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Nationwide Automated Victim Information and Notification System

Computer automation provides a means for federal investigative, prosecutorial, and corrections components to be integrated with the victim notification requirements specified in the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance (AG Guidelines). Money allocated from the Crime Victims Fund has been used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to develop and implement a nationwide automated victim information and notification system (VNS) for the federal program. The system is intended to provide consistent information and reduce the amount of time and resources necessary to notify victims of key case events. A pilot test of the system in Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 produced favorable results. VNS is operational and, as of the end of FY 2002, the database was populated with about 21,300 active FBI cases; 16,200 active U.S. Attorney's Office cases; 19,900 active BOP subjects; and 178,800 active victim listings.

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