Special Data Collections and Statistical Studies


GOAL: To produce and disseminate relevant, accurate, timely, reliable, and objective criminal justice information. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded. OBJECTIVE: ? Collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government ? Adhere to rigorous principles and practices to support the quality of BJS?s statistical activities ? Protect the privacy and confidentiality of respondents and the trust of data providers ? Comply with applicable Federal laws, regulations, policies, and other authorities that govern BJS data

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2019 BJS anticipates that about 6 awards will be granted in FY 2019 and that, on average, between 1 to 6 applications will be submitted for each funding assistance listing.
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302 (34 U.S.C. § 10132 (c)), 42 U.S.C. 10132
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is authorized to award grants and cooperative agreements to State and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals. Applicants from the Territories of the United States and federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments are also eligible to participate in this program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible beneficiaries are State and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals.
The applicant must furnish, along with the application for an award, all of the requirements listed in the solicitation, including a detailed budget, a budget narrative, and a program narrative including the accomplishments, goals, impact, methods, evaluation plan, and resources of the project.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through grants.gov following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).
Award Procedure
An award is granted by the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and must be accepted by the applicant agency or institution according to the special conditions of the grant or cooperative agreement. Successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs..
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Hearings by the Director.
Most awards are for periods of 12-36 months. Under some circumstances, subsequent award(s) may be made to continue the project.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria will be outlined in the program announcements or funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Program announcements or FOAs can be found on BJS's website at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used for a variety of activities in support of BJS's statistical programs including: to conduct data collection and processing activities; carry out statistical and methodological research; provide technical assistance to State, local, and tribal governments to develop their capabilities to produce justice statistics; provide dissemination and clearinghouse functions, and other information services to data users.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements
See 2 C.F.R . SS 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.
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
Project duration period is generally 12 months. Assistance is released by "direct disbursement" at the request of the grantee. Contact program office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Allina Lee
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Statistics
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202-307-0765
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$37,259,269.00; FY 19 est $48,000,000.00; FY 20 est $48,000,000.00; FY 17$41,755,090.00; FY 16$28,836,763.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $2,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post Award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/funding/Implement/Resources/PostAwardInstructions.pdf).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 BJS is funding data collection and related activities to collect jail facility and population data that are used to describe changes in the number of jails, national capacities, and inmate population size and characteristics. BJS is funding data collection and related activities to report on the workload, operations, budgets, staffing levels, types of analyses performed, backlogs, and accreditations and certifications of federal, state, county, and municipal crime laboratories. BJS is funding methodological work and data collection efforts to evaluate the viability and cost of using existing publicly available court data to produce national estimates of court activity and inform sampling strategies.
Fiscal Year 2019 BJS plans to continue its data collection efforts to provide accurate and timely national statistics about the personnel, operations, policies, and procedures of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. BJS plans to support data collection and analysis of tribal jail information to describe changes in the inmate population of jails in Indian Country and facility characteristics including staffing and operations. BJS plans to support data collection, processing, and analysis efforts to produce accurate and timely information on recidivism and criminal history of offenders. BJS plans to conduct field testing activities and data collection on indigent defense in the U.S. to enhance BJS’s understanding of the work done by attorneys who represent indigent clients.


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