Fiscal Year 2016 Report on the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

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Text of the Fiscal Year 2016 Report to Congress

Section 2806(b) of Public L. 90-351, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, mandates the submission of a report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate concerning grants made under the Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program in each fiscal year.  This letter responds to that requirement.

The Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, managed by the Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ), provides funding to states and units of local government to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic-science and medical examiner-services, in accordance with the Coverdell Act. For the purposes of the Act, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. Territories are considered states. NIJ executes the Coverdell Grants Program through a grant solicitation that has both a formula and a competitive component. Only states are eligible to apply for the formula component.

The Coverdell Act requires that 75 percent of the total program funds be awarded to states through State Administering Agencies (SAAs). These “base” awards are based on the state’s population and made to all eligible SAAs that apply. The Coverdell Act requires that the remaining 25 percent of program funds be awarded competitively. These “competitive” funds may be awarded to SAAs or dispersed directly to units of local government based on the merits of the respective applications. States and local governments that provide forensic-science or medical- examiner services may apply for the competitive funding.

Applications for competitive funding are reviewed by an independent panel made up of subject-matter experts from the forensic science community. The panelists review and rate the applications individually based on specific evaluation criteria specified in the solicitation.

On February 24, 2016, NIJ released the solicitation seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. NIJ received 161 applications; 32 states applied for base funding and 22 states applied for a combination of base and competitive funding. Four base applications received from states were duplicative and two states submitted two competitive applications each. The remaining 101 applications were received from units of local government for competitive funding. Twenty-six competitive applications were denied due to various circumstances such as duplicate applications, failure to meet basic minimum requirements and non-responsiveness to solicitation criteria.

Applications for competitive funding are reviewed by an independent panel made up of subject-matter experts from the forensic science community.  The panelists review and rate the applications individually based on specific evaluation criteria cited in the solicitation.

NIJ made 74 awards totaling $11,959,348; 52 states received base awards, two states received a combination of base and competitive awards, and 20 units of local government received competitive awards. 

NIJ is grateful for the opportunity to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic-science and medical-examiner services throughout the nation’s communities. We look forward to continuing these efforts through important programs such as the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.

List of Fiscal Year 2016 Awards

NIJ made 74 awards totaling $11,959,348; 52 states received base awards, two states received a combination of base and competitive awards, and 20 units of local government received competitive awards. 

Awardee
Number
Award AmountStateAward Type
Alaska Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0043
$71,530AKFormula
Alabama Department of Economic And Community Affairs
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0052
$126,886ALFormula
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0015
$77,772ARFormula
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0029
$178,307AZFormula
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0039
$1,022,219CAFormula
County of Ventura
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0059
$62,500CACompetitive
Division of Criminal Justice
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0009
$142,492COFormula
City And County of Denver
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0068
$164,542COCompetitive
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0008
$93,772CTFormula
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0018
$71,530DCFormula
Executive Office of the Governor of DE
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0074
$71,530DEFormula
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0030
$529,360FLFormula
Miami Dade County
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0054
$250,000FLCompetitive
Pinellas County
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0056
$47,500FLCompetitive
City of Miami, Florida
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0055
$92,086FLCompetitive
City of Cape Coral
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0062
$93,796FLCompetitive
Manatee County Sheriff's Office
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0057
$99,281FLCompetitive
Pasco County
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0063
$239,980FLCompetitive
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0034
$266,749GAFormula
Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0005
$71,530GUFormula
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0002
$71,530HIFormula
Iowa Governors Office of Drug Control Policy
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0037
$81,577IAFormula
Idaho State Police
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0025
$71,530IDFormula
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0001
$335,823ILFormula
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0004
$172,865INFormula
CITY OF FORT WAYNE
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0077
$69,580INCompetitive
Executive Office of the State of Kansas
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0044
$76,034KSFormula
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0072
$115,556KYFormula
Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0020
$121,970LAFormula
St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0051
$34,840LACompetitive
Massachusetts State Police
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0028
$177,428MAFormula
City of Revere
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0065
$62,594MACompetitive
Governors Office of Crime Control And Prevention
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0007
$156,850MDFormula
State of Maine
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0040
$71,530MEFormula
State of Michigan
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0012
$259,116MIFormula
Hennepin County, Minnesota
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0058
$90,046MNCompetitive
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0019
$143,354MNFormula
Missouri Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0024
$344,468MOCompetitive
St. Louis County
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0076
$18,395MOCompetitive and Formula
Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0038
$78,141MSFormula
Montana Board of Crime Control
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0035
$71,530MTFormula
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0061
$45,336MTCompetitive
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0022
$262,256NCFormula
County of Cumberland
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0060
$132,000NCCompetitive
North Dakota
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0021
$71,530NDFormula
State of Nebraska
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0033
$71,530NEFormula
NH Department of Justice
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0050
$284,747NHCompetitive and Formula
New Jersey Department of Law And Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0017
$233,928NJFormula
New Mexico Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0053
$71,530NMFormula
Nevada Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0006
$75,491NVFormula
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0014
$516,943NYFormula
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0026
$303,270OHFormula
Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0003
$102,140OKFormula
Oregon State Police
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0048
$105,212ORFormula
Pennsylvania Commission On Crime And Delinquency
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0046
$334,322PAFormula
Instituto de Ciencias Forenses
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0049
$90,724PRFormula
Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0041
$71,530RIFormula
South Carolina Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0010
$127,857SCFormula
Charleston County
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0073
$227,904SCCompetitive
Office of The Attorney General
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0042
$71,530SDFormula
State of Tennessee
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0032
$172,359TNFormula
State of Texas
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0023
$717,322TXFormula
West Valley City
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0066
$171,177UTCompetitive
Utah Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0047
$78,235UTFormula
Department of Criminal Justice Services
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0045
$218,912VAFormula
Spotsylvania County
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0064
$76,150VACompetitive
City of Harrisonburg
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0067
$53,219VACompetitive
Virgin Islands Department of Justice
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0036
$71,530VIFormula
Vermont Department of Public Safety
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0016
$71,530VTFormula
Seattle Police Department
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0075
$249,999WACompetitive
Washington State Patrol
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0078
$187,245WAFormula
Wisconsin Department of Justice
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0031
$150,711WIFormula
West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0011
$71,530WVFormula
Wyoming Office of the Attorney General
View award details and description for award 2016-CD-BX-0013
$71,530WYFormula
Date Created: September 15, 2017