John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act

To encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service.


Grants for this Program


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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are made directly by the Office of Justice Programs to the applicant State agency, based on results of a competitive review process conducted by the States.

Grant funds will be used by States to make repayments, on behalf of eligible beneficiaries, of loan obligations to institutions holding eligible beneficiary loans.

Direct payment of grant funds to beneficiaries is strictly prohibited.

Grant funds may be applied as repayments of eligible loans only.

See program solicitation for additional information regarding eligible beneficiaries, eligible loans, and contingent obligations of eligible beneficiaries.

Priority consideration will be given to those eligible beneficiaries who have the least ability to repay their student loans, except that a fair allocation of repayment benefits among prosecutors and public defenders, and among employing entities nationwide, will be determined.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are limited to state government agencies, designated by their Governor, and the District of Columbia, designated by the Mayor, to manage this program.

The States and the District of Columbia will make loan payments on behalf of eligible beneficiaries.

See below for eligibility information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For purposes of this program the following persons shall be considered eligible:

Prosecutor - full-time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the State or unit of local government level including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases.

Public Defender - an attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; is a full time employee of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a State or unit of local government who devotes substantially all of the employee s full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; or employed as a full-time Federal defender attorney in a defender organization pursuant to Subsection )g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases.

Credentials/Documentation

The designated agency must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including a signed certification form stating that they will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of their program, the implementation process, and a timetable for implementation. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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. BJA will post the allocation tables and a copy of the Solicitation and notify the designated State agencies that they are posted online. The State agencies will then have 60 days in which to submit an application through the online, Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS) at https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/

Award Procedures

A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the designated agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. Once copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorizing official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

42 U.S.C. 3797cc-21.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Applications will generally be approved or denied within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Contingent upon Congressional appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally awards will be for a one-year project and budget period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients are required to submit individual progress reports.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports.

To assist in fulfilling the Department s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L.103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

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

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0404-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $10,000,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Eileen M. Garry, 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 616-6500 .

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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