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Securing The Cities

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Securing The Cities


Federal Agency




Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; as amended by the SAFE Port Act, Title V, Section 501(a), Public Law 109-347.






The overall goal of the Securing the Cities (STC) initiative is to prevent a Radiological/Nuclear (RN) attack on high risk urban areas by enhancing regional capabilities to detect, identify, and interdict illicit radioactive materials in and around urban areas. One aspect of addressing this goal is providing assistance to State and local jurisdictions in and around major urban areas that will enable these entities to build capabilities by: Leveraging current technologies and deploying them regionally in a coordinated manner; Designing, acquiring, and deploying the components of an operationally viable regional architecture for radiological/nuclear detection, focused on State and local jurisdictions; Developing and implementing a common, multi-agency Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for sharing sensor data and resolving hits within the sensor architecture; Training and exercising by the regional agencies to execute this CONOPS to a high level of proficiency.


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 non-financial 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, if any, will be identified in the announcement, program guidance and award provisions.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance, or as specified by U.S. Appropriation Statute.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State, and local governments, Interstate or intrastate governmental organizations, private, or public organizations, nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribal governments.


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


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedure

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





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

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.


Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports. Quarterly Progress Reports must include the progress of each sub-grant award. Reports are due 30 days after the reporting period. Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant 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 (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) 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 A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3 year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $3,250,000; FY 08 est $30,000,000; and FY 09 est $20,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.


Program Accomplishments

2007 one award for a pilot implementation of a regional preventive radiological and nuclear detection architecture was funded and ongoing in the NYC metropolitan area; anticipate one award in 2008.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, 44 CFR 13. OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Tribal Governments, Relocated to 2 CFR Part 225; OMB Circular A-110, relocated to 2 CFR Part 215. Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations. OMB Circular A-122, relocated to 2 CFR Part 230. Cost Principles for NonProfit Organizations. OMB Circular 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

Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Attn: Assessments/Matthew Barton, Mail Stop 7100, 245 Murray Lane, Building 410, Washington, DC 20528, Telephone: (202) 254-7412, E-mail:

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

Pilot implementation of a regional preventive radiological and nuclear detection architecture is funded and ongoing in the NYC metropolitan area.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.


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