High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program


To reduce drug trafficking and drug production in the United States by-- (A) facilitating cooperation among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities; (B) enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies; (C) providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and (D) supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas and in the United States as a whole.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Executive Office of the President
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
AUTHORIZATION: Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006, Public Law 109-469.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Law enforcement initiatives must be located and operate in an area designated as a HIDTA by the Director of ONDCP. The request for funding must be supported by the Executive Board of the regional HIDTA under which they will operate, or in the case of applicants for a new HIDTA, must be submitted by a coalition of law enforcement leaders. Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance and applicable Grant Circulars and Law.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Law enforcement Drug Task Forces; Drug Related Law Enforcement Initiatives; Drug Related Intelligence or Information Centers located in designated HIDTAs.
Operate in an area designated as HIDTA. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Applicants must coordinate with and submit their requests through the Executive Board of the Regional HIDTA. This requirement ensures a coordinated response to counter the threat of illegal drugs in the region. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Office of National Drug Control Policy will administer and manage the HIDTA Program. Applicants must submit a proposal to the office on Standard Form 424, Federal Assistance Applications. Additional application procedures are included in HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow the Office of National Drug Control Policy policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. The original signed copy of the Grant Award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the National HIDTA Assistance Center.
Jun 15, 2015: June 15th annually.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Each grantee must resubmit annually. The Executive Board of each Regional HIDTA will prepare and submit to ONDCP, an annual request for funds that includes a specific projected budget for each initiative, a description of the initiative for which the funds are requested, and performance data for the prior year’s activities.
How are proposals selected?
ONDCP uses a threat-driven process that requires each HIDTA Executive Board to assess the drug trafficking activities in its region; design a strategy to attack those activities; plan initiatives to carry out the strategy; and develop a budget that is sufficient to carry out the planned initiatives. ONDCP awards funds to HIDTAs based on a review and performance based assessment of the Threat Assessment, Strategy, Initiative Description and Budget Proposals that each HIDTA submits to ONDCP.
How may assistance be used?
This program, established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, authorized the Director of The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate areas within the United States which exhibit serious drug trafficking problems and harmfully impact other areas of the country as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). Grant funds are provided to law enforcement initiatives in areas that have been designated as a HIDTA. The initiatives are developed to counter the regional drug threat by regional Executive Boards composed of a balance of Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement leadership. Initiatives must include collocated Federal and state/local law enforcement officers. Initiatives must also share information with regional intelligence or information centers and deconflict their operations. The Reauthorization statues provide the restrictions for the HIDTA program. Discretionary funding is based upon appropriated amounts.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required. FFR Cash reports are required to be submitted quarterly. Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required. FFR Financial reports are required to be submitted quarterly. Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.
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.
Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: 21 CFR 1403 and 1404; 28 CFR 69.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Under the HIDTA program, award length is mandated by appropriation law. Currently awards are made for two years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grants are awarded as part of the baseline and discretionary funding allocations.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Phuong DeSear, 750 17th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20503 Phone: (202) 395-6739.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $235,822,000; FY 15 est $242,300,000; and FY 16 est $190,700,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts vary by HIDTA.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.