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2.1 Application Process

Financial Analysis

OJP will complete a financial review of your application to ensure that you are financially capable and have the financial integrity to administer Federal funds. As part of this review, OJP will take all of the following steps:

  • Perform a cost analysis of your project.
  • OJP will obtain cost breakdowns, verify cost data, evaluate specific elements of cost, and examine data to determine the necessity, reasonableness, allowability, allocability, and appropriateness of your proposed cost.
  • Review your current indirect cost rates approved by DOJ or rates approved by other Federal agencies.
  • If you do not have an approved rate, you must submit an indirect cost proposal to your cognizant Federal agency.
  • Determine the adequacy of your accounting system and operations to ensure that Federal funds, if awarded, will be expended in a reasonable manner.
  • If you are a nongovernmental organization and you have not received an award from OJP in the past 3 years, then you are required to complete a Financial Capability Questionnaire and submit it to OJP before you can be approved for an award.
  • Review your credit reports, the status of any Federal debt that you may have to ensure you are not delinquent, and other prescreening information, including checking SAM to ensure your organization is not suspended or debarred from receiving Federal funds.