Regional Information Sharing Systems

To enhance the ability of the state and local criminal justice agencies to identify, target, and remove criminal conspiracies and activities that span jurisdictional boundaries.

The first objective of the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program (RISS) is to encourage and facilitate the rapid
exchange and sharing of information among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies pertaining to known or suspected terrorist, or criminal activity.

The second objective is to enhance coordination and communication among agencies that are in pursuit of criminal conspiracies determined to be interjurisdictional in nature.

In addition, the RISS Program may provide technical and financial resources to member agencies, such as specialized equipment, training, and investigative funds, to augment existing multijurisdictional enforcement resources and operations.


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.

Office - See http://www.iir.com/riss/ for the six regions.


Program Accomplishments

See web site for current information. Regional Information Sharing Systems: http://www.rissinfo.com/ RISS/ATIX: http://www.rissinfo.com/rissatix.htm http://www.iir.com/riss/.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Up to 100 percent of total project grant costs are funded through Federal assistance.

Cost-sharing is governed by Appropriation Act requirements.

However, projects are encouraged to obtain and utilize additional funds through voluntary contributions, membership fees or dues, fees for service, or other sources from member agencies or governmental units benefiting from project services.

Such funds will be considered program income and must be used to augment project operations or to reduce the Federal share of project costs.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Six RISS projects are authorized as eligible to receive funding to provide services to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.

The projects are: The Middle Atlantic Great-Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Center (MAGLOCLEN), the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), and the Western States Information Network (WSIN).

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local criminal justice agencies; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and personnel benefit from this program.

Credentials/Documentation

The six RISS projects are required to submit a Federal application for assistance, as well as a detailed program and budget narrative.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 their respective states for more information on the process the state requires to be followed in applying for assistance.

The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

The standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by the Common Rule, must be used for this program.

Award Procedures

BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.

Deadlines

Contact the Bureau of Justice Assistance for application deadlines.

Authorization

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Public Law 90-351; 42 U.S.C. 3796h.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 90 days prior to the expiration of the project's current active grant.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

A project must submit a written request justifying the need for the extension and how the extension would be consistent with the objectives of the grant 60 days prior to the expiration of the current grant.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Projects are awarded 100 percent of the project costs and no match is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for a period of 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements for grants/projects awarded under the RISS Program are articulated in the OJP Financial Guide, as well as the Funding and Administration Guidelines of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program Guide.

Audits

Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the General Accounting Office, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control. 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. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Records

Recipients of Federal funds are expected to retain documentation supporting all program transactions for at least 3 years after the closure of audit reports related to such funding. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all related issues, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0401-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $39,719,145; FY 08 $40,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25 million to be divided among the six RISS projects. (Note: May want to tie this dollar amount to a specific fiscal year since amount will fluctuate from year-to-year).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Financial Guide, Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Comptroller; BJA's Funding and Administration Guidelines of the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program, and The Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies (28 CFR Part 23).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See http://www.iir.com/riss/ for the six regions.

Headquarters Office

Patrick McCreary, Assoc. Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Fourth Floor, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or the Justice Response Center, (1-800) 421-6770.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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