National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program

The National Explosives Detection Canine Program exists to deter and detect the introduction of explosives devices into the transportation system.

In addition, bomb threats cause disruption of air, land and sea commerce and pose an unacceptable danger to the traveling public and should be resolved

Explosives detection canine teams are a proven reliable resource to detect explosives and are a key component in a balanced counter-sabotage program.

The use of highly trained explosives detection canine teams is also a proven deterrent to terrorism directed towards transportation systems and provides a timely and mobile response to support facilities, rail stations, airports, passenger terminals, seaports and surface carriers.

Canine teams consist of a dog and a handler.

There is a 3 team minimum.
Examples of Funded Projects

TSA provides State and local law enforcement agencies with a comprehensive 10 week handler training course and a certified explosives detection canine.

In addition, TSA provides funding to State and local law enforcement agencies through partial reimbursements ($40,000 - $50,000 per team) for services provided to DHS/TSA for security of transportation systems.

Teams must be available to the airports/mass transit-passenger rail 80% of the time but can be used to support other community security needs as well.

Teams must re-certify annually and are subject to unannounced evaluations.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Transportation Security Administration has supported this public purpose of assuring traveler and cargo safety in expanding venues for over 30 years. Currently TSA works cooperatively with 79 recipients.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Allowable costs are detailed in the terms and conditions of each Cooperative Agreement award.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated Airport Authority or State and local law enforcement agencies having responsibility for ensuring passenger, cargo, and commerce security.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Airports, Airlines, mass transit, passenger rail system passengers, airlines, and the general public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

TSA will contact potential participants of the program based upon established criteria for the specific mode of transportation. Proposals are not sought. No unsolicited applications are accepted. All applicants are pre-selected by TSA.

Award Procedures

Recipients are pre-selected based on airport/mass transit-passenger rail security needs. Negotiations determine the scope of the award and a cooperative agreement is awarded.




Public Law 104-264, Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996; Public Law 107-296, Homeland Security Act of 2002, Aviation and Transportation Security Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time





Every five years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and 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


Incidents and training activities are reported as they occur.

Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each subgrant award.

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


Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.


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 $18,980,000; FY 08 est $34,176,000; and FY 09 est $34,176,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Cooperative Agreement and attachments, Standard Operating Practices and Procedures, Applicable TSA Security Directives/Emergency Amendments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Chief, National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program Headquarters, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, TSA-18 Room 8E18S, Arlington, VA 22202.

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