Border Interoperability Demonstration Project

To identify solutions that facilitate emergency communications along and across the border and ensure emergency response providers can communicate during natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.



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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

http://www.dhs.gov



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: It is anticipated that 17 applications will be received and up to 6 awards will be made in the current fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

A minimum of six communities (at least three located on the U.S.-Canadian border and at least three located on the U.S.-Mexican border) will be selected for participation in the demonstration project and funded through the State in which each community is located.

Refer to program guidance for further information.

Competitive grant program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A minimum of six communities (at least three located on the U.S.-Canadian border and at least three located on the U.S.-Mexican border) will be selected for participation in the demonstration project and funded through the State in which each community is located.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refer to program guidance for further information.

Credentials/Documentation

Refer to program guidance for further information. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Title III, Section 302 (Public Law 110-53), 6 U.S.C. 580, Title , Public Law 110-53.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance for further information.

Appeals

Refer to program guidance for further information.

Renewals

Refer to program guidance for further information.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment based on project need.

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.

States are responsible for reporting on the status of the funding distribution to the Department of Homeland Security no later than 90 days after an award is made to a State.

In addition, projects selected for funding are required to report on and share lessons learned.

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Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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 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 No. 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 that 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

70-0565-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $25,500,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 13 "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments;" OMB Circular A-87, relocated to 2 CFR Part 225. "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Tribal Governments;" OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Office of Emergency Communications, 425 Murray Lane SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20528 Email: oec@dhs.gov Phone: (202) 343-1705.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to program guidance.



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