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Are Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nominators allowed to submit the description of the event as an attachment to the application? Answer 5 6
Are stab resistant vests eligible for funding? Answer 5 2 6
Are territories eligible to apply for a BCJI grant? Answer 5 4
Are threat level IV vests eligible for funding? Answer 5 6
Are we restricted in how Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds may be used by the jurisdiction? Answer 5 1
As a public safety officer, do I have to “enroll” in the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program to be covered? Answer 5 6
Can a BCJI application propose to address crime issues in more than one neighborhood? Answer 5 4
Can a Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) application be submitted after the close of the nomination period on February 15th? Answer 5 6
Can a jurisdiction buy threat level IV vests for their SWAT team? Answer 5 6
Can a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor application be submitted for an act of valor that is outside the currently published nomination period? Answer 5 6
Can an agency head nominate more than one person, or a group, for the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)? Answer 5 6
Can an agency nominate a law enforcement officer for more than one act of bravery? Answer 5 6
Can I arrange for someone to come to my state/local community to make a presentation on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Can I get copies of the PSOB Information Kit and the Attorney General's Guide to the Hometown Heroes Survivors' Benefits Act for my public safety agency? Answer 5 6
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a jurisdiction? Answer 5 6
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a law enforcement agency? Answer 5 6
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a law enforcement officer? Answer 5 6
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a vest manufacturer/distributor? Answer 5 6
Can individual law enforcement agencies register for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program if the jurisdiction has not yet registered? Answer 5 6
Can more than one person, or a team, be nominated for the Medal of Valor? Answer 5 6
Can used body armor be purchased with BVP funds? Answer 5 6
Can we apply for additional Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds to cover federally-referred cases from previous years? Answer 5 1
Can we apply for the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) more than once in a program year? Answer 5 1
Can we expect additional Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) payments (more than amount requested) this year? Answer 5 1
Can we include officers in the academy in our Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application? Answer 5 6
Can we just replace the trauma plates for vests we already own? Answer 5 6
Can we link to the BVP web page on our own homepage? Answer 5 6
Can we purchase other ballistic equipment such as K9 body armor, ballistic shields and helments through BVP? Answer 5 6
Can we purchase other types of ballistic equipment through this program? Answer 5 6
Can we purchase vests that we did not include in our application? Answer 5 6
Can we use Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds along with the BVP funds to cover the costs of vests? Answer 5 6
Can you apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program more than once in a program year? Answer 5 6
Do I need to send a bank re-verification form with our Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) application? Answer 5 1
Do original or certified birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, etc. have to be submitted when filing a Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program claim? Answer 5 6
Do state agencies have to connect their Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) application with that of other state agencies applying (like State Police) or can each agency apply on their own? Answer 5 6
Do SWAT vests qualify under BVP? Answer 5 6
Do we have to support the eligibility of cases with certificates when applying for Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds? Answer 5 1
Does BCJI require a match? The application states that core program funding will be covered 100 percent for the first 18 months of implementation. After that 18-month period, federal funding is limited to 50 percent of the overall budget costs. Do Answer 5 4
Does the jurisdiction choose which policy options to implement at the end of Phase I, or are these determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
During the planning phase of the BCJI grant, what portion of the overall funding may Category 2 Enhancement Grantees access, $75,000 or $90,000? Answer 5 4
For the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB), how should nominations of officers from multiple agencies, who are involved in a single event, be handled? Answer 5 6
For those states that received PDMP funding to participate in PMP interstate data exchange, can they repurpose the interstate data sharing portion of their enhancement grant award if they adopt a data sharing solution that is not the PMIX hub server? Answer 5 5 8
Have a question about the JAG Program? Answer 5
How are Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program funds distributed? Answer 5 6
How are incidents involving individual verses group nominees considered for the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)? Answer 5 6
How can a nominator confirm that a Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) application has been successfully submitted? Answer 5 6
How can additional information on the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nominee and/or incident be provided? Answer 5 6
How can I become a peer reviewer for BJA? Answer 3
How can I check on the status of a specific death, disability, or education claim that has already been filed with the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program Office? Answer 5 6
How can I find more information on where justice reinvestment work is already underway? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
How can I keep informed about the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nomination process and the award ceremony? Answer 5 6
How can I keep informed about the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination process and the award ceremony? Answer 5 6
How can I learn about training opportunities available to my agency? Answer 2
How can I subscribe to BJA's RSS feed? Answer 1
How detailed should the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) narrative information be? Answer 5 6
How do I dispose of my old vest? Answer 5 6
How do we apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a jurisdiction? Answer 5 6
How do we as a jurisdiction apply for Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funding? Answer 5 1
