DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

[Notice No. 875]

The Gang Resistance and Education Training Program: Availability

of Financial Assistance, Criteria and Application Procedures

AGENCY: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Department of

the Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of availability of funds for financial assistance to

State and local law enforcement agencies providing or desiring to

provide the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, intended

funding priorities, and application procedures.

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SUMMARY: Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Bureau of

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) intends to enter into cooperative

agreements with State and local law enforcement agencies to assist them

in providing the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)

Program. This notice also sets forth the intended funding priorities

and the criteria and application procedures that ATF will use to select

and award State and local law enforcement agencies Federal funds to

provide the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

DATES: Applications must be received on or before July 9, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Send applications to G.R.E.A.T. Branch; Bureau of Alcohol,

Tobacco and Firearms; P.O. Box 50418; Washington, DC 20091-0418; ATTN:

Notice No. 875.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Scott, G.R.E.A.T. Branch, Bureau

of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, P.O. Box 50418, Washington, DC 20091-

0418 (1-800-726-7070); or by sending electronic mail (E-mail) to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website at

www.atf.gov/great/great.htm.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

G.R.E.A.T. is a gang prevention program designed to educate the

youth about the dangers associated with joining street gangs and

participating in violent crime. It functions as a cooperative program

that utilizes the skills of ATF, Federal, State and local law

enforcement personnel, as well as individuals from the community and

civic groups. The G.R.E.A.T. Program trains police officers to provide

instruction to grade and middle school aged children in gang prevention

and anti-violence techniques. Training may be provided to any Federal,

State, or local law enforcement agency, to the extent allocated funds

allow. G.R.E.A.T. consists of three major phases:

Phase I School-Based Education

Phase II Summer Education/Intervention

Phase III Parent Involvement

Although the primary focus of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is Phase I,

applicants who are selected for financial assistance will be required

to develop programs tailored to their respective communities for Phases

II and III.

Application Procedures

Application for financial assistance must be made on ATF Form

6410.1 (Gang Resistance Education and Training Funding Application).

Application forms may be obtained by contacting James Scott, G.R.E.A.T.

Branch, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, P.O. Box 50418,

Washington, DC 20091-0418 (1-800-726-7070). E-mail address:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website at

www.atf.gov/great/great.htm.

Funding Categories and Funding Distributions

In order to provide funding to a range of community sizes and

locations, the applicants will be divided into five categories based on

population. These categories will consist of populations: (A) 1,000,000

and over; (B) 500,000-999,999; (C) 100,000-499,999; (D) 25,000- 99 ,999;

(E) 24,999 or less. Each applicant will be required to report its

population figures by using the Bureau of Census State Population

Report for its entire service area. The population figures may be

obtained from the Census Bureau's website at: www.census.gov/

population/www/estimates or contacting the Census Bureau at 301-457-

2422. After the applications are evaluated, each applicant will be

ranked against the other applicants in its category. The funds will

then be awarded in descending order until the funding available in each

category is exhausted.

Criteria and Points

Each application will be evaluated and scored on the basis of the

following criteria: (1) Juvenile crime statistics--50 points; (2)

Percentage of middle school students proposed to be taught and have

been taught--20 points; (3) Percentage of elementary school students

proposed to be taught--5 points; (4) Agency commitment--15 points; (5)

Other--10 points.

Criterion 1 (Juvenile Crime Statistics)

There are two application categories for Criterion 1, 1:A and 1:B.

The categories distinguish between applicants who have participated in

the G.R.E.A.T. Program or any other school-based prevention program

since 1992 (such as D.A.R.E.) and those who have not. Applicants who

have not participated in the G.R.E.A.T. Program or any other school-

based prevention program must apply using Criterion 1:A. Applicants who

have completed a year or more of the G.R.E.A.T. Program or any other

school-based prevention program, have a choice of applying under

Criterion 1:A or 1:B. The maximum value for Criterion 1 will be 50

points.

