The SMART Office was authorized in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was signed into law on July 27, 2006. The SMART Office provides jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act, and provides technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification and management of sex offenders.
July 27, 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. This legislation authorized the SMART Office and works to close gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law by establishing a federal baseline for sex offender registration and notification.
The Department of Justice is accepting applications for federally recognized tribes to participate in the Tribal Access Program (TAP), funded in part by the SMART Office, from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2021. Informational webinars will be hosted throughout the application period.
Currently, 18 states, 4 territories and 136 tribes have implemented SORNA. Visit the SORNA implementation status page to find detailed status reviews and links to jurisdictions' registries.
The Tribal Access Program (TAP) provides tribes with access to national crime information databases. To date, TAP has deployed to more than 75 tribes.
The Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative is designed to assess the state of research and practice in sex offender management.