Regional Information Sharing Systems

The RISS is a nationwide program supporting local, state, federal, tribal law, and territorial enforcement combat efforts in the areas of terrorism, drug trafficking, organized criminal activity, criminal gangs, violent crime, human trafficking, event de-confliction, and other regional criminal priorities.

RISS provides secure, nationwide information and intelligence-sharing capabilities, secure, but unclassified electronic communications capabilities, investigative analysis support, specialized investigative equipment, and other investigative support services.

The RISS Program also plays an integral role in the de-confliction of events to assist in officer safety and reduce conflicts between ongoing public safety events nationwide.



RISS provides services in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S.

territories, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and England.

RISS services are also made available to tribal agencies throughout the U.S.

RISS is the collective effort of six regional centers.

The goal is to promote officer safety, enhance the ability to identify, target, and remove criminal conspiracies and activities spanning multi-jurisdictional, multi-state, and sometime international boundaries.

While the RISS centers operate independently and are tailored to support the unique needs of the region served, they also operate as a collective body to address national criminal justice issues.

RISS is governed by a National Policy Group comprised of the six RISS Directors and the Chair of each regional center?s board of directors.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S.

Department of Justice (DOJ), administers the RISS Program.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Office - None.

Summary information about each RISS Center is available on the central RISS Website.

See http://www.riss.net.
Website Address

http://www.riss.net




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Mid-states Organized Crime Information Center $ 4,529,078   2018-10-012019-09-30
Rocky Mountain Information Network, Inc. $ 4,912,463   2018-09-012019-08-31
Middle Atlantic-great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network Inc $ 5,010,424   2018-08-012019-07-31
Western States Information Network, Inc. $ 5,177,962   2018-07-012019-06-30
Regional Organized Crime Information Center, Inc. $ 5,074,345   2018-07-012019-06-30
New England State Police Information Network Inc $ 3,861,075   2018-07-012019-06-30
Middle Atlantic-great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network Inc $ 4,835,498   2017-07-012018-09-30
Mid-states Organized Crime Information Center $ 12,494,091   2015-10-012018-09-30
New England State Police Information Network Inc $ 10,378,740   2015-07-012018-09-30
Regional Organized Crime Information Center, Inc. $ 13,992,678   2015-07-012018-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Up to 100 percent of total project grant costs are funded through Federal assistance.

Cost-sharing is governed by Appropriation Act requirements.

However, projects are encouraged to obtain and utilize additional funds through voluntary contributions, membership fees or dues, fees for service, or other sources from member agencies or governmental units benefiting from project services.

Such funds will be considered program income and must be used to augment project operations or to reduce the Federal share of project costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Six RISS Centers are authorized as eligible to receive funding to provide services to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.

The Centers are: The Middle Atlantic Great-Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Center (MAGLOCLEN), the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), and the Western States Information Network (WSIN).

Additionally, a competitively selected entity will serve as the administrator of network and support system capabilities serving the aforementioned six RISS Centers.

Applications are limited to these six RISS Centers and the competitive process to select an awardee for the purpose of administration and on behalf of the RISS Technology Service Center (RTSC).

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local criminal justice agencies; Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies and personnel benefit from this program.

Credentials/Documentation

The six RISS Centers are required to submit a Federal application for assistance, as well as a detailed program and budget narrative. A competitive process is conducted for the administration of the RISS Technology Service Center (RTSC). Summary information about each RISS Center is available on the central RISS Website. See http://www.riss.net. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

BJA receives and reviews all applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all of BJA's program requirements, to include adherence to the fiscal guidelines and grant reporting.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Part M of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days prior to the expiration of the project's current active grant.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

A project must submit a written request justifying the need for the extension and how the extension would be consistent with the objectives of the grant 60 days prior to the expiration of the current grant.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for a period of 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement. For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm).

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements for grants/projects awarded under the RISS Program are articulated in the OJP Financial Guide.

Regular progress reports are required to be submitted to the BJA Grants Management System (GMS).

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.

Records

In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0401-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $31,568,062; FY 17 est $35,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation guidelines posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm . For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm). Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Summary information about each RISS Center is available on the central RISS Website. See http://www.riss.net.

Headquarters Office

David P. Lewis U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: david.p.lewis@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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