to foster improvements in the methods used to obtain, analyze, and report national-level data on crime and criminal justice. Each year, new topics for methodological research are identified by BJS and ASA. Solicitations for new research projects are announced each year in February and October.
The BJS Visiting Fellows Program promotes criminal justice statistical research among the academic and professional justice community. Visiting Fellows participate in a specifically designed research project of particular operational relevance to the national or international justice system. The program offers criminal justice researchers an opportunity to have a significant impact on specific BJS projects as well as a chance to examine innovative approaches to the analysis and dissemination of BJS data.
National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) provides financial and technical support to states in improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems, and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for background checks.
State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) offers technical and financial support to states to establish and maintain a state-level capacity to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice in order to contribute to effective state policies and programs and to participate in national data series. Through the creation of SACs, BJS encourages analyses of evolving criminal justice topics of interest within the state using data gathered from state and local agencies and promotes statistical inquiries into improved measures of crime incidence and prevalence.
Through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program, BJS invites individuals interested in pursuing criminal justice issues to apply for temporary assignments. Projects will be designed to focus on improving BJS's statistical programs. Assignments may vary in duration, up to 2 years, and may be intermittent, part-time, or full-time. Visit the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program page for deadlines and eligibility requirements.