Homeland Security Information Technology Research, Testing, Evaluation and Demonstration Program

To foster and identify novel uses of existing "state-of-the-art" information technology that will remove barriers and/or improve information sharing and integration of State and local public safety interoperability communications.

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


Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Allowable costs and any funding restrictions will be identified in the Program Announcement.

No construction will be eligible for funding.

This funding may only be used to supplement existing funding and not be used to supplant funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, U.S. Territories and local governments.


The applicant must complete a proposal as outlined in the funding opportunity announcement.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the funding opportunity announcement/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.


Refer to funding opportunity announcement or application guidance for further information.


Public Law 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008), Division E, Title III.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Extensions are at the discretion of DHS. Refer to the funding opportunity announcement or application guidance for information concerning renewals.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. There are no matching requirements.

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


Refer to funding opportunity announcement or application guidance for information concerning reporting requirements.


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.


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



FY 07 $0; FY 08 $8,100,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grants and Financial Assistance Division, 245 Murray Lane Bldg. #410, Stop Code 0500; Washington, DC 20531.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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