Equitable Sharing Program
The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program is a nationwide law enforcement initiative that removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deters crime and deprives wrongdoers 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 the Attorney General to share federally forfeited property with participating state and local law enforcement agencies. The exercise of this authority is discretionary and limited by statute. The Attorney General is not required to share property in any case.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Criminal Division, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
The Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 881(e)
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA), 18 U.S.C. 981(e)(2)
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 resulting in a federal forfeiture may request an equitable share of the net proceeds of the forfeiture. For purposes of equitable sharing, the Department of Justice defines a 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.
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. 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 DAG-71, Equitable Sharing Request Form, to the federal seizing agency. A separate Form DAG-71 must be completed for each asset to be shared.
Federal law authorizes the Attorney General to share federally forfeited property with participating state and local law enforcement agencies. The exercise of this authority is discretionary and limited by statute. The Attorney General is not required to share property in any case. 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. The DAG-71 form must be submitted within 60 days of seizure of the asset. Late submissions will be accepted and reviewed on a case by case basis. Sharing determinations are generally made 120 to 180 days after forfeiture. However, longer periods may be required in complex cases.
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 Justice 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 Funds are disbursed to participating agencies upon approval of individual asset sharing decisions.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
1400 New York Avenue, NW
Washington , DC 20005 US
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 15$361,589,000.00; FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guide to Equitable Sharing for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (April 2009).
Examples of Funded Projects