Joint Law Enforcement Operations (JLEO)

The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program (the Program) is a Federal law enforcement initiative that removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deprives wrongdoers of the proceeds of their crimes, recovers property that may be used to compensate victims, and deters crime.

Section
524(c)(1)(I)of title 28, United States Code, states that the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF) may be used for payment of overtime salaries, travel, fuel, training, equipment, and other similar costs of State or local law enforcement officers that are incurred in a joint law enforcement operation with a Federal law enforcement agency participating in the Assets Forfeiture Fund.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under the statues enacted by Congress, the primary function of the AFF is to fund the operations of the federal forfeiture program, including victim compensation payments and equitable sharing.

Congress has enabled the Department to use remaining funds in various ways to support federal law enforcement activities.

As available, DOJ makes funding available for State and local cost incurred in joint law in joint law enforcement operations.

Use of the AFF for State and local law enforcement operation is neither appropriate nor available in every situation where State and local law enforcement is seeking operational funding.

Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF) may be used for payment of overtime salaries, travel, fuel, training, equipment, and other similar costs of State or local law enforcement officers that are incurred in a joint law enforcement operation with a Federal law enforcement agency participating in the Assets Forfeiture Fund.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A state or local law enforcement agency must be part of a joint law enforcement operation with a Federal law enforcement agency participating in the AFF.

The AFF may reimburse only those expenses authorized by the statute within Department policy.

The statute does not authorize the payment of basic salaries of state or local officers, either directly or indirectly.

Beneficiary Eligibility

To be eligible for reimbursement from the AFF, the costs must be incurred in direct support of the joint law enforcement operation under an existing pre-approved agreement that is in effect for the period the eligible costs are incurred.

Credentials/Documentation

No request or reimbursement including terms negotiated in a task force or other agreement is final until approved by the designated federal official with JLEO funding authority. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Under agreement approved by the designated federal official with JLEO funding authority, in effect during the period which the eligible costs are incurred in direct support of the joint law enforcement operation.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, 28 U.S.C 524(c)(1)(I).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Generally from 60 to 90 days after submission of eligible expenses under authorized JLEO agreements, however, longer periods may be required in complex cases.

Appeals

The exercise of this authority is discretionary and limited by statute. It is not subject to appeal or court review.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is provided under agreement and must be expended within the fiscal year awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As a prerequisite to participating in the Department of Justice JLEO and Equitable Sharing Programs, a state or local law enforcement agency must annually submit to AFMLS a signed Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification form.

The agreement must be signed by the head of the law enforcement agency and a designated official of the governing body.

By signing the Affidavit, the signatories agree to be bound by the statutes and guidelines that regulate the Program and certify that the law enforcement agency will comply with these guidelines and statutes.

JLEO costs incurred in direct support of the joint law enforcement operation must be reported to the sponsoring Federal Agency under the JLEO agreement.

As a prerequisite to participating in the Department of Justice JLEO and Equitable Sharing Programs, a state or local law enforcement agency must annually submit to AFMLS a signed Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification form.

Progress reports may be required as requested by AFMLS or other authorities with program oversight responsibilities.

JLEO costs incurred in direct support of the joint law enforcement operation must be reported to the sponsoring Federal Agency under the JLEO agreement.

As a prerequisite to participating in the Department of Justice JLEO and Equitable Sharing Programs, a state or local law enforcement agency must annually submit to AFMLS a signed Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification form.

State and local law enforcement agencies must submit this form within 60 days after the end of an agency s fiscal year, regardless of whether funds were received or maintained during the fiscal year.

The report must be completed electronically and emailed to aca.submit@usdoj.gov.

Audits

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

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, and all other records pertinent to equitable sharing and JLEO shall be retained for a period of 5 years following the conclusion of Federal assistance.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-5042-0-0-000.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $140,000,000; FY 13 est $154,000,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

NOT APPLICABLE.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guide to Equitable Sharing for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Guidance on Use of the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF) to Pay State and Local Law Enforcement Officer Overtime and Other Costs In Joint Law Enforcement Operations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Gene Patton 1400 New York Avenue, NW
2nd Floor, Washington , District of Columbia 20005 Email: afmls.aca@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-514-1263

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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