How do we go about applying for additional funds to cover the less than 50% federal share we received from last year's application? Answer 5 6
How does ballistic-resistant body armor work? Answer 5 6
How does stab and puncture resistant body armor work? Answer 5 2 6
How is armor submitted for testing? Answer 5 6
How long does technical assistance last? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
How long does the body armor last? Answer 5 6
How long will it take to get the funding? Answer
How much funding will our jurisdiction receive? Answer 5 6
How much Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funding will our jurisdiction receive? Answer 5 1
How much time does a public safety officer have to file a Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program disability benefits claim after an officer has suffered a catastrophic, line-of-duty injury that has left him permanently and totally disabled? Answer 5 6
How much time does a survivor have to file a Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program death benefits claim after an officer has died from a line-of-duty injury? Answer 5 6
How should Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) choose their interstate data sharing solution? Answer 5 5 8
How soon must we purchase vests to avoid expiration of Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program funds? Answer 5 6
How will the BVP Program work with our jurisdictions policy of going to the lowest bidder? Answer 5 6
How will the PMIX Architecture be developed? Answer 5 5 8
How will we receive our Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds? Answer 5 1
I am a county executive and within my county there are several smaller towns and villages. Do I coordinate the vest needs and the application process for all jurisdictions within my county's boundaries? Answer 5 6
I'm a correctional officer and I am more interested in a vest that provides stab/puncture protection instead of ballistic protection. What assistance can you provide? Answer 5 6
If the law enforcement agency or the research partner serves as the fiscal agent, must they still submit a letter of support as requested in the BCJI solicitation? Answer 5 4
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, are there issues with supplanting? Answer 5 6
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, can additional funding be expected after the close of the application period? Answer 5 6
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, does the law enforcement agency need to fill out an application? Answer 5 6
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, how can a manufacturer or distributor register? Answer 5 6
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, what is meant by "jurisdiction"? Answer 5 6
In regards to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), does my state/local/tribal community have to participate in Phase I in order to request Phase II assistance? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Is ballistic-resistant armor also stab/puncture resistant (or vice versa)? Answer 5 2 6
Is guidance available on the BJA funding process and the submission of funding applications? Answer 3
Is program evaluation and performance measurement information available? Answer 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Is the intent of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative to focus primarily on jail and/or prison populations and costs? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Is the Justice Reinvestment Initiative a response to the recent economic downturn? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Is there a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) reference for BVP? Answer 5 6
Is there a difference between male and female models of armor? Answer 5 2 6
Is there a requirement on what share of the generated savings are reinvested? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Is there an Interim Final Rule available for BVP? Answer 5 6
May an applicant submit additional letters of support? Answer 5 4
May police departments or research partners serve as fiscal agents? Answer 5 4
May Public Safety Enhancement (PSE) grantees apply for BCJI funding? Answer 5 4
May rural jurisdictions apply for BCJI funding? Answer 5 4
Must every section of the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nomination form be completed? Answer 5 6
Must every section of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination form be completed? Answer 5 6
My organization is interested in linking directly from our web page to the Southewest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) web page. Do you have any requirements or restrictions? Answer 5 1
Our jurisdiction already applied for Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds this year but we have additional needs. Can we apply again? Answer 5 1
Our jurisdiction received less than 50% funding for last year's Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application. Can we re-apply for additional funds to increase this share? Answer 5 6
Related to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, how do I get paid? Answer 5 6
Related to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, will there be a searchable database of jurisdictions and LEAs online? Answer 5 6
Related to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), is there a requirement to change sentencing laws for certain offenses? Answer 5 1 2 4 6 9
Should this proposal be a state-wide initiative or should states be assisting the local governments with submitting grants? Answer 5 4
The BCJI solicitation requests a letter of support from “one community leader.” What is a community leader? Answer 5 4
Under which category would applications from tribal law enforcement agencies be submitted for the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB)? Answer 5 6
We receive funds through the Byrne Block Grants and HIDTA that pay partial salaries for some of our prosecutors. Would we still be eligible for funds through the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) program? Answer 5 1
We think we are interested in participating in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). What do we do now? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
We're going to purchase body armor in the near future. Do you have any adivce or suggestions? Answer 5 6
What are the criteria for choosing a jurisdiction for Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funding? Answer 5 1
What are the criteria for choosing a jurisdiction for Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funding? Answer 5 1
What are trauma plates? Answer 5 6
What can my state/local/tribal community do to increase its chances of being selected for participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
What constitutes a “broader neighborhood revitalizations initiative or redevelopment initiative?” Answer 5 4
