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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

16.579:  Byrne Formula Grant Program

Objectives:  To reduce and prevent illegal drug activity, crime, and violence and to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


16.579 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  All States, DC, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  State and units of local governments.

Credentials/Documentation:  Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

16.579 APPLICATION 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. The standard application forms (SF-424) as furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used with this program.

Application Procedure:  Applications are submitted to BJA following the criteria set out in the Act, OJP Financial Guide, and Byrne Formula Grant Program Guidance. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  Letter to the Governor upon approval by BJA, with copies of the grant award sent to the designated State Administrative Agency. One copy of the grant award must be signed by Chief Executive's designee and returned to BJA.

Deadlines:  Applications must be submitted within 60 days of the signing of the Appropriation by the President.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  BJA must notify any applicant of its intention not to provide Byrne Formula funding no later than 45 days after BJA receipt of an application.

Appeals:  See 28 C.F.R., Part 18.

Renewals:  Annual application is required.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Applications are reviewed to determine compliance with applicable guideline requirements.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Task Forces, Criminal Justice System Improvement, Violent Crime Prevention, DARE Education, Community Policing Training and Technical Assistance Projects.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  $500,000 to $52,000,000.

16.579 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 16.580 Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Discretionary Grants Program.

16.579 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Will be reported after evaluation in Annual Report from each State.

16.579 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Type of Assistance:  Formula Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $462,482,200; FY 00 est $508,370,856; and FY 01 est $383,960,000.

Budget Account Number:  15-0404-0-1-754; 15-8586-0-1-754.

Authorization:  Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, Title I, 42 U.S.C. 50 et seq.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  The OJP Financial Guide, Byrne Formula Grant Program Guidance.

16.579 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Contact: Mary Santonastasso, Director. Phone: (202) 305-2088. Use the same number for FTS.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

16.579 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  Each participant State will receive a base amount of $500,000 or .25 percent of the amount available for the program, whichever is greater, with the remaining funds allocated to each State on the basis of the State's relative share of total U.S. population. If a State elects not to participate, all funds may be awarded directly to local units of government and combinations of units of local governments within the State. (a) Funds from the Act may be used to pay up to 75 percent of the cost of a program or project. The remaining nonfederal share will be provided in cash. Match for the formula grant programs will be provided for on a project-by-project basis, state-wide basis, unit-of-government basis, or a combination of the above. Requests will be contained in the application. (b) Funds distributed to an Indian tribe which performs law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) for any program or project described in the Act shall be 100 percent of such costs.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Each formula award to a State will be for 3 years (the year of award plus 2 years).

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Funds may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, facilities (including upgraded and additional Law Enforcement Crime Laboratories), personnel training and equipment for more widespread apprehension, prosecution and adjudication of persons who violate State and local laws relating to the production, possession and transfer of Controlled Substances and to improve the Criminal Justice System. Outlined in the Act are other specific purposes for which funds can be used. The Act restricts the use of these funds for supplanting State and local funds and land acquisition, and construction other than penal or correctional facilities.

16.579 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Financial reports are required quarterly, as required by the OJP financial guide. An annual performance report is also required.

Audits:  All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, and as stated in award special conditions.

Records:  Grantee must keep complete records on disposition of funds.

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