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Homeland Security Biowatch Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Homeland Security Biowatch Program


Federal Agency




Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, Title 6, U.S.C. Section 308(b)(1)(c).






To provide funding and/or property for the conduct of operations and other related activities intended to identify, counter, or respond to biological and chemical threats.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts); Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods; Dissemination of Technical Information.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement, program guidance, and award provisions.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Generally, State and local governments or as specified by U.S. Appropriation Statute. Specific applicant eligibility will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments.


May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

An application (SF-424, Budget, program or project narrative and assurances) must be submitted that outlines the implementation of the project and expenditure of funds in response to the project identified through the announcement.

Award Procedure

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff, concerns negotiated with the applicant, and award processed.


Application deadlines are specified in the announcement of funds availability.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval depends on the type of project to be funded.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Match requirements, if any, are specified in the Program or Appropriation Statute, regulation or program guidance, and are identified in the announcement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Specified in the funding opportunity announcement.


Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and progress reports must be submitted in compliance with OMB Circular A-102 or A-110. The frequency of the reports will be identified in the "Terms and Conditions" of the award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Financial records, supporting documentation and all other records to validate the performance of the grant or cooperative agreement must be retained for 3 years from the date the final financial status report is submitted to the DHS.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $14,819,275; FY 08 est $21,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Specified in the announcement.


Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

OMB Circulars Nos., A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-102 Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

CDR Dan Yereb, Early Detection Division, Office of Health Affairs Department of Homeland Security, Telephone: (202) 254-6712.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Earmark or as identified in the funding opportunity announcement or program guidance.


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