Securing the Cities Program


The Securing the Cities (STC) Program seeks to reduce the risk of a successful deployment of a radiological/nuclear (R/N) terrorist weapon against a major metropolitan area in the United States by establishing sustainable capability within Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) partner agencies to detect, analyze, and report nuclear and other radioactive materials out of regulatory control within their jurisdictions. This program supports PPD-8, the Prevent Mission and the Prevention Framework including the tasks of:
•Intelligence and Information Sharing. Planning and Direction: Establish the intelligence and information requirements of the consumer.
•Screening, Search and Detection. Locate persons and networks associated with imminent terrorist threats.
•Interdiction and Disruption. Disrupt terrorist financing or prevent other material support from reaching its target.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: •Began Phase III activities in NYC/Newark.
•Complete Phase I activities in the Los Angeles/Long Beach STC implementation site.
•Initiate Phase I activities in the National Capital Region STC implementation site. Fiscal Year 2015: •Continue Phase III (non-STC funded) activities in NYC/Newark.
•Begin Phase II activities in Los Angeles/Long Beach STC implementation site.
•Continue Phase I activities in the National Capital Region STC implementation site.
•Initiate Phase I activities in the fourth STC implementation site. Fiscal Year 2016: •Continue Phase III (non-STC funded) activities in NYC/Newark
•Complete Phase II activities in Los Angeles/Long Beach STC implementation site.
•Complete Phase I activities in the National Capital Region STC implementation site.
•Continue Phase I activities in the fourth STC implementation site.
•Initiate Phase I activities in the fifth STC implementation site.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 112-10, 6 U.S.C 591-596.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance, or as specified by U.S. Appropriation Statute.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State, and local governments, Interstate or intrastate governmental organizations, and Indian tribal governments.
May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance. 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 not applicable. 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. 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
The deadline for submission of application is 90 days following the FOA posting.
Contingent upon future Congressional funding. Extensions to the Performance Period may be awarded, but are not guaranteed and might not include increased funding. Extension approvals will be based on the availability of funds within the award and acceptable performance and at the sole discretion of the Department of Homeland Security.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Financial and non-financial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions, if any, will be identified in the announcement, program guidance and award provisions. See Program Guidance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
See Program Guidance. See Program Guidance. See Program Guidance. See Program Guidance. See Program Guidance.
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. 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 and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See Program Guidance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Christopher Magrino 245 Murray Lane, Mail stop 0550
, Washington, District of Columbia 20528-0550 Email: Phone: (202) 254-7443
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $21,600,000; FY 15 est $15,700,000; and FY 16 est $17,400,000 - Projection FY14: $6,600,000 for NYC and Jersey City/Newark, $8,000,000 million for Los Angeles/Long Beach, $5,500,000 for the National Capital Region.
Actual FY14: $7,600,000 for NYC and Jersey City/Newark; $8,000,000 for Los Angeles/Long Beach; and $6,000,000 for the National Capital Region.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See Program Guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, 44 CFR 13. OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Tribal Governments, Relocated to 2 CFR Part 225; OMB Circular A-110, relocated to 2 CFR Part 215. Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations. OMB Circular A-122, relocated to 2 CFR Part 230. Cost Principles for NonProfit Organizations. OMB Circular A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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