Interoperable Emergency Communications

To provide governance, planning, training and exercise funding to States, territories, and local and tribal governments to carry out initiatives to improve interoperable emergency communications, including communications in collective response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made
disasters.

All activities proposed under the program must be integral to interoperable emergency communications and must be aligned with the goals, objectives, and/or initiatives identified in the grantee?s approved Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP).

The Program provides the flexibility to purchase interoperable communications equipment.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Refer to program guidance document.

Refer to program guidance document.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility - All 56 states and territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiary Eligibility: States, territories, and local and tribal governments.

Credentials/Documentation

Prior to, or along with, an application for assistance. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

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.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53)., Public Law 110-53.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. Grant awards will require a 25 percent nonfederal cost share on all equipment purchases. The source of the match funds must be identified in the grant application. The match does not need to be a cash match. In-kind contributions are permitted and must be activities in direct support of and eligible under the project. The nonfederal share may not be funded by other federal funds unless permitted by Federal statute. This program does not have MOE requirements.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Based on project need.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Refer to program guidance document.

Refer to program guidance document.

Quarterly progress reports.

Refer to program guidance document.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports (FFR), Semi-Annual Assistance Progress Report (SAPR), and Biannual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR).

Refer to program guidance.

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. 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.

Records

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

58-0101-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Program was last funded in FY2010. This program will remain open due to open awards.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance document.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Refer to program guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Grant Programs Directorate 400 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20742-3618 Phone: (1-800) 368-6498

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.



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