Nationwide Automated Victim Information and Notification System
Computer automation provides a means to integrate federal investigative, prosecutorial, and corrections components with the victim notification requirements specified in the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. 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 to develop and implement a nationwide automated victim information and notification system (VNS) for the federal program. The system provides consistent information and reduces the time and resources necessary to notify victims of key case events. A pilot test of the system in Fiscal Year 2001 produced favorable results. VNS is operational. As of early July 2005, the database was populated with 492,721 victims in pending FBI cases; 222,938 victims with the United States Postal Service; and 149,535 victims in cases referred to the U.S. Attorney's Office by federal, state, and local agencies.