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In November 2003, DOJ directed the FBI to revise its NICS procedures to include measures to screen prospective firearms transferees and permittees against terrorist watch list records (KST, formerly VGTOF).
To be included in the VGTOF, terrorist groups and gangs must meet the definitions ascribed to them by NCIC.(3) Similarly, individuals must meet certain criteria, which positively identify them as members of a terrorist group or gang.(4) After verifying and documenting that these conditions have been met, law enforcement agencies can enter the appropriate data into the VGTOF.
For this reason, the VGTOF will accept numerous records for groups sharing the same name.
Because details such as these are vital to officer safety, agencies entering data into the VGTOF should "pack the record" with as much pertinent information as possible.
Agencies entering data into the VGTOF must update the records they establish and delete any information that is no longer valid.
The VGTOF currently contains entries for 445 groups and 180 individuals.
terrorists (KST)" by splitting VGTOF into separate gang and
(36) In January 2005, GAO reported that in a five month period--February 3, 2004 through June 30, 2004--NICS checks resulted in an estimated 650 terrorist-related record hits in VGTOF. Of these, 44 were found to be valid.
Protocols have been established for state and local law enforcement to cover the eventuality that a positive NCIC VGTOF hit indicates that they have encountered a known or suspected terrorist.
Hot files would include lookouts on suspected and known terrorists, which are included in the Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File (VGTOF).
Marshal Service's want and warrants file and the VGTOF, but full criminal background history checks are only performed when travelers are diverted into secondary inspections for certain irregularities or suspicious behavior.
Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program VGTOF Violent Crime and Terrorist Organization Fil Table 1.
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