The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
BJA combined the funding available in FY 2005 ($7,393,000) and FY 2006 ($8,965,825) for an open solicitation for applications. BJA selected 16 statewide systems for award, with $3,372,964 carried over and made available in FY 2007. BJA also established the SAVIN Guidelines and Standards Advisory Committee and published the SAVIN Guidelines and Standards document in October 2006 for planning, managing and operating a successful SAVIN system. The SAVIN Guidelines and Standards document also includes a set of technology standards to ensure newly developed systems conform to national criminal justice information sharing standards. In FY 2007, the $8,829,239 in new funding combined with carry-over for a total of $12,202,203 in available funding. BJA issued a competitive solicitation in FY 2007 and selected 11 new awards and 4 supplemental awards for system enhancements. The FY 2007 awards brought the total number of statewide SAVIN systems to 27. BJA in partnership with the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute held the first annual SAVIN conference in April, 2007, and brought together two member teams from 42 states to share progress and highlight innovative strategies for system design and implementation.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Technology improvement programs.
SAVIN grantees are required to use the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) (www.niem.gov), follow associated SAVIN implementation guidelines, and adopt the guidelines as part of their SAVIN program planning.
Qualified agencies of State governments or other agencies authorized by State governments are eligible to apply for grant funds to establish new statewide automated victim notification programs in their States, or to expand the functionality of existing statewide automated victim notification programs.
American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Tribes and/or Tribal Organizations: All tribal applications must be accompanied by a current authorizing resolution of the governing body of the tribal entity or other enactment of the tribal counsel or comparable government body.
If the grant will benefit more than one tribal entity, a current authorizing resolution or other enactment of the tribal counsel or comparable government body from each tribal entity must be included.
If the grant application is being submitted on behalf of a tribal entity, a letter or similar document authorizing the inclusion of the tribal entity named in the application must be included.
States, Territories and Tribal governments.
Each applicant must submit a completed application that meets the requirements specified in the program guidance. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
Aplication and Award Process
The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 must be used with this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Applications are submitted to BJA following the criteria set out in this solicitation, as well as in the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.
A letter and copies of the grant award are sent to the applicant agency upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the grantee's authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
See the program solicitation or contact the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for application deadline at (1-866) 859-2687 or by E-mail: AskBJA@usdoj.gov.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The Bureau of Justice Assistance shall not finally disapprove any application (or amendment to that application) without affording the applicant reasonable notice of any deficiencies and providing an opportunity to correction and reconsideration.
Hearing and appeal procedures will follow 28 CFR Part 18, Code of Federal Regulations.
Renewals are subject to annual appropriations.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Congress has mandated that Federal funds provided under the SAVIN program "require a 50 percent match from State, local or private sources." For each Federal dollar awarded, the managing agency must provide $0.50 towards the planning, implementation, operation and/or assessment of the project from state, local or private sources. Matching contributions may be a cash match, an 'in-kind' match, or a combination of the two. For the purpose of this grant, cash match contributions consist of cash funds contributed to the planning, implementation, operation and/or assessment of the SAVIN project. For the purpose of this grant, in-kind matching contributions consist of indirect expenditures in support of the SAVIN project, including the cost of state/local program staffing, facilities, communication infrastructure, and equipment used in the planning, implementation, operation, management or assessment of the program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
BJA will award funding to deploy and operate the program for 24 months from the date of award.
Post Assistance Requirements
Financial and Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as described in Chapter 19 of the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.
In accordance with the requirements set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial reports and other supporting documents pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
FY 07 $8,885,052; FY 08 $34,780,000; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
BJA will determine the number of awards based on available resources, the number of submissions received, criteria set forth in this grant announcement.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.
Regional or Local Office
Michael Dever, Policy Advisor, 810 7th Street, N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, DC., 20531; Telephone (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687 or by E-mail: AskBJA@usdoj.gov.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.