Fire Service Hazardous Materials Preparedness and Response

Provide information to the fire and emergency services community, emergency managers, and other local government officials concerning issues related to the planning, mitigation, prevention, and response to hazardous materials incidents which includes acts of terrorism.



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.dhs.gov



Program Accomplishments

A clearinghouse of information is maintained by the designated non-profit organization regarding hazardous materials (HAZMAT)/terrorism preparedness and response issues. This information is provided to local first responders to support and assist in planning, training, exercises, and sustaining emergency response capabilities. A Homeland Protection & Security Weekly publication, detailing HAZMAT and Terrorism-related incidents and information is distributed to fire/emergency services, local officials, Federal and state agencies, and the public. Support is also provided to defray participant's attendance costs to Hazardous Materials Conferences.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restricted to recipient designated by Congressional Statue or DHS, and limited in scope to the project description for the purpose of information sharing related to Hazardous Materials and acts of terrorism.

Refer to project description or administering program office for specific information.

Unsolicited applications for this program will not be accepted.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated Private nonprofit institution/organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.

Credentials/Documentation

Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

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

Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2001, Public Law 107-56; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Executive Order 12127; The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, as amended, and various appropriation bills.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Requests for grant extensions must be adequately justified, and can only be authorized in writing by the DHS/U.S. Fire Administration Procurement Officer with the concurrence of the U.S. Fire Administration program office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

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

Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly Progress Reports must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

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

Final financial and performance 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 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

70-0564-0-1-800.

Obigations

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

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

31 CFR 205: Rules and Procedures for Funds Transfers; OMB Circular A-102: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments; OMB Circular A-87: Cost Principles for State and Local Governments; OMB Circular A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations; OMB Circular A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; OMB Circular A-122: Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Drive, SW., Bldg. #410 Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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



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