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New MTIBRS Repository Progress Updates

Thank you for continuing to submit your MTIBRS/NIBRS data during our move to the new MTIBRS repository. We have created this website to keep you up-to-date on our progress. The following table will give you the notices that have been sent and our best estimates of what is to come. As always, please feel free to contact any of us.

Kathy Wilkins: 406-444-4298 –
Kathy Ruppert: 406-444-2084 –
Dan Kayser: 406-444-3651 –

Production MTIBRS Online Reporting (For Law Enforcement ONLY)
Test MTIBRS Online Reporting (For Law Enforcement and RMS Vendors ONLY)

What's Coming Up:

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Work with your records management system vendors to move XML submissions for MTIBRS
Throughout 2021
NCHIP grant funds will be sent to law enforcement agencies to reimburse their vendors for successfully meeting the new MTIBRS XML standards. You can view the standards and email notification in the links below in the 12/9/2020 progress reported.
Final date for flat file submission
The last day flat file submission will be accepted.


Progress We've Made:

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NIEM/XML IEPD published
Click here for the NEW XML Specifications:

Click here to view the most recent updates to XML IEPD:

Click here to view the XML IEPD email to vendors and law enforcement, and IEPD Verification checklist: IEPD Verification.
If funded, notice of award amounts and process
If NCHIP funding is received, agencies will be notified of their award amounts. Agencies and their vendors can begin the transition to MTIBRS XML submissions.
LEAs move to XML
With or without NCHIP funding, agencies will be able to move to XML beginning in October. 
Repository open for flat file submissions
Montana will test submissions to the FBI and open the new MTIBRS repository for flat file submissions. The link to the new system will appear here.
New MTIBRS Repository training and demonstration



Your agency will be able to submit your data through the New MTIBRS Repository beginning September 15th. We’ll have a kick off training September 15, 10 am – noon. This session will be recorded and available later that day if you are not able to attend.

Click here for the recorded training, PowerPoint slides, and error reports.
MT portal open for manual online MTIBRS entry

The MTIBRS 2.0 repository online portal will be open to allow for manual entry of data meeting the newest NIBRS and Montana specific standards.  
MTIBRS Training

July 20, 21, 23 & 24
Greg Swanson, the FBI NIBRS Trainer, will provide online MTIBRS Training in Montana due to social distancing. The training will include record management vendors as well. The trainings will focus on the Montana relevant MTIBRS issues and how each vendor will modify their records management systems to meet the new Montana standards when moving to XML. Each of the sessions will cover different topics and everyone is welcome to attend all four sessions.

Click here for dates, times, and agenda topics

2020 MTIBRS Changes in a Nutshell

Training Interviews with Criminal Justice Partners for the 2020 MTIBRS Updates

Questions and Answers
NIBRS Training Save the Date Notice
Email notice to all law enforcement contact regarding the July NIBRS training.

Click here to view the email.
NCHIP 2020 Grant Received
Montana received notice of partial funding of our 2020 NCHIP application to fund records management conversion from flat to XML file format. Funds will not be available until October, however vendors will be contacted in the next two weeks to discuss time frames.

Email sent to all agencies, vendors and partners.
Grant submitted
Montana National Criminal History Improvement Program Grant Submitted. The grant requested $1.4 million in funds to assist local agencies to convert from flat to XML and to include data improvements. Funding will be announced in September 2020.
LEA responsibility for vendor estimate
Clarification on the vendor estimates and local law enforcement agency responsibility. 

New MTIBRS repository vision.
MTIBRS XML Vendor Estimates
Request for estimates from records management vendors for the conversion from flat MTIBRS submissions to the new NIEM conformant XML file format.

Email request to vendors for XML grant estimates.
Testing the new MTIBRS Optimum Repository for LEAs to submit flat files online
Testing the ability to import flat files into the new repository and verifying the new repository accurately identifies error based on NIBRS and Montana specific requirements. Previously submitted 2019 agency data files were used for testing.
New way to submit MTIBRS files temporarily –
Monthly MTIBRS files can be submitted to until further notice.

Email notice of monthly MTIBRS file submissions.
Zuercher MTIBRS Repository Expires
The former Zuercher MTIBRS repository was taken down due to a Windows 8 server issue. Monthly MTIBRS file submissions on hold until further notice.

Email notice of termination of former MTIBRS repository


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