Federal Resource Protection

The Secretary of the Interior, in connection with Federal resource protection and administration of the use and occupancy of lands and waters within a Department of the Interior water resource development project, is authorized to cooperate with regulatory and law enforcement officials of any State or
State political subdivision in the enforcement of the laws or ordinances of that State or political subdivision.
Examples of Funded Projects

Law enforcement activities at Canyon Ferry Dam and Reservoir, Colorado Big Thompson Facilities, Pueblo Dam, Brantley Reservoir, and Flaming Gorge Dam and Related buildings and grounds.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Website Address

http://www.usbr.gov



Program Accomplishments

Law enforcement activities at Bureau of Reclamation dams, reservoirs, water projects, and associated buildings and grounds. Information is not currently available on the number of future funding opportunity announcements.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awarded projects are limited to the enforcement of State, or political subdivision, laws and ordinances on water resource development projects within the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior.

Payment for recipient expenses is limited to the reimbursement method.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Regulatory and law enforcement agencies of any State or political subdivision thereof.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must have authority to enforce the laws or ordinances of their State or political subdivision.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified Federal experts in the law enforcement and security areas. Applications will be reviewed by the Bureau of Reclamation Law Enforcement Administrator against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, his designee, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.

Deadlines

Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on www.grants.gov.

Authorization

Cooperation of the Secretary of the Interior with State and Local Regulatory and Law Enforcement Officials, Public Law 98-552, 42 U.S.C. 1962d-19.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements are typically awarded for one year, and may include up to four annual renewals. Funding is restricted to the reimbursement method, but there is no restriction on how frequently reimbursement may be requested.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Reports, (2) SF-272 Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and (3) Program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Report, (2) final program performance report, and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0680-0-1-301.

Obigations

FY 07 $628,843; FY 08 not separately identifiable; and FY 09 not separately identifiable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $5,276 - $800,000; Average $69,655.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1; OMB Circulars, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_circulars.html. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Mr. Vincent Parolisi, Chief of Law Enforcement, Telephone: (303) 445-3245.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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