Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)

The Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP) provides funding for the planning, equipment, and management of protective actions, to support the objective of protecting, securing, and reducing vulnerabilities of identified critical infrastructure and key resource (CI/KR) sites.



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.



Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

BZPP grant awards will be administered by the respective State Administrative Agency (SAA) and may be used for planning, equipment, and management of protective actions relating to the program objectives.

The SAA will allocate program funds to the jurisdiction(s) responsible for the safety and security of the communities in which CI/KR sites are located.

For additional information concerning BZPP grant award uses and restrictions, please refer to the program solicitation guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, as defined in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, means "any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any possession of the United States." The State's SAA is the only agency eligible to apply for BZPP grant funds and is responsible for obligating BZPP grant awards to the responsible jurisdiction(s) that have authority over the identified CI/KR sites.

The term "responsible jurisdiction" as used in the BZPP program guidance and application kit, refers to the primary agency (i.e.

State, local, or tribal entity or unit of government), that has authority over the DHS identified CI/KA facility, the facility's curtilage, adjacent grounds, and/or structures.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governmental jurisdiction(s) responsible for the CI/KR sites.

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 to be followed as required by the State 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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Funding is subject to reallocation each year, and may be consolidated with other programs.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

For more detailed information on the funding allocation formula and criteria please refer to the BZPP program solicitation guidance.

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) and Biannual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR) are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting periods, which are June 30 and December 31, for the life of the award.

Grantees are also required to submit quarterly financial reports.

These reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial, CAPR and BSIR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.

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 nine 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 $50,000,000; FY 08 $50,000,000; FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For additional information on program requirements and guidance, please refer to the BZPP Program Guidelines and Application Kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grant Programs, 245 Murray Lane, Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20523. The Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) can be contacted at 1-800-368-6498, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday - Friday, or askcsid@dhs.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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



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