Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

Tribal Access Program Application Period for FY ’20: September 1 to October 31, 2019

TAP will be accepting applications from September 1 through October 31, 2019.


Use this worksheet to see if your Tribe has a need for access to FBI CJIS databases that TAP could fill prior to actually applying.

TAP is funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Tribes must use TAP to support criminal justice purposes such as: law enforcement efforts in Indian country; sex offender registries authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act; and assist in providing services to victims of crime.

Requirements for Participation in TAP

To participate in TAP, federally recognized Tribes must apply and be selected. TAP usually accepts applications once a year; please check the TAP website for current information on the application dates.Tribes must agree to comply with and adhere to auditing and policy requirements, personnel and physicalrequirements, and technical security requirements applied to all agencies when accessing nation crime information systems. Tribes decide which agencies will participate in TAP and must designate a Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for each participating agency who is responsible for pre-deployment and postdeployment activities. Participation in TAP also requires the approval of Tribal leadership.

Tribes must provide high-speed Internet access and pay any FBI CJIS User Fees associated with fingerprint-based and name-based checks for noncriminal justice purposes, executing a user fee Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FBI CJIS to pay those fees. Additionally, Tribal governments must make legislative or policy determinations that provide guidance to courts and law enforcement about what Tribal data is shared.