This Manual is issued under the authority of DoD Directive 7730.47, "Defense Incident-Based Reporting System (DIBRS)," October 15, 1996. It prescribes procedures for submission of information about criminal and specifically identified "high interest" incidents from occurrence through final disposition, using automated data from law enforcement and criminal investigations, flowing through prosecutions and corrections. The purpose of this Manual is to standardize and institutionalize data submissions for criminal and "high interest" incident-related information required by OSD. Currently, several requirements for the submission of criminal and "high interest" information exist. Multiple submission requirements necessitate extensive coordination among the DoD Components to obtain reliable information that can be aggregated for DoD-wide use. The file formats specified in this Manual are intended both to replace most existing and ad hoc data calls for overall law enforcement data and to satisfy congressionally mandated requirements of the Uniform Federal Crime Reporting Act (28 U.S.C. 534), the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, and statistical reporting requirements of the Victim Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C.10601 et seq.).