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16Dec2020

BJS Releases FY21 NCHIP and NARIP Solicitations

On December 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released the fiscal year 2021 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and NICS Act Records Improvement Program (NARIP) solicitations.

Download the announcement PDFs from BJS’s website:
FY21 NCHIP solicitation
FY21 NARIP solicitation

FY2021 NCHIP: BJS-2021-19307

BJS is seeking applications for funding for the FY2021 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), which furthers DOJ’s mission to reduce violent crime and address gun violence by enhancing the criminal justice capabilities of U.S. state and tribal governments by improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal-history and related records in support of national record systems and their use for name- and fingerprint-based criminal history background checks. (Reference to “state” includes the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.)

Deadline: Grants.gov Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April, 8, 2021; JustGrants Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 15, 2021

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • The agency designated by the Governor in each state to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (34 U.S.C. § 40301).
  • 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.
  • Federally recognized tribal governments. 

Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include “NCHIP21” in the subject line.

FY2021 NARIP: BJS-2021-19306

BJS is seeking applications for funding for the 2021 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP), which furthers the DOJ’s mission by enhancing the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records to state and federal systems used by the NICS. Eligible states and tribes may receive grant funding to improve the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records to state and federal systems. (Reference to “state” includes the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.)

Deadline: Grants.gov Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 22, 2021; JustGrants Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 29, 2021

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • The agency designated by the Governor in each state to administer the National Criminal History Improvement Program (34 U.S.C. § 40301).
  • 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.
  • Federally recognized tribal governments.

Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Devon Adams, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at AskBJS@usdoj.gov. Include “NARIP21” in the subject line.

SEARCH is available as a resource to help eligible entities plan for and develop their application for funding. For direct assistance or questions, please contact SEARCH Law and Policy Program staff:

Becki Goggins, Law and Policy Director
Dennis DeBacco, Justice Information Services Specialist

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Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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