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NOTICE OF INTENT to award funds to the Department of Corrections

January 19, 2021 -

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is responsible for administering the federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP) on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The CESFP is aimed at preventing, preparing for, and/or responding to the Coronavirus. EOPSS OGR intends to award $32,000 in federal CESFP funds to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC) for the emergency project of the Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Education Program throughout the DOC facilities. These funds supplement DOC’s existing CESFP award.

The DOC oversees the state prison system, managing inmates at 16 institutions across the state. DOC's primary purpose is the care and custody of the inmate population.  In doing so, DOC is required under MGL to keep inmates and staff safe from all hazards such as COVID-19. As a whole, the agency has over 5000 staff members and vendor employees reporting to 16 facilities. The Massachusetts DOC continues to take unprecedented steps to prevent COVID-19 introduction or transmission in their facilities, and will now focus on efficient rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination. DOC leadership, staff, and the contracted medical provider, Wellpath, are focused on reducing, to the greatest degree possible, the potential impact of this virus on inmates, staff and others within all facilities. DOC will be using these additional funds over an estimated 6-month period. The anticipated project date for the additional will be January 19, 2021.

For questions about this Notice of Intent, please email Kevin Stanton, OGR Executive Director at Kevin.Stanton@mass.gov.

Notice of Intent to Award funds to the Massachusetts Commonwealth Fusion Center

January 4, 2021 - The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) intends to award the Massachusetts Commonwealth Fusion Center (CFC) $15,000 of FFY18/FFY19 State Homeland Security Program funding for the See Something / Say Something project.

These funds will support the See Something / Say Something campaign, which will increase awareness of the indicators of terrorism, terrorism-related crimes, and other suspicious activity across the Commonwealth. The CFC will lead this endeavor via dissemination of printed materials and training to Massachusetts residents, and other partners/stakeholders.

The expected grant period will be January 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2021.

NOTICE OF INTENT to award funds to the Massachusetts State Police

December 30, 2020 - 

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is responsible for administering the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The JAG Program is the leading federal source of criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions to support promising programs that reduce crime and positively impact communities. EOPSS OGR intends to award a total of $214,015 in federal FY19 JAG funds to the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) to fund the extension of the video equipment and software for the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) and the construction of a Training House.

MSP is the statewide law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth, comprised of five operational divisions: Field Services, Investigative Services, Standards and Training, Homeland Security, and Administration and Finance. MSP staff facilitate and maintain investigative, tactical and support units throughout the state. MSP regularly partners with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on investigations, operations, and training to make Massachusetts a safer place for all. $144,015 of the funds from this grant will be allocated towards the HSOC project for the purchase of additional cameras and corresponding software and $70,000 for a modular training house designed by SIMTEK Modular, LLC that can be used to enhance current and firearms related training for Department members and recruits.  This training house is up to 2,400 square feet and can be configured in a variety of layouts with minimal effort.  This product is for use with Simunition equipment only and has no ballistic capabilities.   

The anticipated project start date will be February 1, 2021 with an end date of June 30, 2021.

Please submit any comments regarding this Notice to Jim Houghton, Administrative Officer IV via email at James.Houghton@mass.gov

NOTICE OF INTENT to award Project Safe Neighborhoods Funds to the Massachusetts State Police

December 2, 2020

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a Department of Justice nationwide violent-crime reduction initiative coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys Offices (USAOs). PSN brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address those issues.

In collaboration with the PSN Selection Committee and the USAO for the District of Massachusetts, and with approval from the Department of Justice, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) intends to award the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) $144,300.00 in federal FY19 PSN grant funds to purchase Shadow Dragon Social Media Analytics software.

The MSP will purchase 10 user licenses and will disseminate the licenses to PSN partners, as follows: (2) licenses to Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fusion Center; (1) license to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Correction; (1) license to the USAO for the District of Massachusetts; (1) license to the City of Boston; (1) license to the City of Brockton; (1) license to the City of New Bedford; (1) license to the City of Lawrence; (1) license to the City of Springfield; (1) license to the City of Worcester. The price of the software licenses is guaranteed to remain the same over three years of service.

The Shadow Dragon product provides equal access to the system for users and generates monthly reports on usage, as defined by the number of queries run by users. Users will have private accounts and will also have the ability to share data of their choosing when creating graphs within Socialnet and Maltego and exporting those graphs for sharing among other users. One-day user training will be provided to each site’s analysts. The anticipated project start date will be January 1, 2021.

