U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Financial Guide 2006 - Part III - Chapter 2: Period of Availability of Funds

Highlights of Chapter

  • Redesignation of Fund Year
  • Availability of Awards
  • Obligation of Funds
  • Expenditure of Funds
  • Award Extension Criteria

Redesignation of Fund Year

States are prohibited from changing their block/formula awards and their related obligations and expenditures from one Federal fiscal year to another.

Availability of Awards

Block/formula grants administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) are awarded for the Federal fiscal year of the appropriation plus two additional Federal fiscal years.

Formula grants administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) are available for the fiscal year of the award plus three additional fiscal years.

Discretionary awards made by OJP offices and bureaus are awarded for a specified time, and a particular award period is established for each award (usually 12 or 18 months).

Obligation of Funds

An obligation occurs when funds are encumbered, such as in a valid purchase order or requisition to cover the cost of purchasing an authorized item on or after the begin date and up to the last day of the grant period in the award. Any funds not properly obligated by the recipient within the grant award period will lapse and revert to the awarding agency. The obligation deadline is the last day of the grant award period unless otherwise stipulated. (Example: If the award period is 10/1/05 to 9/3006, the obligation deadline is 9/30/06 ). Block/formula grantees and subgrantees must complete performance during the obligation period. Performance as a result of a contract under a block/formula grant may be completed during the expenditure period not to exceed 90 days after the end date of the grant.

No additional obligations can be incurred after the end of the grant.

Expenditure of Funds

Block, formula, and discretionary funds which have been properly obligated by the end of the award period will have 75 days in which to be liquidated (expended). Any funds not liquidated at the end of the 75-day period will lapse and revert to the awarding agency, unless a grant adjustment notice extending the liquidation period has been approved. (Example: If the award period is October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006, the expenditure deadline is December 14, 2006).

Note: For LLEBGs, all Federal funds including interest, revenue, dividend, and match must be spent within 2 years (24 months) from the date the grant payment is made to the jurisdiction. There are no extensions of the obligation/expenditure period of the award. LLEBG recipients will receive a grant adjustment notice (GAN) that will identify both the obligation and expenditure periods. A GAN will indicate the appropriate 24-month obligation/expenditure period of an award.

Award Extension Criteria

Requests for a no-cost extension of a grant period must be submitted through the Grant Management System (GMS). Grantees are to use the grant adjustment notice (GAN) module in GMS to request the extension.

Block, formula, and discretionary awards (except for Victims Compensation and Assistance funds) may be awarded an extension of the obligation date in response to the GAN request. The request for extension must state the need for the extension and indicate the additional time required. The GAN should be submitted within the following time frame:

  • Block/Formula Awards: 90 calendar days before the end date of the award.

Note: Byrne Formula awards have new requirements to request extensions. The recipient should contact the BJA grant advisor for the additional requirements.

  • Discretionary Awards: 90 calendar days before the end date of the award.

The extension allowable for any project period is generally 12 months, and requests for retroactive extension of project periods will not be considered. Generally, only one extension per award will be permitted. Application for an extension of the obligation period of a program or set of programs beyond 12 months must be justified by extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the recipient and subrecipient.

Extensions will be considered only if the EXTENSION CRITERIA established below are met by the recipient at the time the request for the extension of the obligation deadline is submitted to the awarding agency for approval. Modifications of the general extension policy stated above are at the discretion of the awarding agency. Extension of the expenditure deadline date is allowable for all awards (including Victims Compensation and Assistance) upon e-mail notification that the submission of the request through the GAN module in GMS was approved by the awarding agency.

The criteria for extending the obligation or expenditure deadline for a project, program, or set of programs include the following:

  1. Reports. There must be on file with the awarding agency current and acceptable Progress Reports, if applicable to the grant, and current and acceptable Financial Status Reports, SF 269As, and all identified financial issues must be resolved.
  2. Special Conditions. All special conditions attached to the award must be satisfied, except for those conditions that must be fulfilled in the remaining period of the award. This also includes the performance and resolution of audits in a timely manner.
  3. Extraordinary Circumstances Justification. A narrative justification must be submitted with the project or program extension request. Complete details must be provided, including the justification and the extraordinary circumstances which require the proposed extension. Explain the effect of a denial of the request on the project or program.
  4. Approval. The awarding agency is expected to take action on any proposed extension request within 15 working days after receipt of the request.
  5. Extension Avoidance. To avoid the need to make a request to extend the obligation or expenditure deadline of a block/formula program, all subawards should be made at least 6 months prior to the end of the obligation deadline for the award.

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