Fiscal Year 2015 Report on the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

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Text of the Fiscal Year 2015 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 3, 2015, NIJ released the solicitation seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. NIJ received 173 applications; 35 states applied for base funding and 21 states applied for a combination of base and competitive funding. The remaining 138 applications were received from units of local government for competitive funding. Thirty-three applications were denied due to various circumstances such as duplicate applications, failure to meet basic minimum requirements and non-responsiveness to solicitation criteria.

NIJ made 71 awards totaling $10,617,553; 49 states received base awards, 2 states received a combination of base and competitive awards, and 20 units of local government received competitive awards. Abstracts about each project are written by the awardees are linked from the table below.

Since its inception, the Coverdell Program has resulted in 1144 grants to states and units of local government. In its administration of the Coverdell Program, NIJ monitors each award to ensure compliance with federal statutes, regulations, and policies to ensure that federal funds are used appropriately. This monitoring includes diligent review of Coverdell grantees’ budgets to ensure they are in accord with the work promised in the grant application and consistent with Coverdell Program statutory and policy requirements.

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 2015 Awards

In fiscal year 2015, NIJ made 71 awards totaling $10,617,553 under this program. The table below presents each of these awards and includes links to details of the award, including a brief description as provided by the awardee.

AwardeeAward NumberAward AmountState
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
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2015-CD-BX-0008$158,365.00AZ
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
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2015-CD-BX-0036$916,081.00CA
Iowa Governors Office of Drug Control Policy
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2015-CD-BX-0031$73,856.00IA
State of Texas
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2015-CD-BX-0007$632,066.00TX
Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
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2015-CD-BX-0004$92,022.00OK
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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2015-CD-BX-0048$467,279.00FL
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
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2015-CD-BX-0001$85,940.00CT
Department of Criminal Justice Services
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2015-CD-BX-0068$197,409.00VA
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
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2015-CD-BX-0029$105,040.00KY
Washington State Patrol
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2015-CD-BX-0057$166,604.00WA
Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
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2015-CD-BX-0044$110,541.00LA
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
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2015-CD-BX-0060$238,795.00GA
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0025$235,351.00NC
Virgin Islands Department of Justice
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2015-CD-BX-0039$63,705.00VI
City of Saco
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2015-CD-BX-0019$57,217.00ME
City of Colorado Springs
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2015-CD-BX-0014$174,882.00CO
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
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2015-CD-BX-0021$157,033.00IN
Monroe County
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2015-CD-BX-0018$174,968.00NY
City of Long Beach
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2015-CD-BX-0073$50,011.00CA
City of Charleston
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2015-CD-BX-0017$12,300.00SC
City of Culver City
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2015-CD-BX-0071$17,245.00CA
Oregon State Police
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2015-CD-BX-0063$93,922.00OR
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office
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2015-CD-BX-0076$133,397.00MT
State of Tennessee
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2015-CD-BX-0030$155,243.00TN
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
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2015-CD-BX-0002$307,861.00IL
Pennsylvania Commission On Crime And Delinquency
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2015-CD-BX-0015$305,272.00PA
City of Fort Lauderdale
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2015-CD-BX-0077$53,435.00FL
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept.
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2015-CD-BX-0016$150,900.00MO
New Mexico Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0072$224,835.00NM
Alabama Department of Economic And Community Affairs
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2015-CD-BX-0042$115,518.00AL
Instituto de Ciencias Forenses
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2015-CD-BX-0038$86,394.00PR
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services
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2015-CD-BX-0055$276,522.00OH
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General
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2015-CD-BX-0010$63,705.00HI
Alaska Dept. of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0064$63,705.00AK
New Jersey Department of Law And Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0034$212,679.00NJ
State of Maine
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2015-CD-BX-0026$63,705.00ME
Executive Office of the Governor of DE
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2015-CD-BX-0067$63,705.00DE
City of Omaha
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2015-CD-BX-0005$165,981.00NE
South Carolina Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0003$114,110.00SC
District of Columbia Government
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2015-CD-BX-0027$63,705.00DC
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
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2015-CD-BX-0045$70,724.00AR
David Rahnisky
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2015-CD-BX-0078$77,063.00MI
St Lucie County
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2015-CD-BX-0028$118,357.00FL
Missouri Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0022$144,445.00MO
Henderson Police Department
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2015-CD-BX-0075$135,906.00NV
Idaho State Police
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2015-CD-BX-0043$63,705.00ID
City of Wilmington NC
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2015-CD-BX-0040$165,000.00NC
Vermont Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0006$63,705.00VT
Massachusetts State Police
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2015-CD-BX-0059$159,947.00MA
County of Cumberland
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2015-CD-BX-0074$175,000.00NC
Executive Office of the State of Kansas
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2015-CD-BX-0052$69,161.00KS
Governors Office of Crime Control And Prevention
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2015-CD-BX-0054$314,430.00MD
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0011$129,538.00MN
Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0069$71,485.00MS
Montana Board of Crime Control
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2015-CD-BX-0032$63,705.00MT
State of Michigan
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2015-CD-BX-0012$236,488.00MI
State of Nebraska
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2015-CD-BX-0035$63,705.00NE
Nevada Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0058$66,679.00NV
State of New Hampshire
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2015-CD-BX-0066$63,705.00NH
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
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2015-CD-BX-0049$469,628.00NY
City of Orlando
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2015-CD-BX-0033$174,963.00FL
Utah Department of Public Safety
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2015-CD-BX-0024$69,326.00UT
Miami Dade County
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2015-CD-BX-0020$175,000.00FL
Wyoming Office of the Attorney General
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2015-CD-BX-0013$63,705.00WY
Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office
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2015-CD-BX-0009$63,705.00RI
Office of The Attorney General
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2015-CD-BX-0023$63,705.00SD
County of Suffolk
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2015-CD-BX-0070$95,585.00NY
County of Dinwiddie
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2015-CD-BX-0050$23,183.00VA
Wisconsin Department of Justice
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2015-CD-BX-0047$137,241.00WI
El Paso County
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2015-CD-BX-0046$63,753.00CO
West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services
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2015-CD-BX-0051$63,705.00WV
Date Created: January 6, 2016