Crime Victim Compensation

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Department of Justice, administers the Crime Victim Compensation formula grant program.

OVC annually awards a grant to each state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to support state crime victim
compensation programs.

These programs help pay for some of the expenses resulting from crimes involving violence or abuse.

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.

Website Address

http://www.ovc.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Public Safety, Colorado Department Of $ 3,833,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Attorney General Of Ohio $ 3,299,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Legal Affairs, Florida Department Of $ 5,267,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Crime & Delinquency, Pa Commission On $ 4,149,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Victim Compensation And Government Claims Board $ 16,630,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Attorney General, South Carolina $ 3,425,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Georgia $ 6,623,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
New York Office Of Victim Services $ 5,533,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Treasury, Tennessee Department Of $ 5,203,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
Attorney General, Texas $ 27,512,000   2017-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds under this program shall be used by the States for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: States may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes.

Formula grant funds to an eligible State crime victim compensation program is based on 60 percent of the amounts States expended during the fiscal year preceding the year of collections for the Crime Victims Fund, other than amounts awarded for property damage.

If the sums available in the Fund for grants under this program are insufficient to provide grants of 60 percent as provided above, grants from the sums available will be made to each eligible crime victim compensation program so that all such programs receive the same percentage of the amounts awarded by such programs during the preceding fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage.

A crime victim compensation program is an eligible crime victim compensation program if (1) such program is operated by a State and offers compensation to victims and survivors of victims of criminal violence, including drunk driving and domestic violence for: (A) medical expenses attributable to a physical injury resulting from a compensable crime, including expenses for mental health counseling and care; (B) loss of wages attributable to a physical injury resulting from a compensable crime; and (C) funeral expenses attributable to a death resulting from a compensable crime; (2) such program promotes victim cooperation with the reasonable requests of law enforcement authorities; (3) such State, possession or territory certifies that grants received under this program will not be used to supplant funds otherwise available to provide crime victim compensation; (4) such program, as to compensable crimes occurring within the State, possession or territory, makes compensation awards to victims who are nonresidents of the State, possession or territory on the basis of the same criteria used to make awards to victims who are residents of the State, possession or territory; (5) such program provides compensation to victims of Federal crimes occurring within the State on the same basis that such program provides compensation to victims of State crimes; (6) such program does not, except pursuant to rules issued by the program to prevent unjust enrichment of the offender, deny compensation to any victim because of that victim's familial relationship to the offender, or because of the sharing of a residence by the victim and the offender; (7) such program does not provide compensation to any person who has been convicted of an offense under Federal law with respect to any time period during which the person is delinquent in paying a fine, other monetary penalty, or restitution imposed for the offense; and (8) such program provides such other information and assurances related to the purposes of this section as the Director may reasonably require.

Any amount of crime victim compensation that the applicant receives through a crime victim compensation program under this section shall not be included in the income of the applicant until the total amount of assistance that the applicant receives from all such programs is sufficient to fully compensate the applicant for losses suffered as a result of the crime.

As used in this section; (1) the term 'property damage' does not include damage to prosthetic devices, eyeglasses or other corrective lenses, or dental devices; (2) the term 'medical expenses' includes, to the extent provided under the eligible crime victim compensation program, expenses for eyeglasses and other corrective lenses, for dental services and devices and prosthetic devices, and for services rendered in accordance with a method of healing recognized by the law of the State; (3) the term 'compensable crime' means a crime the victims of which are eligible for compensation under the eligible crime victim compensation program, and includes crimes involving driving while intoxicated and domestic violence; and (4) the term 'State' includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and any other possession or territory of the United States.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, and any other possession or territory of the United States who have an established eligible crime victim compensation program, and who meet the eligibility requirements discussed above.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Victims of crime that results in death or physical or personal injury and are determined eligible under the State victim compensation statute. State compensation statutes either declare that coverage extends generally to any crime resulting in physical or personal injury, or they list all specific crimes that can be covered.

Credentials/Documentation

Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E ? Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 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. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through grants.gov following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

42 U.S.C. 10602 (a); and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

30 to 180 days.

Appeals

For statutory formula awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for formula awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.

Renewals

Awards are for the year of award plus 3 years. Applications will be annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Formula grant funds to an eligible State crime victim compensation program is based on 60 percent of the amounts States expended during the fiscal year preceding the year of collections for the Crime Victims Fund, other than amounts awarded for property damage. If the sums available in the Fund for grants under this program are insufficient to provide grants of 60 percent as provided above, grants from the sums available will be made to each eligible crime victim compensation program so that all such programs receive the same percentage of the amounts awarded by such programs during the preceding fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Compensation funds may be carried forward for obligation by the grantee for 3 years subsequent to the fiscal year of award. Funds are released via electronic funds transfer. States must be enrolled in the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) Vendor Express Program to request any Federal funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Please contact program office for more detail.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

The State will provide relevant data by submitting quarterly performance metrics through OVC?s online Performance Measurement Tool (PMT), located at https://ovcpmt.ojp.gov/.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly and final Financial Reports.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.

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. See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.

Records

See 2 C.F.R . 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-5041-0-2-754.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $2,217,900,941; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Each State receives 60 percent of its prior year payout of State compensation funds.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs? Financial Guide 2011 ojp.gov/financial guide/DOJ/index.htm and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf), applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime State Compensation and Assistance Division 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 307-5983.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as amended, and Program Guidelines/Rules published in the Federal Register.



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