Regional Information Sharing Systems

 

Goals: The goal is to assist agencies in reducing violent crime and support law enforcement through officer safety, enhance the ability to identify, target, and remove criminal conspiracies and activities spanning multi-jurisdictional, multi-state, and sometime international boundaries. While the RISS Centers operate independently and are tailored to support the unique needs of the region served, they also operate as a collective body to address national criminal justice issues. RISS is governed by a National Policy Group comprised of the six RISS Directors and the Chair of each regional center?s board of directors. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), administers the RISS Program. Objectives: The primary objective for RISS is to promote and strengthen relationships and strategies for the administration of justice with law enforcement agencies, organizations, prosecutors, and defenders through innovative leadership and programs. This objective also includes providing training, technical assistance, and resources in support of the program?s goals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.610
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The RISS staff responded to over 184,000 requests for intelligence research support, responded to 5.6 million requests through the automated federated search tool, produced over 32,000 analytical products –such as link charts, telephone toll analysis, and crime scene diagrams – to support criminal investigations, and loaned over 4,500 pieces of specialized equipment to agencies. In addition the number of RISS Watch Centers was increased to 26 and the RISS Centers sponsored or co-sponsored 952 training opportunities and helped to train over 44,000 individuals. Finally, the combined deconfliction effort continued to identify conflicts in local public safety operations, the RISSafe deconfliction program identified over 26,000 conflicts in FY17.
Fiscal Year 2018 The RISS staff responded to over 184,000 requests for intelligence research support, responded to 5.6 million requests through the automated federated search tool, produced over 32,000 analytical products –such as link charts, telephone toll analysis, and crime scene diagrams – to support criminal investigations, and loaned over 4,500 pieces of specialized equipment to agencies. In addition, the number of RISS Watch Centers was increased to 26 and the RISS Centers sponsored or co-sponsored 952 training opportunities and helped to train over 44,000 individuals. Finally, the combined deconfliction effort continued to identify conflicts in local public safety operations, the RISSafe deconfliction program identified over 26,000 conflicts.
Authorization
I, Part M, Section Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Public Law 116-6, 34 U.S.C. 10321, Statute 133,13, 117
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Six RISS Centers are authorized as eligible to receive funding to provide services to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. The Centers are: The Middle Atlantic Great-Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Center (MAGLOCLEN), the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), and the Western States Information Network (WSIN). Additionally, a competitively selected entity will serve as the administrator of network and support system capabilities serving the aforementioned six RISS Centers. Applications are limited to these six RISS Centers and the competitive process to select an awardee for the purpose of administration and on behalf of the RISS Technology Service Center (RTSC).
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local criminal justice agencies; Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies and personnel benefit from this program.
Credentials/Documentation
The six RISS Centers are required to submit a Federal application for assistance, as well as a detailed program and budget narrative. A competitive process is conducted for the administration of the RISS Technology Service Center (RTSC). Summary information about each RISS Center is available on the central RISS Website. See http://www.riss.net.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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. An applicant may find the names and addresses of State Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) at the following website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Intergovernmental_-Review-_SPOC_01_2018_OFFM.pdf.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
BJA receives and reviews all applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all of BJA's program requirements, to include adherence to the fiscal guidelines and grant reporting.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 days prior to the expiration of the project's current active grant.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
A project must submit a written request justifying the need for the extension and how the extension would be consistent with the objectives of the grant 60 days prior to the expiration of the current grant.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Up to 100 percent of total project grant costs are funded through Federal assistance. Cost-sharing is governed by Appropriation Act requirements. However, projects are encouraged to obtain and utilize additional funds through voluntary contributions, membership fees or dues, fees for service, or other sources from member agencies or governmental units benefiting from project services. Such funds will be considered program income and must be used to augment project operations or to reduce the Federal share of project costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance 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.
Auditing
Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the General Accounting Office, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, State or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
Records
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 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
Awards are made for a period of 12 months. Reimbursement. For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Summary information about each RISS Center is available on the central RISS Website. See http://www.riss.net.
Headquarters Office
David P. Lewis
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
david.p.lewis@usdoj.gov
Phone: 202-616-6500
Website Address
http://www.riss.net
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0401-0-1-754
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$32,814,530.00; FY 19 est $37,000,000.00; FY 20 est $10,000,000.00; FY 17$31,616,261.00; FY 16$31,568,062.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See the current fiscal year's solicitation guidelines posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm . For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm). 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
Not applicable.

 



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