State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers

To provide financial and technical assistance to State governments for the establishment and operation of Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) to collect, analyze, and disseminate justice statistics.

Examples of Funded Projects

Establishment of State statistical analysis centers; continued support of State-level statistical analysis centers; support for States to provide data for national reporting, and support for projects covered by SJS themes.


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

There were 46 cooperative agreements awarded in fiscal year 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To improve the administration of justice by encouraging the development of State-level capabilities for collecting, analyzing, utilizing, and disseminating statistical information pertaining to crime, criminal justice, sex offenses, incident based reporting, and for providing statistical information to the Federal Government for national compilations.

To analyze particular criminal justice issues of current concern and significance to criminal justice practitioners, as identified by BJS in conjunction with other Office of Justice Programs components, the Justice Research and Statistics Association, and selected SAC Directors.

Further information is available in the "State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers: Program Application Guidelines, 2008.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are State agencies whose responsibilities include statistical activities consistent with the goals of the specific programs and are designated as the State Statistical Analysis Center through an Executive Order or legislation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible beneficiaries are State agencies whose responsibilities include statistical activities consistent with the goals of the specific programs.

Credentials/Documentation

The applicant must furnish, along with the application for an award, details of the program budget composition, goals, impact, methods, evaluation plan, and resources of the project. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A potential grantee should contact the Headquarters Office, Stephanie L.

Burroughs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S.

Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531.

Telephone: (202) 514-9012 or email Stephanie.Burroughs@usdoj.gov.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), in accordance with 28, CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) now requires that funding applications be submitted electronically through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS), which will be accessed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm.

Award Procedures

An award is granted by the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and must be accepted by the applicant agency or institution according to the special conditions of the grant or cooperative agreement.

Deadlines

Contact the Headquarters Office, Stephanie L. Burroughs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 514-9012. Email: Stephanie.Burroughs@usdoj.gov.

Authorization

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 3731-3732.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 2 to 3 months.

Appeals

Hearing by Director.

Renewals

Most awards are for periods of 12 months. Under some circumstances, a subsequent award may be made to continue the project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

There is no statutory requirement for matching funds. For most programs, however, provision of cash or in-kind match by the recipient is encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration period is generally 12 months. There are three methods for requesting payment of grant funds: the Letter of Credit Electronic Certification System (LOCES), the Phone Activated Paperless Request System (PAPRS) and the Automated Standard Application for Payment (ASAP).

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements include: financial Status Reports containing the actual expenditures for the reporting period and cumulative for the award to be submitted quarterly online through GMS: and Progress Reports presenting information relevant to the performance of the project to be submitted online through GMS for reporting periods June 30 and December 31.

Audits

Nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in Federal funds (from all sources including pass through sub awards) in theorganizational fiscal year (12 month turn around reporting period) shall have a single organizational audit conducted in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from audit requirements for that year.

Records

In accordance with the requirements set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award shall be retained by each organization for at least three years following the closure of the most recent audit report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0401-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $34,552,980; FY 08 $34,780,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Stephanie L. Burroughs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 514-9012. Email: Stephanie.Burroughs@usdoj.gov. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the program announcement.



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