DNA Backlog Reduction Program

To assist eligible States and units of local government to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and
DNA database samples awaiting analysis and to use DNA analysis, and other forensic technologies to assist with cold/unsolved cases and missing person/unidentified human remains cases.

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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Denver, City & County Of $ 940,574   2019-01-012021-12-31
Public Safety, Texas Department Of $ 187,092   2019-01-012021-12-31
City Of Tucson $ 964,548   2019-01-012021-12-31
State Police, Louisiana Department Of $ 721,888   2019-01-012021-12-31
Cuyahoga, County Of $ 122,000   2019-01-012021-12-31
Cuyahoga, County Of $ 342,570   2019-01-012021-12-31
Allegheny, County Of $ 288,549   2019-01-012021-12-31
Public Safety, Minnesota Department Of $ 574,682   2019-01-012021-12-31
Washington State Patrol $ 825,510   2019-01-012021-12-31
Justice, New Hampshire Department Of $ 333,558   2019-01-012021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds for this program may be used for the following purposes: Salary and benefits of laboratory employees; Overtime for laboratory staff; Training; Travel (limited); Equipment; Laboratory supplies; Contracts; Direct administrative expenses; Costs associated with and including Accreditation; Software; and Laboratory Information Systems DNA modules or accessories. See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.

Expenses that are not permitted include: Salaries and benefits other than those allowable; Certain travel expenses; Testimony and associated travel costs; Construction; Direct administrative expenses exceeding 3 percent of the award; General office supplies; Maintenance and service contracts for existing laboratory equipment; Maintenance and service contracts and licensing agreements for existing Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS); LIMS hardware or software, other than as stated in section ?Permissible Uses of Funds,?; Renovation costs for ordinary rearrangements, alterations, or restorations of the facility; Purchase of equipment or technologies that have not been approved for use by the National DNA Index System (NDIS), including personnel and supply costs that would be needed to validate equipment or technologies not approved for use by NDIS; Work that is funded under another federal award; Any items not directly related to Capacity Enhancement or Backlog Reduction; Indirect costs; Costs incurred outside of the project period; and Executive salaries and benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are States1 and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct forensic DNA and/or DNA database sample analysis and: ? Participate in external audits, not less than once every two years, that demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards established by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ? Are accredited by a nonprofit professional organization actively involved in forensic science that is nationally recognized within the forensic science community. ? Participate in the National DNA Index System (NDIS), or have an agreement with an NDIS participating laboratory to upload their data. See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.

Credentials/Documentation

The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. Current laboratory accreditation certificates are required from applicants. 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.

An environmental impact assessment is 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. See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov

Award Procedures

NIJ may use internal peer reviewers (DOJ employees), external peer reviewers, or a combination, to assess applications meeting basic minimum requirements on technical merit using the solicitation?s selection criteria. Peer reviewers? ratings and any resulting recommendations are advisory only, although their views are considered carefully. Absent explicit statutory authorization or written delegation of authority to the contrary, all final award decisions will be made by the Assistant Attorney General (Office of Justice Programs), who may consider factors including, but not limited to, underserved populations, geographic diversity, strategic priorities, past performance under prior NIJ and OJP awards, and available funding when making awards.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.

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 discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.

Renewals

Please contact the program office for information.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program awards are for a 24-month project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide, available at http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm.

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov.

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, available at www.ojp.gov.

To assist the Department with fulfilling its 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, applicants that receive funding under this program must provide data that measure the results of their work done under this solicitation.

Performance measures and data expected to be provided are as specified in the current fiscal year?s solicitation.

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

15-0401-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $100,649,672; FY 17 est $125,000,000; and FY 18 est $105,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See 2 CFR Part 200, 2 CFR Part 2800, the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov, and the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide, available at http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Alan Spanbauer U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: alan.spanbauer@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 305-2436

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at www.nij.gov.



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