OJP's Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
On December 18, 2009, OMB issued updates to the guidance on reporting under Recovery Act Section 1512. See OMB's revised guidance on Reporting on Jobs Creation Estimates by Recipients on the OMB website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_2010/m10-08.pdf [PDF, 188K]. The update reflects important simplifications to the manner in which job estimates are calculated and reported.
For more guidance, please visit OJP's Recovery Act Recipient Reporting page.
Assistance Available through the Recovery Act and Administered by OJP:
- The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program - $2 billion
- The Edward Byrne Competitive Grant Program - $225 million
- Assistance for Tribal Law Enforcement (construction of jails on tribal lands) - $225 million
- Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs - $125 million
- Assistance for Law Enforcement along the Southern Border and in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) - $30 million
- Grants for Victim Compensation and Assistance - $100 million
- Grants for Internet Crimes Against Children Initiatives - $50 million
Plans and Reports
The OJP funding listed above is in addition to $1 billion to hire new police officers and $225 million to combat violence against women. For more information on additional Department of Justice grant program opportunities please visit the COPS Office and the Office on Violence Against Women. To learn about the Department of Justice's implementation of the Recovery Act, please visit www.usdoj.gov/recovery.
On March 24, 2010, OJP in cooperation with OVW and COPS, hosted a webinar to provide the most up-to-date guidance on Recovery Act recipient reporting. View the Webinar.