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Current Solicitations

FY 2019 NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program: Support for Local Law Enforcement Agencies

  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division partnered to implement the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), an initiative to expand the number of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) reporting crime data to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The NCS-X Initiative will support a scientifically selected sample of 400 LEAs in reporting incident-based crime data to NIBRS to produce statistically sound, detailed national estimates of crime known to law enforcement. Through this solicitation, BJS seeks applications from eligible NCS-X agencies to support costs associated with reporting incident-based crime data that are compliant with the NIBRS standard. BJS funding decisions under this solicitation will be made in coordination with, and the concurrence of, the FBI's CJIS Division.

    The FBI has formally announced its intention to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and transition to a NIBRS-only collection on January 1, 2021. To ensure crime data meet state UCR Program requirements, local LEAs are strongly encouraged to work closely with their state UCR Program while developing an IBR transition plan. In general, local LEAs report data to the FBI's NIBRS by submitting state-specific, incident-based data to their state UCR Program, then the state UCR Program reports those data 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 LEAs, the FBI will accept incident-based data directly from a local LEA until the state pipeline is in place. However, agencies should report crime data directly to their state UCR Program whenever possible.

    Deadline: All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on December 27, 2018.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants are local LEAs selected for participation in the NCS-X, however, agencies that have previously applied for and been awarded funds to support their NIBRS transition are not eligible for funding under this solicitation. Agencies that report or are in the process of transitioning to IBR/NIBRS may not be considered eligible. Applications from a third-party entity supporting the transition of an eligible agency or agencies may also be considered.

    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 Include "NCS-X FY19 SLLEA" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF 457K)

Previous solicitations and announcements

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Applications and forms

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:

BJS funding programs

Criminal justice statistics programs | Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments | IPA Mobility Program

Criminal justice statistics programs

    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.

Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments

    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.

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program


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