Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $251,950)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in developing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support substantial implementation of Title I of the AWA, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration of those offenders.
To comply with SORNA requirements, the State of Iowa will use grant funding to operate a more efficient Sex Offender Registry (SOR) by reducing the time it takes to get registration from the registering agencies, giving partners access to all registered documents in a timely and convenient manner, decreasing the time period between when a false address is given by a registrant and when it is recognized as false, identifying when registrants have registered a valid address, locating violators in a timely manner, providing educational information to the public concerning the SOR and sex offenders, and conducting numerous training sessions to law enforcement and corrections partners on Iowa and SORNA requirements. During the funding period the project manager will enforce the move of technical pieces forward as well as keep key headquarters staff updated on changes and provide information to technical staff, the vendor and the state agency which manages the public website. Training staff will continue to train throughout the state and will plan and host an annual training symposium to bring all partners together for a large training period. Special Agents will have access to mobile technology, and the headquarters staff will have access to the most up to date information needed to track and verify the correct address of sex offenders.