High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program

To reduce drug trafficking and drug production in the United States by-- (A) facilitating cooperation among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities; (B) enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal,

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State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies; (C) providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and (D) supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas and in the United States as a whole.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: There are four types of HIDTA funded initiatives: Enforcement; Intelligence and Information Sharing; Support; and Management and Coordination.

Each HIDTA is required to have at least one initiative of each type.

Enforcement Initiatives: Enforcement Initiatives include multi-agency investigative, interdiction, and prosecution activities targeting drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, drug production organizations, drug gangs, drug fugitives, and other serious crimes with a drug nexus.

Intelligence and Information Sharing Initiatives: Intelligence and Information Sharing Initiatives include intelligence analysis (tactical, operational, and strategic), deconfliction services (event and case/subject), information collection and dissemination, and other analytical support for HIDTA initiatives and participating agencies.

Support Initiatives: Support Initiatives include activities beyond the core Enforcement and Intelligence and Information Sharing Initiatives, e.g.

- training, treatment, prevention, crime and forensic labs, and information technology initiatives.

Management and Coordination Initiatives: Management and Coordination Initiatives fund the basic overhead of the HIDTA, e.g.

- salaries and fringe benefits for the Director, Deputy Director, and other administrative staff positions approved by the Executive Board, as well as rent and facilities charges for administrative staff, etc.

Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Grants for this Program

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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: In Fiscal Year 2010, over 200 HIDTA grants were funded and it is estimated that 200 will be funded in Fiscal year 2011. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program, established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, authorized the Director of The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate areas within the United States which exhibit serious drug trafficking problems and harmfully impact other areas of the country as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).

Grant funds are provided to law enforcement initiatives in areas that have been designated as a HIDTA.

The initiatives are developed to counter the regional drug threat by regional Executive Boards composed of a balance of Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement leadership.

Initiatives must include collocated Federal and state/local law enforcement officers.

Initiatives must also share information with regional intelligence or information centers and deconflict their operations.

The Reauthorization statues provide the restrictions for the HIDTA program.

Discretionary funding is based upon appropriated amounts.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Law enforcement initiatives must be located and operate in an area designated as a HIDTA by the Director of ONDCP.

The request for funding must be supported by the Executive Board of the regional HIDTA under which they will operate, or in the case of applicants for a new HIDTA, must be submitted by a coalition of law enforcement leaders.

Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance and applicable Grant Circulars and Law.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Law enforcement Drug Task Forces; Drug Related Law Enforcement Initiatives; Drug Related Intelligence or Information Centers located in designated HIDTAs.


Operate in an area designated as HIDTA. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants must coordinate with and submit their requests through the Executive Board of the Regional HIDTA.

This requirement ensures a coordinated response to counter the threat of illegal drugs in the region.

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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The Office of National Drug Control Policy will administer and manage the HIDTA Program. Applicants must submit a proposal to the office on Standard Form 424, Federal Assistance Applications. Additional application procedures are included in HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow the Office of National Drug Control Policy policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to the all OMB grant circulars.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. The original signed copy of the Grant Award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the National HIDTA Assistance Center.


Jun 15, 2011: June 15th annually.


AUTHORIZATION: Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006, Public Law 109-469.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Each grantee must resubmit annually. The Executive Board of each Regional HIDTA will prepare and submit to ONDCP, an annual request for funds that includes a specific projected budget for each initiative, a description of the initiative for which the funds are requested, and performance data for the prior year s activities.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: 21 CFR 1403 and 1404; 28 CFR 69.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Under the HIDTA program, award length is mandated by appropriation law. Currently awards are made for two years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grants are awarded as part of the baseline and discretionary funding allocations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.

FFR Cash reports are required to be submitted quarterly.

Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.

FFR Financial reports are required to be submitted quarterly.

Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.


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. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year, in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee s fiscal year. In addition, additional external audits may be directed and funded by ONDCP.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 09 $234,000,000; FY 10 est $239,000,000; FY 11 est $209,950,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$8,900 to $11,006,652 awarded in FY 2009; and $8,900 to $12,285,056 awarded in FY 2010 to HIDTA State and local grantees. The average amount of grants awarded in FY 2009 and 2010 - $202 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circular A-21 "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions." OMB Circular A-87 "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments." OMB Circular A-102 "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments." (Codified at 21 CFR 1403)
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-122 "Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations." OMB Circular A-133 "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Institutions." "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Units of Governments," codified at 21 CFR Part 1403, "Grants Management Common Rule for State and Local Units of Governments." "Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)," codified at 21 CFR Part 1404. "Government-wide Requirements for Drug-free Workplace (Financial Assistance)" (codified at 21 CFR Part 1405). "New Restrictions on Lobbying" (codified at 28 CFR Part 69).
HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Phuong DeSear, 750 17th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20503 Phone: (202) 395-6739.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

ONDCP uses a threat-driven process that requires each HIDTA Executive Board to assess the drug trafficking activities in its region; design a strategy to attack those activities; plan initiatives to carry out the strategy; and develop a budget that is sufficient to carry out the planned initiatives. ONDCP awards funds to HIDTAs based on a review and performance based assessment of the Threat Assessment, Strategy, Initiative Description and Budget Proposals that each HIDTA submits to ONDCP.

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