The Department of the Treasury Asset Forfeiture Program is a nationwide law enforcement initiative that removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deters crime and deprives wrongdoers of the proceeds of their criminal proceeds, and recovers property that may be used to compensate victims. Equitable sharing further enhances the law enforcement mission by fostering cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Federal law authorizes Treasury to share federally forfeited property with participating state and local law enforcement agencies. Equitable sharing is discretionary and limited by statute. The U.S. Department of the Justice administers a similar program.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Department of The Treasury
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 9705
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
A state or local law enforcement agency meeting eligibility requirements set forth in the Guide and that directly participates in an investigation or prosecution that results in a federal forfeiture may request an equitable share of the net proceeds of the forfeiture. For purposes of equitable sharing, the Department of Treasury defines law enforcement agency as a state or local government organization authorized to engage in as its primary function the investigation and apprehension, or the prosecution of individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States or of any state, county, municipality, or territory of the United States. A State National Guard generally does not meet the law enforcement agency criteria for participation in the Program because its primary mission is a military or other non-law enforcement purpose. However, a National Guard Counterdrug Unit may qualify for sharing if: (1) It is a distinct unit of a state National Guard that has counterdrug activities as its primary mission and receives funding solely for this purpose; or (2) It is a military police or similar state National Guard unit that provides support to federal law enforcement agencies in counterdrug activities.
A state or local law enforcement agency meeting eligibility requirements set forth in the Guide and that directly participates in an investigation or prosecution that results in a federal forfeiture may request an equitable share of the net proceeds of the forfeiture.
The federal deciding authority must approve all sharing requests and recommendations, including sharing percentages negotiated in a task force or other agreement, before sharing occurs. Sharing will only be awarded to agencies that are compliant Program participants in good standing with the policies set forth in the Guide. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E -Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200. Uniform administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. After the seizure or forfeiture of an identified asset, a participating state or local agency meeting all requirements set forth in the Guide may request a share of the property by submitting a Form TD F 92.26, Application for Transfer of Federally Forfeited Property, to the federal seizing agency. A separate Form TD F must be completed for each asset to be shared.
Federal law authorizes the Director of Execuitve Office for Asset Forfeiture to share federally forfeited property with particinotpating state and local law enforcement agencies. The exercise of this authority is discretionary and limited by statute. No sharing request or recommendation is final until approved by the federal deciding authority. The equitable sharing deciding authority levels are specified in the Guide.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. TD F Form must be submitted within 60 days of the seizure.
The exercise of this authority is discretionary and limited by statute. It is not subject to appeal or court review.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 authorized federal officials to implement a national asset forfeiture program. One ancillary benefit of asset forfeiture is the authorization to share federal forfeiture proceeds with cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies, which provides agencies with valuable additional resources without burdening tax payer dollars. The Guide to Equitable Sharing for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (Guide) outlines the policies and procedures governing the receipt, use, maintenance and reporting of forfeited funds received through the Department of the Treasury Equitable Sharing Program (Program). The Guide is supplemented with the National Code of Professional Conduct for Asset Forfeiture and all Program participants must ensure compliance with the Code. Except as noted in the Guide, equitably shared funds must be used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes only. Permitted expenditures listed in the Guide are preapproved uses of shared funds and property, subject to policies and statutes governing the use of public funds. The fact that shared property was forfeited as a result of a particular federal violation does not limit its use.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal 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 In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance in excess of the applicable threshold in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than the applicable threshold in a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records, supporting documents, and all other records pertinent to equitable sharing shall be retained for a period of 5 years following the conclusion of Federal assistance.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable Equitable Sharing is disbursed based via Electronic Funds Transfer on a case-by-case basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Jackie A. Jackson
1341 G. Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005 US
1341 G. Street N.W. Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005 USA
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$144.00; FY 19 est $37.00; FY 20 est $50.00; FY 15$162,444,176.00; FY 14$136,455,885.00; FY 16$173,284,930.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Department of the Treasury Guide to Equitable Sharing for Foreign Countries and Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies( April 2004) Interim Policy Guidance on the Use of Shared Funds dated November 1, 2015
Examples of Funded Projects