Please submit any comments regarding this Notice to Jim Houghton, Senior Program Manager, via email at James.Houghton@mass.gov

Notice of Intent to Award Homeland Security Grant Funds

October 21, 2020 - The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research (OGR) intends to award the following Massachusetts State Agencies:

Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020

  • $   861,465.04 dollars in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds
  • $1,665,478.95 dollars in Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funds

 

Combined, these funds will support the following:

 

Agency/Project

Award

Department of Corrections – Automatic License Plate Readers

$71,853

Department of Fire Services – Mobile Testing Vehicle; Incident Support Trailer

$825,000

MA Convention Center Authority – Cybersecurity Enhancements for Operational Readiness

$150,000

MA Cyber Center – Statewide Cybersecurity Conference for Municipalities

$115,272

 

MA Office of Disability (MOD) – Emergency Preparedness Program for Persons with Disabilities 

$125,500

 

MA Port Authority (Fire Rescue) – Active Shooter Hostile Event Training Program

$74,750

MA State Police – Airborne Life Safety Equipment Replacement; Portable Video Surveillance System

$214,568.99

MA State Police – Commonwealth Fusion Center; Critical Infrastructure Program

$950,000

 

The expected SHSP and UASI grant period will span the dates November 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2023.

 

Notice of Intent to Award Funds to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (on behalf of the Homeland Security Councils)

October 21, 2020 - The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research intends to award the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC):

 

Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020

  • $5,384,800 in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds.

 

Combined, these funds will support the following entities: 

 

Agency / Regional Council

Award

Northeast Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council

 $  1,538,248.89

Southeast Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council

 $  1,288,098.01

Central Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council

 $  1,042,551.13

Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council

 $  1,246,661.97

 

With this award, MAPC will administer funds for the Regional Homeland Security Councils. Regional Homeland Security Council awards will promote regional homeland security projects and initiatives. MAPC will receive a total of $269,240 to perform “fiscal Agent” services for the regions. Regional projects supported with these funds take a multi-disciplinary approach. Many of these projects encompass the needs of several jurisdictions. These emergency management initiatives include:

  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Training
  • Equipment purchases
  • Exercises

The expected SHSP grant period will span the dates November 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023.

 

Notice of Intent to Award Funds to the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region

October 21, 2020 - The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research intends to award the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region

 

Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020

  • $13,520,000 in Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funds.

 

The Office of Emergency Management, City of Boston, manages this region.  These funds will support the coordinated efforts of multidisciplinary projects proposed by several agencies. Such emergency management initiatives include:

  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Training
  • Equipment purchases
  • Exercises

The expected UASI grant period will span the dates November 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023.

 

Massachusetts submitted the FFY 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program application, submitted to DHS. The application contained this proposal.

For questions about this Notice of Intent, please email Kevin Stanton, OGR Executive Director at kevin.stanton@mass.gov

NOTICE OF INTENT to award Nonprofit Security Grant Funds

September 9, 2020

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research (OGR) intends to award the following Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations for security-related activities to enhance their ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks:

Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020

  • $1,661,010.00 in Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) funds.

Grant Awardees

As approved by the federal government, the following organizations are receiving an award:

NSGP-USAI - Applicants FEMA Award
Cathedral Church of St. Paul $ 18,998
Temple Beth Zion $ 100,000
The Vilna Shul, Boston Center for Jewish Culture  $ 89,303
Torah Academy Inc. $ 100,000
Total $ 308,301
NSGP-State - Applicants FEMA Award
Center for Jewish Life Arlington-Belmont (CJLAB) $ 100,000
Chabad Lubavitch Inc. $ 100,000
Chabad Lubavitch Torah Center Inc. a.k.a. Chabad Ctr. of Sharon $ 100,000
Congregation Beth Israel Ashei Litte $ 87,000
Eastern States Exposition $ 99,410
Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston $ 97,314
Merrimack Valley Lubavitch Inc. $ 100,000
Or Atid Conservative Jewish Association $ 72,590
Rashi School, INC. $ 100,000
Shaloh House Chabad of the South Area $ 100,000
Shirat Hayam of the North Shore $ 96,395
Temple Israel of Natick $ 100,000
The Sephardic Congregation of Newton, Inc. (SCN) $ 100,000
Young Israel of Sharon, Inc. $ 100,000
Total: $ 1,352,709

For questions about this Notice of Intent, please email Kevin Stanton at Kevin.Stanton@mass.gov

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