High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program

To reduce drug trafficking and drug production in the United States by-- (A) facilitating cooperation among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities; (B) enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal,

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State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies; (C) providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and (D) supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas and in the United States as a whole.
Grants for this Program

Agency - Executive Office of the President

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Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin $ 24,939   2022-01-012023-12-31
Maricopa, County Of $ 662,747   2022-01-012023-12-31
County Of Brewster $ 394,092   2022-01-012023-12-31
Attorney General Of Wyoming $ 1,324,370   2022-01-012023-12-31
Monroe, County Of $ 4,070,270   2022-01-012023-12-31
Public Safety, Alaska Dept Of $ 2,587,000   2022-01-012023-12-31
Financial Commission For Appalachian Hidta $ 9,555,262   2022-01-012023-12-31
County Of Orange $ 1,330,404   2022-01-012023-12-31
Law Enforcement, Florida Department Of $ 27,000   2022-01-012023-12-31
County Of Volusia $ 221,056   2022-01-012023-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program, established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, authorizes the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate areas within the United States which exhibit serious drug trafficking problems and harmfully impact other areas of the country as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

Grant funds are provided to law enforcement initiatives in areas that have been designated as a HIDTA.

Initiatives must include collocated Federal and State/local/tribal law enforcement officers.

Initiatives must also share information with regional intelligence or information centers and deconflict their operations.

The reauthorization statutes provide the restrictions for the HIDTA program.

Discretionary funding availability is based upon appropriated amounts.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

In order to apply for and receive funds, the law enforcement initiatives must be located and operate in an area designated as a HIDTA by the Director of ONDCP.

The request for funding must be supported by the Executive Board of the regional HIDTA under which they will operate.

Petitions may be submitted for consideration to become a new HIDTA or to become a part of an already existing HIDTA.

In both cases the petition must be submitted by a coalition of law enforcement leaders.

In the case of submitting to become a new HIDTA region, a funding request will be provided by the coalition of law enforcement officers.

In the case where the petition is to become a part of an already established HIDTA, the funding request will be submitted to the Executive Board for their consideration/action.

Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Law enforcement drug task forces; drug-related law enforcement initiatives; drug-related intelligence or information centers located in designated HIDTAs.


Operate in an area designated as HIDTA. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Office of National Drug Control Policy will administer and manage the HIDTA Program. Applicants must submit a proposal to the office on Standard Form 424, Federal Assistance Applications. Additional application procedures are included in HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow the Office of National Drug Control Policy policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. The signed copy of the Grant Award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the National HIDTA Assistance Center.


Jun 15, 2017: June 15th annually.


AUTHORIZATION: Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006, Public Law 109-469.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Each grantee must resubmit annually. The Executive Board of each Regional HIDTA will prepare and submit to ONDCP, an annual request for funds that includes a specific projected budget for each initiative, a description of the initiative for which the funds are requested, and performance data for the prior year?s activities.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: 21 CFR 1403 and 1404; 28 CFR 69. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Under the HIDTA program, award length is mandated by appropriation law. Currently awards are made for two years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grants are awarded as part of the baseline and discretionary funding allocations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.

FFR Cash reports are required to be submitted quarterly.

Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.

FFR Financial reports are required to be submitted quarterly.

Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.


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.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $224,200,000; FY 17 est $228,300,000; and FY 18 est $223,525,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Award amounts vary by HIDTA.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Phuong DeSear, 750 17th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20503 Phone: (202) 395-6739.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

ONDCP uses a threat-driven process that requires each HIDTA Executive Board to assess the drug trafficking activities in its region; design a strategy to attack those activities; plan initiatives to carry out the strategy; and develop a budget that is sufficient to carry out the planned initiatives. ONDCP awards funds to HIDTAs based on a review and performance based assessment of the Threat Assessment, Strategy, Initiative Description and Budget Proposals that each HIDTA submits to ONDCP.

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