1:A. Criterion 1:A is designed to measure the magnitude of an

applicant's youth crime problem. This criterion will utilize the

Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for the United States that are published

annually by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The total

juvenile crime figures that will be used are the parts I and II

offenses reported in the most recent UCR. The parts I and II offenses

that are reported in the UCR are enumerated and defined in Appendix II

of the UCR. In the event that an applicant does not provide annual data

to the FBI for purposes of the UCR, the applicant should contact the

G.R.E.A.T. Branch to determine how it can best submit information to

measure its youth crime statistics. ATF will obtain the juvenile crime

figures directly from the FBI. An applicant must indicate which service

area (i.e., city, county, etc.) ATF should use to obtain their juvenile

crime figures. An applicant will receive a score based on its total

juvenile crime figures, as reported by the most recent UCR. Scores will

be calculated by dividing the applicant's reported population into the

total juvenile crime figures reported in the most recent UCR.

1:B. Criterion 1:B is designed to measure a change in an

applicant's youth crime problem since using G.R.E.A.T. or other school-

based prevention programs. This criterion will also utilize the UCR, as

outlined in criterion 1:A. An applicant must indicate which service

area (i.e., city, county, etc.) ATF should use to obtain their juvenile

crime figures. An applicant will receive a score based on a comparison

of its total juvenile crime figures, as reported by the UCR that

immediately preceded the applicant's initial participation in the

G.R.E.A.T. Program or other school-based prevention program since 1992

to the most recent UCR. Scores will be

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calculated by the percentage of decrease in the juvenile crime figures

revealed by the most recent UCR.

Criterion 2

This criterion will measure middle school participation and

consists of two sections, Section A and Section B.

Section A. An applicant will receive points based on the percentage

of middle school students proposed to be taught G.R.E.A.T. compared to

the total population of middle school students in the jurisdiction. The

maximum value for this criterion will be 10 points.

Section B. An applicant will receive points based on the percentage

of middle school students that were taught G.R.E.A.T. in the last

school year compared to last year's total population of middle school

students. The maximum value for this criterion will be 10 points.

Criterion 3

This criterion will measure elementary school participation. An

applicant will receive points based on the percentage of elementary

school students proposed to be taught G.R.E.A.T. compared to the total

population of elementary school students in the jurisdiction. The

maximum value for this criterion will be 5 points (the point value is

limited to 5 points because the current focus of the G.R.E.A.T. Program

is for middle school-aged children).

Criterion 4

This criterion will measure the applicant's commitment to the

G.R.E.A.T. Program and consists of two sections, Section A and Section

B.

Section A. This section will compare the total officer staff-hours

currently spent teaching the G.R.E.A.T. Program (to include classroom

time, preparation, parent programs, and the summer component) in

relation to the applicant's total full-time, officer staff. The total

value for this section shall be 10 points.

Section B. This section will be weighed according to the

applicant's plans to create or expand its current program. An applicant

will estimate the total additional staff-hours that it plans to spend

on the program in the next fiscal year through training additional

officers, devoting additional staff-hours using existing G.R.E.A.T.

officers, or both. The total planned increase in staff-hours will be

scored to a maximum of 5 points.

Criterion 5

This criterion will be used to measure other relevant factors. For

this criterion, a maximum of 10 points will be awarded for meeting one

or more of the following: (1) The applicant has developed and

demonstrated a model for a parent program, summer program, after-school

program, or community partnership; (2) The applicant has participated

in G.R.E.A.T. sponsored workshops or seminars, or supplied National

Training Team members for G.R.E.A.T. officer training; (3) The

applicant has previously expressed and documented an interest in

funding support; or (4) The applicant can demonstrate a geographic

significance for the expansion of the G.R.E.A.T. Program in its area.

Tiebreaker

Because all available funds are to be distributed in descending

order until exhausted, the potential exists for a value point tie for

communities competing for the last remaining funds. In order to

distribute funds fairly, tied agencies will be ranked according to

their total scores from Criterion I.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The collection of information contained in this notice has been

approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance

with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) under control

number 1512-0548.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required

to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of

information displays a valid OMB control number.

Authority: This notice is issued pursuant to Office of

Management and Budget Circular No. A-102 (Grants and Cooperative

Agreements with State and Local Governments).

Approved: May 18, 1999.

John W. Magaw,

Director.

[FR Doc. 99-13025 Filed 5-21-99; 8:45 am]

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