RECOVERY ACT - Internet Crimes against Children Task Force Program (ICAC)

The ICAC Task Force Program supports a national network of multiagency, multijurisdictional task forces and other projects to prevent technology facilitated child sexual exploitation with at least one task force in each of the 50 states.

The ICAC task forces provide forensic and investigative

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technical assistance to law enforcement and prosecutorial officials, as well as community education information to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with child victimization.



As provided for in Section 103 of the Protect Our Children Act of 2008 (the "Protect Act"), the ICAC task forces shall be dedicated to the following:

• increasing the investigative capabilities of state and local law enforcement officers in the detection, investigation, and apprehension of Internet crimes against children offenses or offenders, including technology-facilitated child exploitation offenses.

• conducting proactive and reactive Internet crimes against children investigations.

• providing training and technical assistance to ICAC task forces and other Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the areas of investigations, forensics, prosecution, community outreach, and capacity-building, using recognized experts to assist in the development and delivery of training programs.

• increasing the number of Internet crimes against children offenses being investigated and prosecuted in both Federal and state courts.

• creating a multiagency task force response to Internet crimes against children offenses within each state.

• enhancing nationwide responses to Internet crimes against children offenses, including assisting other ICAC task forces, as well as other Federal, state, and local agencies with Internet crimes against children investigations and prosecutions.

• developing and delivering Internet crimes against children public awareness and prevention programs.


• participating in such other activities, both proactive and reactive, that will enhance investigations and prosecutions of Internet crimes against children.

In addition to fulfilling program-specific purposes, projects funded under the Recovery Act should be designed to further one or more of the general purposes of the Recovery Act, which are to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Funded projects include state and regional task forces working on the following goals:
• engaging in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions of Internet crimes against children.

• providing forensic, preventive, and investigative assistance to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with Internet crimes against children.

• developing multijurisdictional, multiagency responses and partnerships to prevent, interdict, investigate and prosecute technology facilitated crimes against children through ongoing informational, administrative, and technological support to other state and local law enforcement agencies, as a means for such agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and specialized equipment to investigate and prosecute such offenses.

• participating in nationally coordinated investigations in any case in which the Attorney General determines such participation to be necessary, as permitted by the available resources of such task force.

• establishing or adopting investigative and prosecution standards, consistent with established norms, to which such task force shall comply.

• investigating tips related to Internet crimes against children, and seeking prosecution, as appropriate, including tips from Operation Fairplay, the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System (established in section 105 of the Act), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children"s CyberTipline, ICAC task forces, and other Federal, state, and local agencies, with priority to investigative leads that indicate the possibility of identifying or rescuing child victims, including investigative leads that indicate a likelihood of a serious offense or danger to the community.

• developing procedures for handling seized evidence.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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

Fiscal Year 2008: The ICAC Task Force Program has been working to protect American children since 1998. The ICAC program is a national network of fifty-nine coordinated task forces representing over 2,000 federal, State and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions. By helping state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective and sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography, OJJDP and the ICAC program have built capacity at the local level to address ICAC related offences.

• Since the program s inception in 1998, the ICAC Task Forces have reviewed over 100,000 complaints of alleged child sexual victimization resulting in the arrest of over 13,500 individuals.

• In fiscal year 2007, ICAC investigations led to more than 2,400 arrests, over 10,500 forensic examinations, and the identification of nearly 400 children who were victims of some form of abuse and neglect.

• In fiscal year 2008, the ICACs arrested over 3,000 individuals. Over one-third of those arrests (1,109) resulted in the acceptance of a plea agreement by the defendant in lieu of a trial.

• In fiscal year 2007, the ICAC program trained over 20,000 law enforcement personnel and nearly 1,700 prosecutors. In fiscal year 2008, the number of trained law enforcement personnel increased to over 26,500, while an additional 2,219 prosecutors were trained.

