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Submitting Substantial Implementation Materials to the SMART Office

In order for the SMART Office to determine whether a SORNA jurisdiction has "substantially implemented" the minimum requirements of SORNA, the jurisdiction must submit an implementation package to the SMART Office for review. The SMART Office Senior Policy Advisor assigned to the review must be able to contact a designee from the jurisdiction who can answer questions, complete omissions and make corrections to the submission. Contact information for this designee should be included with the submission.

Format for Substantial Implementation Submission

A complete substantial implementation package will require the submission of many documents. We recommend that this information come in a binder with a table of contents referencing the materials included. Further, the Substantial Implementation Checklist should be included with references to where in the binder or specific section a component can be found. If possible, submitting statutes, codes, policy and procedures manuals, and forms electronically (on disc, thumb drive or via email) is helpful for quickly relaying comments. The Package should be addressed to:

Luis C.deBaca
Director
SMART Office
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531

Pursuant to 127 of the Adam Walsh Act, designated federally recognized Indian tribes were entitled to elect to become SORNA registration and notification jurisdictions or to delegate the responsibility to the state in which they are located. As of December 2010, 192 federally recognized Indian tribes have elected to be SORNA registration and notification jurisdictions. If a state has a tribe or tribes located within its boundaries that have elected to implement SORNA, the SMART Office also requests that these states submit the following information:

  • An explanation of working relationship with SORNA tribes
  • The name and contact information of the tribal point of contact for the State
  • Any information sharing arrangements, including DNA, Fingerprints, NCIC, Criminal History, and Corrections Information
  • Any Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or Cooperative Agreements

For those federally recognized Indian tribes have elected to be SORNA registration and notification jurisdictions, the SMART Office also requests that these tribes submit the following information:

  • An explanation of working relationship with State(s) in which the tribe is located
  • The name and contact information of the State point of contact for the tribe
  • Any information sharing arrangements, including DNA, Fingerprints, NCIC, Criminal History, and Corrections Information
  • Any Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or Cooperative Agreements

Further guidance for Indian Tribes on submitting materials to the SMART Office.

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