Operation Safe Commerce (OSC)


To explore commercially viable options to enhance cargo security, including business processes and technology prototypes, which support containerized cargo supply chain security management while facilitating the flow of trade.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
DHS Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005, Public Law 108-334.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants eligible for the most recent competition were Load Centers, defined as the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Seattle/Tacoma, and the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Immediate beneficiaries include applicable stakeholders in the supply chain. Applicable ports will benefit as designated in successful proposals.
Stakeholder participation must be demonstrated through letter(s) of commitment. A copy of the applicant's Federally approved indirect cost rate agreement should be submitted. In addition, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)information is required. OMB Circular No. A-87 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 excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Refer to program guidance document.
Refer to program guidance document.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Allowable costs are detailed in the Request for Applications (RFA). Cost principles applicable to the awards are OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education, with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations, and with 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. In general, funds may be used for equipment, supplies, services or consultants, travel, audits, other direct costs, facilities and administrative costs (i.e., indirect costs), and other costs related to meeting the program objectives. Funds shall not be used for personnel. Refer to program guidance document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document. Financial Status Reports. Refer to program guidance document.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Based on project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Headquarters Office: Department of Homeland Security/Techworld, control desk, 4th floor, Rm 427 500 C St., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20472 Phone: (800) 368-6498.
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov .
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 09 Not Available; FY 10 Estimate Not Available; FY 11 Estimate Not Available - This CFDA will remain open until closeout of all grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Transportation (DOT) grant related regulations include 49 CFR Parts 17-21, 26, 29, and 32. DOT regulations may be superseded by corresponding or applicable new regulations issued by the Department of Homeland Security for this program. Cost principles applicable to the awards are OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education, with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations, and with 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. In addition, the U.S. Customs Service operates related initiatives called the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Container Security Initiative (CSI). See http://www.customs.treas.gov/ for further information on those programs.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available


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