RECOVERY ACT - EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM / GRANTS TO STATES AND T

The Recovery Act - JAG programs allow states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system.

The Recovery Act - JAG programs will solicit applications from eligible states, territories, tribes, and units of local
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government for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs related to criminal justice such as: prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).



In addition to fulfilling JAG 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.

For additional information on Office of Justice Programs Recovery Act Grant Programs, please visit the OJP website at .


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 Regional Agency Offices.

Regional or Local Office: Contact the State Administering Agency http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

P05.18
Mentoring
U02.05
Zoology



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: See program web site http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/index.html or contact the State Administering Agency http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Law enforcement programs related to criminal justice such as: prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs.

Funds may not be used to supplant State and local funds.

Additionally, not more than 10 percent of a grant made under this program may be used for costs incurred to administer such grant.

JAG funds cannot be used directly or indirectly for security enhancements or equipment for nongovernmental entities not engaged in criminal justice or public safety.

JAG funds also cannot be used directly or indirectly to provide for any of the following matters unless the Attorney General or his designee certifies that extraordinary and exigent circumstances exist, making them essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order:

• Vehicles (excluding police cruisers), vessels (excluding police boats), or aircraft (excluding police helicopters).
• Luxury items.
• Real estate.
• Construction projects (other than penal or correctional institutions).


• Any similar matters.

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

Sponsored organization: Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

U.S.

Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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 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 C.F.R., Part 66, must be used with this program.

Environmental impact information is not required 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

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs Grant Management System at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and must follow the criteria outlined in the solicitation as well as the JAG Program Guidance Manual.

Award Procedures

An award is granted by the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and must be accepted by the applicant State or Territory according to the special conditions of the grant.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, 123 Stat. 115 (the "Recovery Act"); Subpart 1 of Part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750-3758);.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The Bureau of Justice Assistance will not disapprove any application (or amendment to that application) without affording the applicant reasonable notice of any deficiencies and providing an opportunity for correction and reconsideration.

Appeals

Hearing and appeal procedures will follow 28 C.F.R., Part 18.

Renewals

No renewals are available with Recovery Act funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of formula grant awards under this program is 4 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance Measures: To fulfill the requirements of the Recovery Act and assist in fulfilling the Department s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.

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. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice"s Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must

Records

In accordance with the requirements set forth in 28 C.F.R., Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial reports and other supporting documents pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0910-1-1-754 - Treasury Symbol: 1509100402.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $1,200,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1.6 million to $225 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Recovery Act - Byrne Jag State solicitation, the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Justice Assistance Grant Program Guidance Manual, 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 C.F.R.).

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional or Local Office: Contact the State Administering Agency http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/.

Headquarters Office

Eileen Garry Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 4th Floor, State Policy Office, 810 Seventh Street NW, Washington 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500 or 1-866-859-2687

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable legal and guideline
requirements. Additionally, since 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 makes 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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