Category Archive: Nonprofit Security Grants

Another stopgap measure? Draft your responses now.

Posted on March 17, 2011
Pressure is growing in Congress for House and Senate leaders to resolve their differences on a long-term spending bill for FY2011. 
The sixth and likely final short-term stop-gap spending measure (Continuing Resolution) for FY2011 is expected to be approved and signed into law by the President by the end of this week.  It will remain in effect until April 8th.
The parties appear to be about $30 billion apart on spending cuts for FY2011.  They will need to bridge this gap during the 3 weeks allotted for in the CR.  Once the President signs the bill there probably will be an abbreviated application period for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. We are, therefore, advising interested communities and institutions to take advantage of the pending 3-week period to complete or update required risk assessments and to draft initial application responses, utilizing last year’s (FY2010) program guidance. We want to ensure that people optimize their drafting time and minimize the potential down time that might occur during the Passover Holiday.
The Jewish Federations of North America and JCRC have both established web sites with last year’s guideline materials for your immediate use.  We shall update these materials and post new ones, as additional details regarding the specific FY2011 guidelines become available.  Modifications can always be made to draft applications once the FY2011 guidelines are published by the Department of Homeland Security.

Still no budget, still no grant process

Posted on March 10, 2011

Rob Goldberg’s latest budget and appropriations activities update:
The current fiscal year (FY2011) budget remains unfinished — a delay of nearly 6 months and counting.  Until the process is completed, the Department of Homeland Security will not commence the next round of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  Through the current temporary spending measure that is in place, which expires on March 18, the NSGP program is being funded at $19 million.  However, this amount could change as the process remains fluid.
Once the FY2011 appropriations are finalized for FY2011, we expect that the Department of Homeland Security will move within 30 days to implement the state and local grant programs at whatever levels of funding are allocated, including the NSGP program.  At this speed, it would be prudent for likely applicants to have the required vulnerability assessments completed ahead of time.  Attached is a memo that provides information on the scope of eligible equipment (target hardening improvements and training) permitted as of FY2010, and the critical risk-related information/details that should be incorporated into the risk assessment, for grant drafting and scoring purposes.
Budget/Appropriations Update:
The Senate voted yesterday on 2 versions of a year-end funding measure (Continuing Resolution or CR) for FY2011. One, the House-passed Republican proposal (HR 1), would cut nearly $60 billion in spending.  The other, a Senate Democratic proposal, would cut less than $5 billion. Both measures were rejected, as expected. The GOP bill failed 44-56 and the Democratic alternative was defeated 42-58. These were intended at test votes to jump start negotiations.
By rejecting the House bill and with difficult negotiations ahead, the House is preparing another short term Continuing Resolution, which will be posted tomorrow.  The draft is expected to extend federal government operations for another 3 week period and include $6 billion in discretionary spending cuts.  The cuts would add to the $4 billion in cuts already made in the current CR, adding further budget distance between the parties and the chambers.
Earlier this week, the Administration indicated that the President would not support more than one additional short term funding extension, adding the prospect for a government shut down should Congress fail to finalize FY2011 appropriations over the next month. The President supports substantial spending cuts, but is publicly vague on the specifics of the cuts he would support.
Moving forward, Senate Democrats are expected to press for broadening the cuts to include mandatory spending programs, as well as revenue increasing measures.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), has dismissed these strategies.

Nonprofit Security Grant Update III

Rob Goldberg of the Washington Office of JFNA explains:

As many of you know, the President published his budget recommendations for the fiscal year 2012 budget cycle, which begins October 1st.  With this measure, Congress commences its consideration of the budget and appropriations processes for the session.  Meanwhile, Congress has not yet completed work on the current FY2011 appropriations, leaving the Nonprofit Security Grant Program in limbo (along with many other federally funded programs).

Consequently, the federal government, since October 1, 2010, has been operating under temporary spending measures called Continuing Resolutions (CRs).  The current CR expires on March 4th.  Ahead of this deadline, Republican leaders of the House of Representatives have drafted a long-term CR that they will bring to the floor for consideration this week.  The CR would fund the federal government for the remaining 7 months of the fiscal year at nearly $60 billion below actual FY2010 spending levels and at $100 billion below the President’s budget request for FY2011.  The draft CR, in conjunction with an earlier CR that expired in December 2010, would fund the Nonprofit Security Program at $19 million.  This is the same amount we were able to secure for the program in FY2010, and $5 million above the FY2009 funding level. 
The draft CR is expected to pass the House when it comes to a vote.  However, it is also believed that the measure will receive stiff opposition from the Democratic majority when it reaches the Senate body.  In the event that the Senate passes a widely disparate version of the CR that cannot be easily reconciled with the House body, or the Senate simply fails to pass the CR at all, Congress will face a significant dilemma.  It will have to agree to pass an additional short term CR that would provide more time for a consensus measure to be reached between the chambers, or it will face the possibility of allowing for a government shut down when the current CR expires on March 4th.  Often under such time pressures, Congress finds the comity necessary to achieve workable solutions.  In this case, the FY2011 funding impasse presents an early and potentially devastating challenge for the newly divided Congress to overcome.
So, the fate of the NSGP allocation for FY2011 remains tide to the overall resolution of the outstanding appropriations process for FY2011, under conditions where a showdown in Congress is expected in a matter of days. We will continue to work to ensure that the NSGP allocation remains in tact, in accordance with our significant efforts to protect federal social services funding streams of critical importance to the Federation movement.

JCRC Testifies at NYS Nonprofit Security Hearing

JCRC Associate Executive Director David Pollock appeared at a hearing on December 15th and commented on the Non-Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study currently being conducted by the New York State Office of Homeland Security. He observed that, “. . . creating a culture of security and preparedness at Jewish organizations must be a priority. I must report that the results are decidedly mixed, ranging from indifference and denial on one extreme, to remarkable engagement on the other. Security is sometimes costly and inevitably inconvenient. Institutions with a culture of security and preparedness readily make the sacrifice and take the appropriate measures. Most organizations “get it”, and have taken identifiable steps to safeguard themselves, their constituencies and their physical assets. However, too many have done too little. Everyone need more help.” Read the full testimony here.