State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training

To provide delivery of specialized, multi-agency anti-terrorism preparedness training.

This training, along with related research, law enforcement intelligence, operational issues development, and technical assistance support activities, is delivered to state and local law enforcement and prosecution
authorities.

While state and local law enforcement preparation and readiness issues addressed in this project are tailored to interventions in domestic terrorism, major portions of the program's preparedness and operational readiness outcomes are equally applicable to any terrorist threat or incident whether domestically or internationally inspired.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Anti-terrorist preparedness training, anti-terrorist research, operational issues development, and technical assistance support activities.


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.

Website Address

www.usdoj.gov/bja



Program Accomplishments

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) coordinated curriculum development activities, secured appropriate facilities for training delivery, and delivered training through the Center for Task Force Training, SLATT Project. SLATT conducted a total of 50 workshops, training sessions, and focus groups with 7600 line officers and 586 law enforcement executive officers trained.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant program funds are intended to: (1) provide state and local law enforcement (including prosecution authorities) a general awareness and working knowledge of domestic terrorist and "political" extremist movements; (2) disseminate information relating to vital elements of law enforcement anti-terrorism preparedness and readiness; (3) provide a general planning orientation to State and local law enforcement pertaining to crisis and consequence management and incident command, including essential elements requisite to conducting criminal investigations and prosecutions of terrorist threats and incidents; and 4) maintain and enhance a domestic terrorism public source database.

Standard restrictions as outlined in OJP's Financial Guide apply.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For-profit (commercial) organizations; nonprofit organizations; faith-based and community organizations; institutions of higher education; and consortiums with significant and demonstrated experience in terror prevention strategies and in delivering training and technical assistance to law enforcement and tribal communities are eligible to apply.

For-profit organizations must agree to waive any profit or fees for services.

Joint applications from a consortium must identify the primary applicant and co-applicant(s), and letters of support that outline the partners' responsibilities must be provided.

Faith-Based and other community organizations consistent with President George W.

Bush's Executive Order 13279, dated December 12, 2002, and 28 C.F.R.

Part 38.

It is DOJs policy that faith-based and other community organizations that statutorily qualify as eligible applicants under DOJ programs are invited and encouraged to apply for assistance awards to fund eligible grant activities.

Faith-based and other community organizations will be considered for awards on the same basis as other eligible applicants and, if they receive assistance awards, will be treated on an equal basis with all other grantees in the administration of such awards.

No eligible applicant or grantee will be discriminated for or against on the basis of its religious character or affiliation, religious name, or the religious composition of its board of directors or persons working in the organization.

Faith-based organizations receiving DOJ assistance awards retain their independence and do not lose or have to modify their religious identity (e.g., removing religious symbols) to receive assistance awards.

DOJ grant funds, however, may not be used to fund any inherently religious activity, such as prayer or worship.

Inherently religious activity is permissible, although it cannot occur during an activity funded with DOJ grant funds; rather, such religious activity must be separate in time or place from the DOJ-funded program.

Further, participation in such activity by individuals receiving services must be voluntary.

Programs funded by DOJ are not permitted to discriminate in the provision of services on the basis of a beneficiary's religion.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local criminal justice agencies are the primary beneficiaries of this program.

Credentials/Documentation

All applicants are required to submit an 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 his or her respective State 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 applicant must follow the instructions pertinent to completing the SF-424, and the financial conditions prescribed in the OJP Financial Guide, and submit a fully executed application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 7th Street, NW., Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20531. Complete instructions can be found at www.grants.gov. If you experience difficulties at any point during this process, please call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline. Telephone: 1-800-518-4726.

Award Procedures

BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP, award letters and award documents are sent to the grantee. One copy of the grant award must be signed by a duly authorized representative and returned to BJA.

Deadlines

The applicant must submit the application at such time as to enable program continuation without interruption, allowing for a 90-day application processing period, and not later than 90 days prior to the end of the current fiscal year.

Authorization

Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, Section 822; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, P.L. 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 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 within 60 days.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The project is awarded at 100 percent of project costs; 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 awarded under this program are articulated in the OJP Financial Guide.

Audits

Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the General Accounting Office, 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.

Records

Recipients of Federal funds must retain all project related documentation for 3 years from the date of the final financial status report unless an audit has been initiated or an unresolved audit finding remains. This is in accordance with Federal retention requirements to ensure the availability of complete information should an audit be conducted.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0401-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $0; FY 08 $2,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

One cooperative agreement for up to $4.75 million will be awarded for a project period of 12 months.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Financial Guide, Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Comptroller.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Contact: Michael Medaris, Senior Policy Advisor. Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687; or E-mail: AskBJA@usdoj.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications received by BJA are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.



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