The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has selected Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) to upgrade the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) systems used by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
Under this new contract, worth up to $19 million over three years, if all options are exercised, Unisys will upgrade NCJRS by migrating its web services to a secure cloud environment and providing shared web services managed through a common web content management system. Customers seeking information from OJP will be able to browse available resources without navigating through multiple websites with disparate layouts.
Awarded through the DOJ’s Information Technology Support Services-4 contract following a competitive bid process, the project represents new work for Unisys.
The OJP uses NCJRS systems to provide program awareness and technical assistance to federal, state, local and tribal justice agencies and to provide a clearinghouse for distribution of criminal justice information.
Unisys will centralize and consolidate NCJRS web-based services to a common secure cloud platform, including infrastructure, applications, content and publishing processes, in order to reduce costs and duplicative processes. The project is designed to give citizens and justice and law enforcement workers access to information and services anywhere, anytime and on any device.
Unisys will leverage its global best practices from its Application Modernization Center of Excellence (AMCOE) to deliver innovative application services. Unisys experts will focus on building mobile apps to allow citizens and justice agencies to easily access NCJRS information via mobile devices on Windows, iOS and Android platforms.
The NCJRS contract expands on the company’s experience providing mission-critical services to the department. Last year, Unisys was selected to support the DOJ’s Consolidated Asset Tracking System, the centerpiece of the department’s Asset Forfeiture Program and the system that holds all of the data related to assets from the time they are seized by the government to when they are forfeited and auctioned off, repurposed or returned.
“Unisys’ history as a leading provider of IT support services to the Department of Justice, as well as a provider of mobile apps to government and commercial organizations, uniquely positions us to help OJP upgrade the NCJRS program,” said Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, acting president, Unisys Federal Systems. “We appreciate the opportunity to assist in this effort to make it easier for state and local justice and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. to work with the department to improve the effectiveness of their programs.”