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Funding to Support the 2020 Presidential Nominating Convention

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $25,000,000)

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be held July 13-16, 2020, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The DNC was designated a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the Department of Homeland Security. With NSSE status, the United States Secret Service (USSS) is the lead agency in charge of security for the DNC. The recipient will utilize grant funds to provide support for law enforcement expenditures and related law enforcement activities, including overtime, associated with the 2020 DNC. The stated purpose of this funding is to provide support for law enforcement activities, including personnel, necessary equipment and overtime costs associated with the 2020 Republican/Democratic Presidential Candidate Nominating Convention.

There is a requirement that each grantee/fiscal agent receiving an award will:
• Utilize grant funds for law enforcement activities incurred during the 2020 Republican/Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention;
• Fully explore other non-federal funding streams to ensure that federal funds are being used to supplement, and not supplant, available state, local or other sources and obtain required Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs);
• Carefully manage the drawdown of grant funds based on approved costs and adhere to the DOJ Financial Guide rules on cash management;
• Ensure that written and properly executed mutual aid agreements are in place and that funds can be reimbursed in a timely manner;
• Provide a fair and transparent process for other jurisdictions that may be hosting official Convention events, or providing agreed upon mutual assistance to the host city, to receive reimbursement for reasonable security-related costs from the appropriated funds;
• Develop and utilize a centralized, documented authorization process for expenditure of award funding for purposes of accountability and transparency.
• Participate in training on the prevention of Fraud, Waste and Abuse delivered by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) prior to the conventions.


Date Created: March 23, 2020