Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $4,972,500)
This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars. Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.
The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.
Guam's State Administering Agency (SAA) is the Bureau of Statistics and Plans. The Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans will use its standard procedure of solicitating proposals from local agencies and other potential sub-grantees to distribute the pass through funds to different programs such as the Multi Task Force Program; Sex Offender Registration Management Program; Property Crime Reduction Program, Forensic Medical Examination of Sexual Assault Program; Sexual Assault Prosecution Program, Correctional Treatment Program; Drug Court; Criminal Justice Records Improvement Program; Forensic Laboratory Information Systems Program; Forensic Science Laboratory Improvement Program and Evaluation Program.
The Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans will use no more than 10 percent of the JAG Recovery Act funds to pay for salaries and travel expenses for staff to implement the programmatic and financial aspects of the grant program, cover general agency operating expenses, provide information to criminal justice agencies statewide and applicable entities, and conduct sub-grant training and technical assistance.