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

The United States (U.S.) Department of Justice on 19th Aug, 2015 announced the launch of initial phase of a program to allow federally recognized tribes to access its national crime information databases for criminal and civil cases. The Tribal Access Program was announced during a meeting with tribes at a conference in Tulsa, Okla. The Tribal Access Program (TAP) will help tribes analyze their needs for national crime information and assist them in finding appropriate solutions, including a state-of-the-art biometric/biographic computer workstation that can process finger and palm prints, take mugshots and submit records to national databases, as well as enable them to access Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems through the DOJ. Previously, various regulations and statutes weakened the ability of tribes to fully participate in national criminal justice information sharing through state networks. TAP removes the red tape and creates a partnership between tribal agencies and national crime information databases, which will free the flow of information and strengthen safety in tribal communities. Previously, various regulations and statutes weakened the ability of tribes to fully participate in national criminal justice information sharing through state networks. Improving tribal access to those databases has been a priority since the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 was passed, according to a department statement.

In the initial phase of the TAP program, the biometric/biographic workstations will be deployed to up to 10 federally-recognized tribes who will provide user feedback. This phase will focus on assisting tribes that have law enforcement agencies, while in the future the department will seek to address needs of the remaining tribes and find a long-term solution. The department will continue to work with Congress for additional funding to more broadly deploy the program.

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United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Discontinues e-Filing System

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced discontinuation of its legacy e-Filing system. USCIS offers online filing for several of its forms through this legacy e-Filing system, but once the system is discontinued, paper forms must be used for the following categories

  • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
  • Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service

Once USCIS switches to the new Electronic Immigration System from its current e-Filing system, the forms may not be immediately available, but USICS plans to add them to the new system in the future. USCIS is transitioning from its existing e-Filing system to a new system known as the Electronic Immigration System, which will be faster and more secure for users as well as easier to update and upgrade, according to USCIS. USCIS made the decision to replace the e-Filing system with the Electronic Immigration System in order to uphold data security standards and focus its resources on the upcoming system.

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