Real ID Program


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

None. This is a new program and it is anticipated that recipients will demonstrate viable projects related to integrating hardware, software, and information management systems to assist with the implementation of the national standards for drivers' licenses.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restricted to State/U. S. Territorial agencies that are responsible for issuing driver's licenses.

Funds may be used in accordance with uses defined in the program guidance document/application kit.

Allowable funding categories include: planning and equipment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The issuing authority for motor vehicle licenses in each State or territory, as identified by the DHS, is the only agency eligible to apply for the Real ID Grant funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, U.S. Territory and local governments, intrastate, interstate, small business, general public, other public institution/organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

If required, will be identified in the program guidance/solicitation.

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

Unsolicited applications from entities other than those listed in the "Applicant Eligibility" above, will not be accepted. Eligible applicants must apply on-line using Grants.gov. The REAL ID Grant Program application process will require: Narrative to include a description of current resource management capabilities to develop, implement, and manage the programmatic requirements associated with REAL ID funding; a proposed work plan; a budget and budget narrative addressing REAL ID project related costs and expenses. Applications submitted online must contain information and meet the requirements outlined in the Real ID solicitation and program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff, concerns negotiated with the applicant, and award processed.

Deadlines

Application deadlines will be specified in the solicitation.

Authorization

Homeland Security Act, Public Law 107-296; and Real ID Act, Public Law 109-13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The program and administrative office will evaluate applications and award funds within 60 days of receipt of applications.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance for Real ID Grants is 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress Reports are due semi-annually within 30 days after the end of the reporting periods.

Reports are due: July 30 and January 30.

The Final Progress Report is due 90 days after the expiration date of the award period.

These reports should consist of a brief narrative discussing achievements to date, and progress towards annual goals, and any issues which may need to be addressed.

Required Financial Status Reports (SF 269A) are due quarterly after the end of the reporting period.

Reports are due: April 30, July 30, October 30, and January 30.

The Final Financial Report is due 90 days after the expiration date of the award period.

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 will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for thatyear. 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 no later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of at least 3 years after the grant has been closed or until an audit has been conducted that does not show any questionable costs.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0560-0-1-999.

Obigations

FY 07 $31,300,000; FY 08 est $50,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Will be identified in the solicitation/program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circulars Nos., A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-102 Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, C/O 245 Murray Lane, Bldg # 410, Washington, DC 20523. The Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) can be contacted at 1-800-368-6498 or askcsid@dhs.gov. CSID hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EST), Monday - Friday.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Will be identified in the solicitation/program guidance.



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