New NICS

KeyLogic’s support has helped the improved background check system deny more than 1 million firearm sales to prohibited individuals

Supporting Our Nation's Law Enforcement Background Check Process

The Client: The Project Management Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, W.V., which needed support for its New National Instant Criminal Background Check System (New NICS).

Criminal Background Check

 The Challenge: In 1998, NICS was launched by      the FBI following the Brady Handgun Violence        Prevention Act of 1993. The system is used by  Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), the Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF),  and State Points of Contact (POC) to determine  the eligibility of an individual to purchase and  possess a firearm and/or explosive. 

 The FBI requested a re-design of NICS using a COTS-based solution that involved minimal code, minimal risk and an accelerated delivery time. The redesign was divided into three phases, with the first phase focusing on the replacement of outdated design and technology, consolidation of disparate databases and components, and added scalability. 

The Solution: KeyLogic was a sub-contractor to SAIC for the Program Management Office support.

Following the first phase of the redesign, the project moved to redesigning and developing more advanced capabilities, such as increased fax services, centralized e-mail consolidation, comprehensive reporting and computer-telephony integration (CTI).

Even in its early stages, the project showed immediate value and its importance has been elevated in the past few years due to new legislation and heightened scrutiny on background checks. In particular, the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 thrust the New NICS project into the spotlight.

The Result:  The New NICS receives an unprecedented amount of background checks, with single day totals that frequently eclipse 100,000. For example, on Dec. 21, 2012, the New NICS conducted more than 177,000 background checks in one day.

In total, there have been over 1 million federal denials since the program’s inception, which means those individuals attempted to purchase a firearm but were prevented from doing so due to prohibiting factors in their background check.

The success of NICS is vital to the safety of our country, and KeyLogic is proud to play a role in ensuring these background checks are conducted in a timely and accurate manner. 

To learn more about how KeyLogic supports our nation's law enforcement, please contact us today at 888.204.9649.

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