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.
More than 350 agreements have been executed with U.S. commercial airports to support deployment of local law enforcement officers to passenger screening checkpoints.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Restricted to state, local, or other public institution/organizations responsible for commercial airport operations within their jurisdiction.
Airports are partially reimbursed for the costs of local law enforcement officers deployed to airport passenger screening checkpoints.
Refer to program guidance document or contact the administering program office for specific information.
State, local, or other public institution/organizations responsible for commercial airport operations within their jurisdiction, as specified in U.S.
statute or TSA program guidance document and regulations.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
The airport operator contacts the Federal Security Director (FSD) responsible for their airport to request a cooperative agreement. The FSD gathers information from the airport, and local law enforcement agencies, regarding passenger checkpoint staffing, flexible response time, checkpoint hours, number and size of checkpoints, current hourly rate of officers, existing resources, and other factors that could help determine the need for financial assistance.
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.
6 U.S.C. 203; 49 U.S.C. 106(m) and 114(m); 49 U.S.C. 114(g), 44901(g), 44903(e) and 44922(f).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no matching requirements. However, reimbursement to airports for local law enforcement services is based on guidelines and factors specified in the appropriation or authorizing statute and TSA regulations. Contact the administering TSA program office for specific information.
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 program guidance.
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.
FY 07 $66,216,332; FY 08 est $65,027,814; and FY 09 est 65,027,814.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by airport and checkpoint operation hours, geographical location, and other factors.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Cooperative Agreement, Standard Operating Practices and Procedures, Applicable TSA Security Directives/Emergency Amendments.
Regional or Local Office
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, LEO RA Program Manager, TSA-18 E-8 206S, 601 S. 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22203. Telephone: (571) 227-1532.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
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