What does BJA look for when reviewing grant applications? Answer 3
What does it mean for a local or tribal community to participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
What does it mean for a state to participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
What does technical assistance look like? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
What does the term "Law Enforcement Officer" mean? Answer 5 6
What if my user name and/or password don't work? Answer 5 2 6
What if our jurisdiction contact or banking information changes after we apply for the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI)? Answer 5 1
What is BJA's Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Management? Answer 1 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
What is My BJA? Answer 4
What is NLECTC? Answer 5 6
What is the application deadline for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program? Answer 5 6
What is the application process for Phase I participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
What is the best way to care for body armor? Answer 5 2 6
What is the BVP 50% Hardship Waiver? Answer 5 6
What is the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) application nomination period? Answer 5 6
What is the eligibility time period for acts of bravery submitted under the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) program? Answer 5 6
What is the PMIX Architecture? Answer 5 5 8
What is the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor? Answer 5 6
What is the submission deadline for Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) nominations? Answer 5 6
What is the threshold for crime hot spots? How much crime compared to the overall jurisdiction warrants a high-crime area or hot spot? Answer 5 4
What is the timeline for the development of the PMIX Architecture? Answer 5 5 8
What is the unit price of a vest? Answer 5 6
What is total vest cost? Answer 5 6
What kind of financial assistance is included in an award as a Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Phase II selected site? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
What makes a jurisdiction eligible for participation in the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI)? Answer 5 1
What makes a jurisdiction eligible? Answer 5 6
What makes a law enforcement agency eligible? Answer 5 6
What new technologies have been developed for body armor? Answer 5 2 6
What responsibilities will the CEO have regarding the control and disbursement of federally-provided matching funds? Answer 5 6
What role do the PDMPs have in the development of the PMIX Architecture? Answer 5 5 8
What should I do if I receive an e-mail from the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) which I believe is not for me? Answer 5 1
What type and threat level of armor should I wear? Answer 5 2 6
What type of documentation do we need for the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) application? Answer 5 1
What type of documentation is needed for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application? Answer 5 6
What type of documentation is needed to prove the number of officers needing vests? Answer 5 6
What type of information is needed in order to complete the application for the Medal of Valor? Answer 5 6
What type(s) of vests are being purchased by other jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies participating in this program? Answer 5 6
What types of ballistic resistant material are used to make body armor? Answer 5 2 6
What types of restrictions are in place with respect to the type or composition of cases eligible for Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) payments? Answer 5 1
When funding approval is made which accounts for less than 50% of the requested funds in a jurisdiction's application, who will dtermine how much each individual law enforcement agency within a jurisdiction receives? Answer 5 6
When is this year's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination form due? Answer 5 6
Where can I find definitions for terms such as "public safety officer" and "act of valor" as they relate to the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor? Answer 5 6
Where can I find out information about past Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor awardees? Answer 5 6
Where do I go for help if I have a question that is not in the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) FAQ's? Answer 5 1
Where do we need to submit the bank verification form for our Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds? Answer 5 1
Which ballistic or stab-resistant material is better? Answer 5 2 6
Which manufacturer makes the best body armor? Answer 5 6
Who completes the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application? Answer 5 6
Who completes the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) application process? Answer 5 1
Who is eligible for a BJA grant? Answer 3
Who pays for Justice Reinvestment Initiative technical assistance? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Who provides technical assistance to a local or tribal community? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Who provides technical assistance to a state? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Who tests the armor to determine if it complies with the NIJ Standards? Answer 5 6
Why does BJA’s current policy regarding Harold Rodgers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) funding restrict data sharing activities to those that support the Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX) Hub? Answer 5 5 8
Will BJA allow use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) grant funding in support of grantees’ participation in a data sharing technical solution that is outside of the Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX) Hub? Answer 5 5 8
Will our jurisdiction be subject to audits or inspections if we purchase vest using BVP funds? Answer 5 2 6
Will our jurisdiction be subject to audits or inspections if we receive Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative (SWBPI) funds? Answer 5 1
Will promotional offerings be allowed under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program? Answer 5 6
Will selected Justice Reinvestment sites be evaluated? Answer 5 2 4 6 9
Will the Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Boards accept posthumous nominations? Answer 5 6
Will the Medal of Valor Review Board accept posthumous nominations? Answer 5 6
Will we have to certify that the vests purchased meet the program's guidelines? Answer 5 6
With regard to describing the nature and scope of the crime problem in the program narrative, how much data is required now as opposed to during the planning period when working with a research partner? Answer 5 4
Would a recruit in the police or fire academy be eligible for Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program death benefits if they were killed? Answer 5 6