Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: Not applicable.
Fiscal Year 2014: Not applicable.
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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used to acquire laboratory supplies for DNA analysis of biological evidence; pay overtime for people directly engaged in case review, location of evidence, or DNA analysis of biological evidence; to hire consultants and/or temporary contract staff to conduct case reviews, locate evidence, or conduct DNA analysis of biological evidence; for contracts with accredited fee-for-service vendors to conduct DNA analysis of biological evidence; to upgrade, replace, lease, or purchase computer hardware or software that will be used exclusively for case review, location of evidence, or DNA analysis of biological evidence; for salaries and benefits of additional full- or part-time employees to the extent such employees are directly engaged in case review, location of evidence, or DNA analysis of biological evidence; and, in limited cases, for "case identification" activities.
Funds may not be used for salaries and benefits for victim advocacy services; laboratory equipment; construction; renovation; and outreach and initial screening activities not included in "case identification.".
To be eligible for an award, a State must submit an express certification from the chief legal officer of the State (typically the Attorney General) that the State-1. Provides postconviction DNA testing of specified biological evidence under a State statute, or under State rules, regulations, or practices, to persons convicted after trial and under a sentence of imprisonment or death for a State offense of murder or forcible rape, in a manner intended to ensure a reasonable process for resolving claims of actual innocence. 2. Preserves biological evidence secured in relation to the investigation or prosecution of a State offense of murder or forcible rape, under a State statute, local ordinances, or State or local rules, regulations, or practices, in a manner intended to ensure that reasonable measures are taken by all jurisdictions within the State to preserve such evidence. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
A State must submit a specific certification personally executed by its chief legal officer (typically the Attorney General) regarding the provision of postconviction DNA testing and preservation of biological evidence.
To establish eligibility, the certification must be received by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) no later than the application deadline as an attachment to the application.
An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Grants.gov following established procedures. The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program narrative; Budget Detail and Narrative; and Certification as to Provision of Postconviction DNA Testing and Preservation of Biological Evidence. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.
Grants are awarded by the Institute Director based on the recommendations of criminal justice experts from outside reviewers and Institute staff. 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
If the entity is a successful applicant and the project is selected for funding, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will notify the applicant of the award no later than September 30 of the calendar year via the Office of Justice Programs Grants Management System. If unsuccessful, NIJ will issue a rejection letter by December 30 of the calendar year.
Hearings by the Director.
The request to change the end date may be submitted by the recipient within 30 calendar days before the project period end date or at any time by the grant manager. Extensions for no more than 12 months past the original end date are typically granted. A request to extend the project period for more than 12 months requires justification of extraordinary circumstances.
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
Grants under this program are limited to a maximum period of 24 months after the start of the award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide 2011 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post Award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf).
Post Assistance Requirements
Program reports are not applicable.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Recipients are required to submit semi-annual and final Progress Report(s).
Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.
To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
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. These audits are due to the cognizant federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee s fiscal year. 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 follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
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.
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 12 $4,000,000; FY 13 est $3,720,000; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Approximately $3.5 million may become available for up to 10 awards. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide 2011 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm ) and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf), 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.).
Regional or Local Office
Michael Dillon United States Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Michael.Dillon3@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-514-5528
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm.