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    Subject Term: "Criminal background check"

    1 publication with a total of 1 open recommendation
    Director: Gretta L. Goodwin
    Phone: (202) 512-8777

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To help the NICS Section achieve its mission to enhance national security and public safety by providing the timely and accurate determination of a person's eligibility to possess firearms, the Director of the FBI should monitor NICS check outcomes for specific categories of prohibited individuals to assess timeliness and provide this information to other DOJ entities for use in establishing priorities and tools to assist states in submitting more complete records for use during NICS checks.

    Agency: Department of Justice: Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Status: Open

    Comments: In August 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) implemented NEW NICS as the replacement system for the legacy National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to the FBI, NEW NICS provides new capabilities and functionality to make NICS transaction processing more efficient and accurate and to provide enhanced reporting capabilities. In NEW NICS, the FBI will include the capability to produce reports that will include, among other things, how long delayed denial transactions are taking to complete and the prohibiting categories for the delayed denials. According to the FBI, also in NEW NICS, the FBI can monitor, on an annual basis, the prohibiting categories for delayed denial transactions and take action, as necessary, to work with Department of Justice entities and states to improve timely completion of transactions. NEW NICS is an important step in addressing our recommendation, but the FBI has not yet analyzed the data to meet the intent of our recommendation. We will continue to monitor the FBI's progress in implementing this recommendation.