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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

16.613:  Scams Targeting the Elderly

Objectives:  To reduce the incidence of fraud and abuse against the elderly through training and technical assistance programs, demonstration sites, public awareness initiatives, and reporting of fraud to the National Fraud Information Center.

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


16.613 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  State and local law enforcement agencies, as well as public and private nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  State and local criminal justice agencies; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and personnel; public nonprofit organizations; and the elderly benefit from this program.

Credentials/Documentation:  Applicants are required to submit a Federal application for assistance, as well as a detailed program and budget narrative.

16.613 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 respective 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 for this program.

Application Procedure:  The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by the Common rule must be used for this program. The program is also subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  BJA reviews applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.

Deadlines:  The deadline dates vary. Contact BJA for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  Normally 60 days after receipt of applications.

Appeals:  See 28 CFR, 18.

Renewals:  Grants are renewable and may be extended. To be extended, the grantee must submit a written extension request 60 days prior to the expiration of the current grant.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  For competitive grants, criteria for selecting proposals is contained in the individual program solicitations. For non-competitive grants, applications received by BJA are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Preventing Telemarketing Fraud Against the Elderly; Preventing Telemarketing Fraud Against the Elderly Training and Technical Assistance.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  $70,000 to $1 million.

16.613 RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

16.613 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, eight grants were awarded through a competitive solicitation.

16.613 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

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

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants (Discretionary).

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $1,418,871; FY 00 est $3,113,296; and FY 01 est $1,929,500.

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

Authorization:  Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322; Section 250005 (3).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  Financial Guide, Office of the Comptroller, Office of Justice Programs.

16.613 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  Program Development Division, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Fourth Floor, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Phone: (202) 514-6278 or Justice Response Center, 1-800-421-6770.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

16.613 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  Projects are awarded 100 percent of the project costs and no match is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Varies, depending on program goals and objectives. Generally, projects are funded for 12 to 18 months.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  This discretionary grant program is intended to assist law enforcement in preventing and stopping marketing scams against senior citizens. Funding will support training and technical assistance, including a telemarketing fraud task force; State and local demonstration programs; and public awareness initiatives and assistance through the National Fraud Information Center.

16.613 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Unless otherwise specified in the award's special conditions, financial reports are due quarterly and progress reports are due semi-annually.

Audits:  Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the General Accounting Office, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Recipients must comply with the organizational audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, as further described in OJP's Financial Guide, Chapter 19. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organization, nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:  Recipients of Federal funds must retain all project related documentation for 3 years from the date of the final financial status report unless an audit has been initiated or an unresolved audit finding remains. This is in accordance with Federal retention requirements to ensure the availability of complete information should an audit be conducted.

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