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 Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) 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 biodetection 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 address 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.091
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Health Affairs, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 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 that 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 that 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. 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.
Fiscal Year 2019 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.
Authorization
6 U.S.C. 188(b); DHS Delegation 25000
2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, Title III, Section Div. F, Public Law 115-141, U.S.C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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. Preapplication coordination is required. 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 Procedure
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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
Earmark or as identified in the funding opportunity announcement or program guidance.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Requirements are identified in the Terms and Conditions of the award.
Auditing
Not applicable.
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.
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
Specified in the funding opportunity announcement. See program announcement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Daniel Yereb
DHS, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
Washington, DC 20528 USA
Daniel.Yereb@hq.dhs.gov
Phone: 703-647-8052
Website Address
http://www.dhs.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0800-0-1-999
Obligations
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$27,842,000.00; FY 19 est $25,553,000.00; FY 20 est $25,553,000.00; FY 17$27,000,000.00; -
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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