• Since the ICAC program s inception in 1998, nearly 100,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other professionals have been trained throughout the United States and in 17 countries around the world on techniques to investigative and effectively prosecute ICAC related cases. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Administrator is authorized to make grants to and enter into contracts with public agencies or private nonprofit organizations, or combinations thereof, for research, demonstration projects, or other purposes designed to support the state and regional ICAC task forces in order to prevent, interdict, investigate, and prosecute technology-facilitated child exploitation and Internet crimes against children.

To the extent (if any) that this Recovery Act program permits recipients to use funds for construction, renovation, or related projects, the recipient should be aware that special restrictions may be applicable under particular sections of the Recovery Act.

For example, see section 1605 of the Recovery Act (Buy American), section 1606 (wage rate requirements), section 1602 (preference for quick-start activities), and section 1554 (special contracting rules).

Recipients should also be aware of the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.



Under the Recovery Act, funds may not be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.

Additional government-wide guidance that applies to Recovery Act programs may become available that could affect proposal narratives, time lines, budget requests, certifications and other matters including appropriate uses of funds and restrictions on uses of funds.

Interested applicants are encouraged to regularly check the OJP website for further information and updates.

All recipients of any funding under the Recovery Act will be required to follow any and all applicable provisions of government-wide guidance that may be issued pursuant to the Recovery Act, even if that guidance is not reflected in this CFDA posting.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Government - General: Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans)

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments and, if an ICAC task force makes a sub-award to a non-profit organization, A-122 for nonprofit organizations. 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. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and must follow established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

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.

An environmental impact statement is required for construction proposed under this program.

Award Procedures

Successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ICAC Initiatives) Public Law No. 111-5; 42 U.S.C. .17601 - 42 U.S.C .17617; Title I, Section 102 of the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, Public Law 110-40.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. From 1 to 6 months.

Appeals

See 28 CFR Part 18.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Percent: 25.%. A match is not required for general operation of the ICAC Formula. However, if funds are distributed under Section 106(2)(A) of the Protect Act after funds have otherwise been made available to satisfy the formula awards, then a 25 percent match of the additional distribution is required. If match is required, the Attorney General may waive, in whole or in part, the match requirement if the state or local ICAC task force demonstrates good cause or financial hardship. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards will be made for 12 to 36 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Awardees are required by the OJP Financial Guide to report financial, subgrant, and other data on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and/or annual basis.

Awardees are also required to comply with the reporting requirements contained in the Protect Act.

Reporting guidelines are determined by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and communicated to awardees.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Additionally, pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports (including complete performance measure data) are required to be submitted by each recipient of funds to OJP within 10 calendar days of the end of each calendar quarter, throughout the life of the grant.

Reports should be submitted beginning July 10, 2009.

Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department s 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.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Effective 6/30/2004, all organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee"s fiscal yea

Records

Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds. Although Recovery Act funds may be used in conjunction with other funding as necessary to complete projects, tracking and reporting of Recovery Act funds must be separate, to meet the reporting and other requirements of the Recovery Act and other applicable law. There can be no commingling of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0402-1-1-754 - Treasury Symbol: 1509100402.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $50,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Recovery Act - ICAC Task Force solicitation, the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 CFR.).

Additional government-wide guidance pertinent to Recovery Act programs is available on Recovery.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Ron C. Laney Child Protection Division
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 7th Street NW, Washington 20531 Phone: 202-616-3637

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

This is a formula grant program; there is no discretionary selection by OJP of the principal recipients of this funding. To the extent that a formula grant recipient make discretionary sub-awards, in addition to its own requirements, and those requirements identified in the program solicitation, the recipient should consider including factors related to the purposes of the Recovery Act as a part of the selection process for sub-awardees. Such factors might include-

(1) Project objectives that are linked to meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act, and the likelihood of achieving such outcomes, such as job creation and preservation.

(2) Activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, and in a manner that maximizes job creation and economic benefit.

(3) Sound financial systems and procedures that can track and report funds separately and in a clear, accurate, and timely manner.



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