Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $4,000,000)
This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system. The JAG Program authorization also states that 'the Attorney General may reserve not more than 5 percent, to be granted to 1 or more States or units of local government, for 1 or more of the purposes specified in section 3751 of this title, pursuant to his determination that the same is necessary'(1) to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime' (42 U.S.C. 3756). This program is also funded in part by the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Assistance Program (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 PUB. L. 111-8), which provides funds to defray the cost of planning, designing, establishing, and operating locally based, proactive programs to protect and locate missing patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and other missing elderly individuals.
The National Initiatives: Enhancing Law Enforcement Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), helps improve criminal justice systems and provides national programs and national efforts such as training and technical assistance to strategically address the needs of state and local justice systems and communities.
The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) will support DOJ's Global Initiative to enable the development of national JIS policy, practices, and technology solutions to enhance justice information sharing implementation across the country. They will provide logistic support for DOJ's Global membership meetings and working groups, as well as those of related activities including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) governance committees. For such events, they will provide meeting planning, logistics, and other support as required to achieve meeting outcomes. IIR will collaborate with partners to coordinate program design and delivery of services including training and technical assistance, planning and collaborate with governmental and private agencies to support national events. develop deliverables and publications for the Global working groups including print and electronic materials, document printing and distribution, CDs/DVDs, online seminars (webinars), and other tools, and development, maintenance, hosting, and content creation and vetting for www.it.ojp.gov and www.niem.gov web sites. They will conduct outreach and collaboration functions as required to support Global priorities and collaboration.