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Department of Justice Announces Additional Expansion of Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

August 14, 2017

Department of Justice Tribal Access Program (TAP) will Continue to Improve the Exchange of Critical Data.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to expand the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information in FY 18; TAP provides federally recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP is currently primarily funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). As such, TAP is currently prioritizing deployments to tribes that :

  • Have a Tribal sex offender registry pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act and are currently unable to directly submit data to national crime information databases; and/or
  • Have a Tribal law enforcement agency (not BIA direct service), that will use TAP to access the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), Next Generation Identification (NGI), and other national databases to both view (query) and enter information.

Applying for TAP in FY 2018

The important dates for the next phase of TAP for FY '18 are:

  • Expression of Interest period opens - August 16, 2017
  • Expression of Interest period closes - September 15, 2017
  • Announcement of selected tribes - September 29, 2017
  • Onboarding and vetting of all Tribal agencies - October 6, 2017 - March 16, 2018
  • Deployment of TAP Kiosk and TAP-LEO services February 22-September 30, 2018

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