State Criminal Alien Assistance Program


The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) is a payment program designed to provide federal assistance to states and localities that incur costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens who are being held as a result of state and/or local convictions. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers this program in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services branches.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Omnibus Appropriations Act, Public Law 106-113, Division B, Section 1000(a); Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1252, Section 242 as Amended; Title II, subtitle C, Section 20301; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and localities or local jurisdictions exercising authority with respect to the incarceration of an undocumented criminal alien. This covers state prison facilities (including those housing juveniles convicted as adults of felony offenses or two or more misdemeanors) and local jails, whether operated by counties or cities. Applicants are generally States and units of local government. Note: Only one application is accepted from each separate political division (i.e., State, county, city).
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and localities or local jurisdictions.
Applicants who are seeking funding must complete an electronic application form via the Office of Justice Programs Grants Management System (GMS). Inmate data, including the proper inmate identifiers, will either be manually key-stroked into the on-line application system, or submitted on-line by electronically attaching the applicable portions of the applicant’s inmate databases. The authorized official certifies compliance with all SCAAP requirements, including that the applicant has been authorized by the Chief Executive Officer of the applicable unit of government; the inmate identifiers required have been submitted to BJA in the proper format(s) for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) verification within the prescribed deadlines; all inmates counted by the applicant have been convicted of either a felony or two misdemeanor offenses under the applicant's law; and, only salary costs for corrections officers were included in the Total Salary Costs. By certifying on-line, the authorizing signing official is also assuring that all federal certifications and assurances are being met. The certification and assurance forms (Assurances, OJP Form 4000/3 and Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements, OJP Form 4061/6) are provided on-line to allow applicants to review and accept them electronically. 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?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. SCAAP applications are administered via the Office of Justice Programs Internet-based Grants Management System. Inmate data, including the proper inmate identifiers, may either be manually key-stroked into the on-line application system, or submitted on-line by electronically attaching the applicable portions of their inmate databases. Awards are announced after the ICE inmate verification process is done. Technical assistance is available to applicants for preparation of the on-line application process by calling the OJP Grants Management System Hotline at 1-888-549-9901.
Award Procedure
The final payment process requires that all applications and all data be fully processed and verified before any payments are made. Inmate data will be verified by the ICE, who will attempt to match the inmate data records provided to records in its databases to obtain the maximum number of confirmed matches. These matches are expected to include three categories: 1) those positively identified (matched) as qualifying undocumented criminal aliens; 2) those unknowns and 3) those positively identified as non- criminal aliens. Applicants will be given credit for a percentage of inmates whose eligibility cannot be determined through positive identification or "match," but have valid foreign countries of birth. Payments will be based on the days of incarceration for the verified number of aliens incarcerated by each applicant. Payments are granted by the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice. The payment must be accepted on-line and the acceptance will effect a simultaneous assurance of compliance with conditions. Acceptance of the payment on-line initiates the automatic electronic transfer of funds from OJP to the recipient.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Contact BJA.
Not Applicable.
Applications may be submitted annually, subject to availability of funding.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-162, Title XI) included the following requirement regarding the use of SCAAP funds: "Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in paragraph (5) that are distributed to a State or political subdivision of a State, including a municipality, may be used only for correctional purposes." All funds must be used for correctional purposes only. To be eligible for reporting, inmates must have been convicted of a felony or second misdemeanor for violations of state or local law, and housed in the applicant's state or local correctional facility for 4 or more consecutive days during the reporting period. Once a person meets these criteria, all pre-trial and post-conviction time served may be included in the application. Salary information reported in the SCAAP application must reflect the total salaries and wages paid to full and part-time correctional officers and others who meet the SCAAP definition. See the SCAAP Guidelines at Funds may be used only for correctional purposes. BJA may further define the eligible uses of funds. For further information, see
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No reports are required.
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. Recipients who expend $750,000 or more of Federal funds during their fiscal year are required to submit an organization-wide financial and compliance audit report in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, and as stated in the on-line payment process. Receipt of SCAAP payments is considered in establishing the requirement for an audit under the Single Audit Act.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, a copy of the inmate records submission, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of at least three (3) years following the closeout of the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
SCAAP awards are usually obligated and announced by the end of September and released for drawdown by mid-October. There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded because SCAAP funds are considered no year funds. Beginning with FY 2007 SCAAP awards, SCAAP funds must be used for correctional purposes only. Jurisdictions receiving SCAAP awards will be asked to report the projected use of these funds at the time the award is accepted. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: SCAAP payments are calculated simultaneously, with applicants receiving a prorated payment based on the appropriation; costs submitted, and inmates as determined by DHS. All SCAAP payments are made electronically to the applicant's bank account of record identified during the application process. All SCAAP payments must go to the jurisdiction's general fund. Please use the jurisdiction's EIN (tax identification) and vendor number when applying for SCAAP funds.

Once SCAAP data has been validated and analyzed, applicants will receive e-mail notification that awards are ready for online acceptance and drawdown. Formal acceptance of an award via GMS is necessary for the electronic transfer of funds into the applicant’s bank account of record. Applicants have 45 calendar days to accept awards through GMS once notice is provided. SCAAP payments must go to the jurisdictions’ general fund.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Joseph Husted U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 202-353-4411
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $180,000,000; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Contact Bureau of Justice Assistance for funding information or see the SCAAP Guidelines at
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at
For additional guidance reference the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions ( 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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