The department is requesting funds to implement improvements to the current Offender Database Systems (OBIS), including rewriting the Computer Assisted Reception Process (CARP) system and move it to a more stable data base architecture. The CARP service is currently running on difficult to support equipment and software. Spare parts are becoming more difficult to locate, the database software is three(3) versions behind and is currently running on a separate communication protocol (DECNet) instead of the industry standard (TCP/IP). The latter concern results in additional network costs.
Reception processing must continue even if the network is down; therefore the system must include local processing and storage with batch uploads. The above statements are based on professional judgment and assume a phased project covering three fiscal years. The costs and strategies are subject to change based on the results of a legislatively mandated feasibility study. Based on this information the final request amount is pending the outcome of the study and therefore be considered to be a multi-year project requiring additional appropriation in subsequent fiscal years.