TO: NIJ Compliance Testing Program Stakeholders
FROM: Mark Greene, Technology and Standards Division Director
RE: NIJ CTP Transition
DATE: May 30, 2019

This correspondence is to inform you of some changes regarding the operation of the National Institute of Justice Compliance Testing Program (NIJ CTP).  Through a cooperative agreement with NIJ, Leidos Innovations Corporation has operated the NIJ CTP at their location in Gaithersburg, MD.  NIJ recently entered into a new cooperative agreement with RTI International, which will be assuming operation of the NIJ CTP at their location in Raleigh, NC.

This transition will occur during the summer of 2019.  Regular NIJ CTP operations will temporarily be suspended from Monday, June 17, 2019 until Friday, August 16, 2019 to allow for the physical move of the program and personnel from Gaithersburg to Raleigh.  NIJ expects that the current NIJ CTP staff will continue with the program and will be moving from Leidos to RTI, which will ensure continuity between the outgoing and incoming organizations operating the NIJ CTP.  Regular NIJ CTP operations will resume on Monday, August 19, 2019.

Please keep the following key dates in mind:

Friday, June 14, 2019

  • This is the last day that applicants participating in the Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor CTP (NIJ Standard-0101.06) will be able to obtain a Test ID for new models for Type Testing.  No further requests for Test IDs will be issued until regular NIJ CTP operations resume.
  • This is the last day that test samples submitted by manufacturers participating in the Stab-Resistant Body Armor CTP (NIJ Standard-0115.00) will be accepted at the Gaithersburg facility. Due to the physical relocation of CTP operations, please do not send any test samples to the Gaithersburg facility after June 14.  Any armor received after June 14 date will be held and not processed for testing until regular NIJ CTP operations resume.
  • This is the last day that Follow-up Testing and Inspection (FIT) orders will be issued until regular NIJ CTP operations resume. 
  • If you would like to submit a pistol model for testing, please contact the NIJ CTP prior to June 14 to discuss your submission.

Monday, June 17 – Friday, August 16

  • During this time, items in the compliance testing process (0101.06, 0115.00) as of June 14 will continue through the testing process at NIJ-approved test laboratories.  However, on completion of testing, items will be held at the laboratories until such time as the physical move of the NIJ CTP has been completed and the new NIJ CTP is fully operational to accept items for post-test examination and processing.  NIJ-approved test laboratories will receive separate instructions at an appropriate time in the transition process regarding the resumption of transmission of test reports and samples to the NIJ CTP.
  • 0101.06 FIT in process by Intertek (inspection body) by June 14 will continue through the FIT evaluation process.  No new FIT inspection orders will be issued by the NIJ CTP during the transition period.  NIJ-approved test laboratories conducting FIT evaluations will be provided with separate instructions on how to handle FIT results during the transition period.  NIJ-approved laboratories that are conducting FIT evaluations are requested to hold samples and FIT reports until regular NIJ CTP operations resume.
  • Additionally, as IT and other communication systems (e.g., phone, fax, and email) are being moved, there will be interruptions in regular communication capability with NIJ CTP staff.  Further correspondence following this one will be provided to stakeholders during the transition period with new contact information for NIJ CTP staff.
  • The Compliant Products List (CPL) will remain publicly available; however, the NIJ CTP does not expect to update the CPL during the transition period.

Monday, August 19

  • Regular NIJ CTP operations resume in Raleigh, NC.

During this transition period, we appreciate your patience and cooperation, and ask that you do not attempt to contact the NIJ CTP staff for status updates on either the program or specific models of equipment in process, as this will only further divert resources away from the efficient completion of the transition efforts.  We are committed to providing you with periodic updates throughout the process to keep you informed on the progress of this transition.

We understand that this transition and the resulting interruptions in program operation may create concerns for stakeholders. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any specific concerns that you may have on a case-by-case basis, but in general, we ask for and appreciate your understanding of the unique circumstances that this transition presents for both NIJ and NIJ CTP staff.  We are eagerly looking forward to continuing to provide the important testing services that help inform the criminal justice community.

As always, we appreciate your continued interest and participation in NIJ’s voluntary compliance testing program, and we look forward to working with all stakeholders during this transition and beyond.

Sincerely,

Mark Greene, Ph.D.
Technology and Standards Division Director
Office of Research, Evaluation and Technology
National Institute of Justice