Incentive Grant Program to Prohibit Racial Profiling

 

Encouraged States to enact and enforce laws that prohibit the use of racial profiling in the enforcement of traffic laws on Federal-aid highways, and to maintain and allow public inspection of statistics on motor vehicle stops.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.611
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: States used these grant funds for collecting and maintaining data on traffic stops; evaluating the results of such data; and developing and implementing programs to reduce the occurrence of racial profiling, including training. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 1906, Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C 1096.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This Grant is available to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State Highway Safety agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
A State submitted certification that it met eligibility requirements; after being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submitted to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. 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
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not 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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All certifications must be submitted by July 1 for each fiscal year. To apply for grant funds in a fiscal year, a Law State must submit the certification required by Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 22, Thursday, February 2, 2006, Appendix 1 and an Assurances State must submit the certification required by Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 22, Thursday, February 2, 2006, Appendix 2, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator.
Award Procedure
A State submits certification that it meets eligibility requirements; after being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Certifications must be submitted each year; however, a State may not receive a grant for more than two fiscal years if it is qualifying for the grant as an Assurances State.
How are proposals selected?
SAFETEA-LU provides that a State may qualify for a grant under the Section 1906 Program in one of two ways: (a) by enacting and enforcing a law that prohibits the use of racial profiling in the enforcement of State laws regulating the use of Federal-aid highways and maintaining and allowing public inspection of statistical information on the race and ethnicity of the driver and any passengers for each such motor vehicle stop made by a law enforcement officer on a Federal-aid highway (a Law State); or (b) by providing satisfactory assurances to the Secretary that the State is undertaking activities to prohibit racial profiling and to maintain and provide public access to data on the race and ethnicity of the driver and passengers for each motor vehicle stop made by a law enforcement officer on a Federal-aid highway (an Assurances State).
How may assistance be used?
Incentive grant funds were available to States to enact and enforce laws to prohibit racial profiling, in compliance with the following established criteria. Law States may use Section 1906 grant funds for: collecting and maintaining data on traffic stops; evaluating the results of such data; and developing and implementing programs to reduce the occurrence of racial profiling, including programs to train law enforcement officers. Assurances States may use Section 1906 grant funds for: funding activities to prohibit racial profiling in the enforcement of State laws regulating the use of Federal-aid highways; collecting, maintaining and providing public access to traffic stop data; evaluating the results of such data; and developing and implementing programs to reduce the occurrence of racial profiling, including programs to train law enforcement officers. A State may not receive a grant for more than two fiscal years if it is qualifying for the grant as an Assurances State. A State could not receive a grant for more than two fiscal years if it is qualifying for the grant as an Assurances State.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. The Annual Report required under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program must include a progress report on the prior year's program and accomplishments. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Records
Project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents pending resolution of audit findings.
Other 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
Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Headquarters Office
Mary D. Gunnels 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NTI-200, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: maggi.gunnels@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-2121.
Website Address
http://www.nhtsa.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8020-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - No new money. FY 2012 was the last year SAFETEA-LU grants were awarded.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant award ranged from $885,460- $454,170. Average grant was for $668,544.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 1906, Pub. L.109-59, as amended, 23 U.S.C. 402. Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 22, Thursday, February 2, 2006.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The following are examples of funded projects; 1. collecting and maintaining data on traffic stops; 2.evaluating the results of such data; and 3. developing and implementing programs to reduce the occurrence of racial profiling,. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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