John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act
To encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
42 U.S.C. 3797cc-21.
An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., 42 U.S.C 3797cc-21.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants are limited to state government agencies, designated by their Governor, and the District of Columbia, designated by the Mayor, to manage this program. The States and the District of Columbia will make loan payments on behalf of eligible beneficiaries. See below for eligibility information.
For purposes of this program the following persons shall be considered eligible:
Prosecutor - full-time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the State or unit of local government level including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases.
Public Defender – an attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; is a full time employee of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a State or unit of local government who devotes substantially all of the employee’s full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; or employed as a full-time Federal defender attorney in a defender organization pursuant to subsection (g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases.
The designated agency must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including a signed certification form stating that they will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of their program, the implementation process, and a timetable for implementation. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Contingent upon whether the stats has designated an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance. See list of states that require this at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. BJA will post the allocation tables and a copy of the Solicitation and notify the designated State agencies that they are posted online. The State agencies will then generally have 45 - 60 days in which to submit an application through the online, Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS) at https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/.
A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the designated agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. A copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorizing official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Applications will generally be approved or denied within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.
Contingent upon Congressional appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are made directly by the Office of Justice Programs to the applicant State agency, based on results of a competitive review process conducted by the States. Grant funds will be used by States to make repayments, on behalf of eligible beneficiaries, of loan obligations to institutions holding eligible beneficiary loans. Direct payment of grant funds to beneficiaries is strictly prohibited. Grant funds may be applied as repayments of eligible loans only. See program solicitation for additional information regarding eligible beneficiaries, eligible loans, and contingent obligations of eligible beneficiaries. Priority consideration will be given to those eligible beneficiaries who have the least ability to repay their student loans, except that a fair allocation of repayment benefits among prosecutors and public defenders, and among employing entities nationwide, will be determined.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients are required to submit individual progress reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports. To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
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.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally awards will be for a one-year project and budget period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the headquarters office for additional information. Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post Award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
JRJ Program Manager U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov
Phone: (202) 616-6500
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $2,000,000; FY 15 est $2,000,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 15, individual state and territory awards ranged from $10,047 to $63,240.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm.
For additional guidance reference the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf). Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects