Intercity Bus Security Grants

 

The objective of the FY 2019 IBSGP is to provide funds to eligible private operators of intercity over-the-road bus transportation systems to protect critical transportation infrastructure and travelling public from acts of terrorism, and to increase the resilience of the transit infrastructure. The FY 2019 Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) is set against the backdrop of a year in which the United States faced numerous and unprecedented homeland security challenges. These included the three major hurricanes that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, and much of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as massive wildfires across the State of California. In addition to these natural disasters, the Nation also responded to multiple incidents as part of the evolving threat landscape, including witnessing the first known terrorist attack executed against mass transportation on our soil; cyberattacks against critical port infrastructure; and mass casualty events involving both vehicles and active shooters. The National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) defines what it means to be prepared for such diverse and complicated events. The National Preparedness System is the instrument the Nation employs to build, sustain, and deliver the core capabilities needed to achieve the goal of a more secure and resilient Nation. The development and sustainment of these core capabilities is not exclusive to any single level of government or organization, but rather requires the combined effort of the whole community. To that end, the FY 2019 IBSGP represents one part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, the IBSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.057
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 There are currently no proposed changes to program or outcome. Fiscal Year 2016: There are currently no proposed changes to program or outcome.
Fiscal Year 2017 It is expected that IBSGP funds will be awarded to support efforts that build and sustain core capabilities, strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure hardening and other physical security enhancements to support transit operators serving the Nation’s highest-risk metropolitan areas.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is expected that funds will be appropriated and allocated to this program.
Authorization
Public Law Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 ,(Pub. L. No. 116-6)-
Public Law 1532 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 , Public Law 110-53, 6 US Code 1531-
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This program is limited to applicants meeting one or both of the following criteria: (1) own/operate a fixed-route intercity bus service using over-the-road buses and providing services to a defined Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdiction; or (2) own/operate a charter bus service using over-the-road buses providing a minimum of 50 trips annually to a defined UASI jurisdiction.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Credentials/Documentation
This program is limited to applicants meeting one or both of the following criteria: (1) own/operate a fixed-route intercity bus service using over-the-road buses and providing services to a defined Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdiction; or (2) own/operate a charter bus service using over-the-road buses providing a minimum of 50 trips annually to a defined UASI jurisdiction.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the FY 2019 IBSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to the FY 2019 IBSGP Notice of Federal Funding (NOFO).
Appeals
None
Renewals
None
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
The IBSGP objectives are to support efforts that: • Build and sustain core capabilities • Strengthen regional security cooperation • Encourage a whole community approach to security and emergency management
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
Auditing
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 These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Records
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 25%. The FY 2019 IBSGP has a cost share requirement. Cash (Hard Match): The only acceptable form of cost sharing is a hard match, meaning cash, by the recipient. In-kind contributions, also known as soft matches, are not acceptable for the recipient’s cost share requirement. Eligible IBSGP applicants shall agree to make available non-federal funds to carry out an IBSGP award in an amount equal to, and not less than, 50 percent of the total project cost as submitted in the application and approved in the award. If the total project cost is ultimately higher than anticipated and submitted at the time of application, the recipient is responsible for all additional costs. If the total project cost is less than the amount anticipated at the time of award, the recipient must ensure that it matches the federal funds expended with an amount equal to, and not less than, 50 percent in non-Federal funds. The recipient’s contribution should be specifically identified for each proposed project. The non-federal contribution has the same eligibility requirements as the Federal share and must be justified as part of the project within the investment justification. For example, if the federal award requires a 50 percent cost share and the total project cost is $100,000, then: • Federal share is 50 percent of $100,000 = $50,000 • Recipient cost share is 50 percent of $100,000 = $50,000 With this example, if the total project cost ends up being $120,000, the federal share would remain at 50 percent of the original project cost of $100,000 (i.e., $50,000). Conversely, if the total project cost ends up being $80,000, then Federal share would be $40,000 versus $50,000. In that case, the recipient would owe FEMA this $10,000 as the difference between the 50 percent cost share under the original project cost versus the decreased actual project cost. These cash, hard-match contributions must consist of eligible costs and must be identified as part of the submitted application. A cash match includes cash spent for project related costs. The cost match requirement for the IBSGP award may not be met by funds from another federal grant or assistance program or funds used to meet matching requirements for another federal grant or assistance program, unless otherwise permitted by federal statute. Additionally, normal routine operational costs cannot be used as a cost match unless a completely new capability is being awarded. Please see 2 C.F.R. § 200.306, as applicable, as well as the FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual (PGM) for additional guidance regarding cost matching.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact and Resource Information Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) CSID is a non-emergency comprehensive management and information resource developed by DHS/FEMA for grants stakeholders. CSID provides general information on all DHS/FEMA grant programs and maintains a comprehensive database containing key personnel contact information at the Federal, state, and local levels. When necessary, recipients will be directed to a Federal point of contact who can answer specific programmatic questions or concerns. CSID can be reached by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by e-mail at askcsid@fema.gov, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.
Headquarters Office
Grant Programs Directorate, FEMA
400 C Street, SW, 3rd floor north, Control Desk
Washington, DC 20472-3635 US
askcsid@dhs.gov
Phone: (1-800) 368-6498
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0560-0-1-402
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$2,000,000.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 est $2,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For information on requirements and guidance please refer to the FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual (PGM).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 


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