ATF – NIBIN

National Integrated Ballistic Information Network

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Leadership intends to strengthen its Crime Gun Intelligence (CGI) initiative and recognizes that the first important step is to address critical gaps that currently exist within the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). The Bureau believes that this initiative would be best accomplished through the creation and implementation of a long-term Strategic Business Plan (SBP).

ATF selected the Interact Business Group Corporation, to develop the SBP. This plan will serve as a long-term roadmap, guiding ATF leaders, NIBIN partner site personnel, and law enforcement personnel so that they can collectively identify and employ best practices to achieve optimal NIBIN and CGI outcomes.

Today, NIBIN is a major law enforcement network, like others operated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), and the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). NIBIN is a unique national system for ballistics imaging; it is the only nationally-integrated system that enables the capture and comparison of cartridge cases to aid in solving violent crimes involving firearms. Currently, the NIBIN database has over 2.4 million ballistic images.

IBG and ATF agree that four critical steps are essential to the success of NIBIN:

  1. Comprehensive Collection of Evidence
  2. Timely Turnaround
  3. Follow-Up
  4. Feedback Loop

At the direction of ATF, IBG focused its efforts on the following tasks:

  1. Overview of NIBIN and Current Conditions – IBG examined previous technical evaluations and research executed in association with the NIBIN program. In addition, IBG conducted numerous interviews with several ATF Field Operations staff and staff at ATF headquarters in Washington, D.C. IBG also conducted site visits at 12 NIBIN partner sites throughout the country.
  2. Development of a Strategic Business Plan Strategy – IBG identified Five Essential Changes to take NIBIN into a new phase of partnership, participation, and performance. The essential changes will lead to a rebranding of NIBIN with a new moniker: “NIBIN2.0”
  3. Scheduling, Planning, Budget, and Implementation – IBG has identified a timeline, staffing plan, and budget for implementing the Five Essential Changes.

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