Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program

To provide direct assistance to State, regional.

Local and Tribal jurisdictions to improve their ability to prevent, protect against respond to, and recover from major events, including threats or acts or terrorism.

Examples of Funded Projects

Direct assistance to State and local jurisdictions in enhancing grants management technical assistance, Best Practice Support Technical Assistance, and Critical Asset Assessment Technical Assistance.


Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address

http://www.fema.gov



Program Accomplishments

Past technical assistance efforts have focused on helping the states to conduct threat and needs assessments and develop their Homeland Security Strategies, training on the use and maintenance of specialized equipment, development of resource materials on domestic preparedness, as well as responding to site-specific technical assistance needs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Costs associated with developing and delivering technical assistance services to State and local homeland security personnel to address the full spectrum of mission areas, national priorities, and target capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal.

The technical assistance must support the National Preparedness Guidelines, National Priorities, and national strategies and doctrine related to homeland security.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Previously identified technical assistance providers and any other entity including State and local governmental units, national associations and organizations, higher education institutions, nonprofits, and the private sector which demonstrate the ability to deliver the services outlined in the program guidance to State and local jurisdictions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local units of government.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

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 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

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.

Deadlines

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Authorization

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004, Public Law 108-90.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) are required semi-annually and due within 30 days after the end of the reporting period (July 30 with a reporting period of January 1 through June 30, and January 30 with a reporting period of July 1 through December 31) for the life of the award.

Grantees are also required to submit quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSR).

The FSR are due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final CAPR and FSR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award, whichever occurs first.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) 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 A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.

Records

Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the 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 issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0560-0-1-999.

Obigations

FY 07 $1,549,987, FY 08 $12,000,000; and FY 09 est $10,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For regulations and guidelines please refer to the program guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

U.S Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane - Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20258.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.



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