Homeland Security Biowatch Program

The BioWatch Program is a Federally managed, locally operated early warning system that is designed to detect the intentional release of select aerosolized biological agents.

The BioWatch Program?s mission is to deploy, sustain, and maintain a national 24x7x365 operational ability to detect, and
respond to a bioterrorist event in metropolitan areas across the country.

The DHS Office of Health Affairs (OHA) administers the BioWatch program and is currently engaged in advanced development, test, evaluation and operations to improve sampling technologies, collection procedures, sample analysis, and develop and implement a next generation BioWatch system.



The Biowatch Program and PPD-8 share the following elements.


? First, in accordance with the National Preparedness Goal , the Biowatch program provides a comprehensive strategy for countering biological terrorism.
? Next, following the National Preparedness System and the BioWatch Program is a federally managed, locally operated early warning operational capability designed to enhance national preparedness.

The program provides an early warning system that detects the release of a select biological agent that may pose a danger to the public health in select jurisdictions.


? Biowatch, in accordance with the National Planning Frameworks and Federal Interagency Operational Plans, acts as an early warning system which enhances the security of jurisdictions by providing the needed time to execute their comprehensive concept of operations plans to counter biological terrorism.

In addition, the BioWatch Program provides advice and guidance to jurisdictions to develop biological preparedness programs that properly addresses the needed mitigation plans that reduces the negative impacts to a biological attack.



The Biowatch Program is a critical part of an ongoing national effort to build and sustain preparedness which helps the United States maintain momentum through targeted jurisdictional planning that highlights preventative actions necessary to allow for a proper and timely response and begin the process to recovery from a biological agent release.

To provide funding and/or property for the conduct of operations and other related activities intended to identify, counter, or respond to biological and chemical threats.

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.

Website Address

http://www.dhs.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The BioWatch Program?s mission provided and maintained a continuous bio-terrorism air monitoring system in metropolitan areas and coordinated with state and local public health communities to prepare for and respond to a bioterrorist event. This mission was accomplished by serving as an early warning system which enhanced the security of jurisdictions by providing the needed time to execute their comprehensive concept of operations plans to counter biological terrorism. The Biowatch Program is a critical part of an ongoing national effort to build and sustain preparedness which helps the United States to maintain momentum through targeted jurisdictional planning that highlights preventative actions necessary to allow for a proper and timely response and begin the process to recovery from a biological agent release. Fiscal Year 2017: The BioWatch Program?s mission is to provide and maintain a continuous bio-terrorism air monitoring system in metropolitan areas and coordinate with state and local public health communities to prepare for and respond to a bioterrorist event. This mission is accomplished by serving as an early warning system which enhances the security of jurisdictions by providing the needed time to execute their comprehensive concept of operations plans to counter biological terrorism. The Biowatch Program is a critical part of an ongoing national effort to build and sustain preparedness which helps the United States to maintain momentum through targeted jurisdictional planning that highlights preventative actions necessary to allow for a proper and timely response and begin the process to recovery from a biological agent release. Fiscal Year 2018: The BioWatch Program?s mission is to provide and maintain a continuous bio-terrorism air monitoring system in metropolitan areas and coordinate with state and local public health communities to prepare for and respond to a bioterrorist event. This mission is accomplished by serving as an early warning system which enhances the security of jurisdictions by providing the needed time to execute their comprehensive concept of operations plans to counter biological terrorism. The Biowatch Program is a critical part of an ongoing national effort to build and sustain preparedness which helps the United States to maintain momentum through targeted jurisdictional planning that highlights preventative actions necessary to allow for a proper and timely response and begin the process to recovery from a biological agent release.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.

Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement, program guidance, and award provisions.

See program announcement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Generally, State and local governments or as specified by U.S.

Appropriation Statute.

Specific applicant eligibility will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments.

Credentials/Documentation

May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance. 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. An application (SF-424, Budget, program or project narrative and assurances) must be submitted that outlines the implementation of the project and expenditure of funds in response to the project identified through the announcement.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff, concerns negotiated with the applicant, and award processed.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 188(b)(1)(c).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval depends on the type of project to be funded.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Contingent upon future Congressional funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Specified in the funding opportunity announcement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See program announcement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Requirements identified in the terms and conditions of the award.

Financial reports submission are identified in the Terms and Conditions of the award.

Program and progress reports must be submitted and are identified in the Terms and Conditions of the award.

Financial reports submission are identified in the Terms and Conditions of the award.

Requirements are identified in the Terms and Conditions of the award.

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.

Records

Financial records, supporting documentation and all other records to validate the performance of the grant or cooperative agreement must be retained for 3 years from the date the final financial status report is submitted to the DHS.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0800-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $17,000,000; FY 17 est $29,000,000; and FY 18 est $29,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Specified in the announcement.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circulars Nos., A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-102 Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

DHS, Office of Procurement Operations, Office of Health Affairs 245 Murray Lane, SW, Mail Stop 0115, Washington, District of Columbia 20528 Phone: (202) 447-5589

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Earmark or as identified in the funding opportunity announcement or program guidance.



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