Projects addressing: driver and vehicle security enhancements; emergency communications technology; coordination with local police and emergency responders; and training and exercises.
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.
In the preceding fiscal year $9,603,000 was awarded to 27 intercity bus industry organizations.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used for vehicle security enhancements; emergency communication technology; coordinating with local police and emergency responders; facility security enhancements; training and exercises; improvement of ticket identification and further implementation of passenger and baggage screening enhancements; and driver security enhancements.
The program guidance outlines uses and restrictions in detail.
This program is limited to applicants meeting one or both of the following criteria: 1) own/operate a fixed-route intercity bus service using over-the-road buses and providing services to a defined Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdiction; or 2) own/operate a charter bus service using over-the-road buses providing a minimum of 50 trips annually to a defined UASI jurisdiction.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is not covered under Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."
Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
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.
Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Public Law.110-53 and the Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2008, Division E, Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, Public Law 110-161.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Formula and Matching Requirements
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
Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) are required semi-annually and are 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.
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.
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.
FY 07 $11,640,000; FY 08 est $11,172,250; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
For information on requirements and guidance please refer to the current FY Intercity Bus Security Grants Program Guide and Application Kit.
Regional or Local Office
Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.