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“Buy America Act”  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated any product (equipment or materials) purchased using NHTSA federal highway safety grant funds must be made or assembled in America (documentation is also required). 

 

 NHTSA may waive Buy America requirement  if (1) the application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the US in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the cost of the overall product by more than 25 percent.  Disqualified products are not eligible for reimbursement.

 

A written request for a waiver consideration for any of the above three identified conditions must be submitted to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) prior to any purchase.  The NOHS will submit a formal written waiver to NHTSA.  NHTSA has estimated that the waiver process will take approximately 90 days from the date of receipt until NHTSA publishes a Federal Register notice. 

 

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MINI-GRANTS

Mini-grant contract applications are available from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) for the items listed below. The mini-grant contract applications, must be approved by the NOHS prior to the applicant incurring any expenditures. A mini-grant is typically for the purchase of a specific item or a short-term (not longer than 30 days) activity. The following explains the mini-grants available, and provides the option to download each specific mini-grant application. After completing the mini-grant applications form it may be mailed or faxed to the NOHS for approval.

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NHTSA BUY AMERICA ACT REQUIREMENT - Click Here for more information

NOTE:  Each item purchased with federal funds MUST meet the following:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated an product (equipment or material) purchased using NHTSA federal highway safety grant funds must be made or assembled in America (documentation is also required).

NHTSA may waive "Buy America" requirement if (1) the application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the U.S.  in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the cost of the overall product by more than 25 percent.  Disqualified products are not eligible.

A written request for a waiver consideration for any of the above three identified conditions must be submitted to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) prior to any purchase. The NOHS will submit a formal written waiver to NHTSA.  NHTSA has estimated that the waiver process will take approximately 90 days from the date of receipt until NHTSA publishes a Federal Register notice.

Failure to comply with the NHTSA Buy America Act will result in denial of reimbursement using federal grant funds. Contact the NOHS at 402-471-2515 if you have questions.

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All applicants being awarded equipment through the NOHS mini-grant process must report the activity generated annually for three (3) years to the NOHS. The activity to be reported will be clearly defined and included with the award letter so the activity can be captured once the piece of equipment is put into service. In the Fall, the NOHS will forward the agency an activity report form to be completed by a specific date and return to the NOHS.

Prior to completing a mini-grant contract; every state, county, community, law enforcement agency, organization, etc. eligible to apply and receive federal funding must read and comply with the guidelines of the Grant Contract Proposal Application Guide and Policies and Procedures.

Click to download the " Grant Contract Proposal Application Guide and Policies and Procedures" document.

Mini-Grant Contract Applications must be submitted for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the activity.

PRELIMINARY BREATH TESTERS (PBT)

Funding assistance for PBTs is available to any law enforcement agency in the State. The units are funded 100% by the NOHS with a limit of six (6) units annually per agency.

Click here to download the PBT Mini-Grant Application. This form contains interactive fields. 

Breath Alcohol Supplies Order Form - Preliminary and evidentiary alcohol breath testing instruments (mouthpieces and evidentiary cards).


RADARS    

NOTE: Grant funding assistance for Radars is presently unavailable until further notice.

Funding assistance for radar units is available to law enforcement agencies in the priority counties. The units are funded at 75% per unit up to a maximum of $900.00 per unit. There is a limit of two (2) units annually per agency.

To view radar units currently on State contract, click here and go to the “Category” drop down menu, scroll down to “Police Equipment & Supplies,” and click on “Submit Query”. All speed measuring device contracts are listed. Click on the contract number to see the specific units for each vendor. Click here to download the Radar Mini-Grant Contract Application. This form contains interactive fields.

 

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IN-CAR CAMERAS  

NOTE: Grant funding assistance for In-Car Cameras is presently unavailable until further notice.

Funding assistance for in-car cameras is available to any law enforcement agency in the State. The digital in-car cameras are funded at either 75% of the cost of the total unit or $3,500.00 per total unit, whichever is the lower cost. There is a limit of 3 (three) in-car cameras annually per agency.

Click here to download the In-Car Camera Digital Mini-Grant Application. This form contains interactive fields.

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NOHS as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

Click here for the interactive Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) form.

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SELECTIVE OVERTIME ENFORCEMENT 

NEW:  All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcements must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST).  Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement.

Funding assistance for selective overtime enforcement is available to law enforcement agencies in the priority counties. The selective overtime activity may be conducted in one of three emphasis areas: speed, alcohol, or general traffic. Overtime salaries and mileage are eligible for reimbursement. All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcement must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST).  Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement.  Applications must be submitted for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of activity.

Click here to download the  Selective Overtime Enforcement Mini-Grant Application. This form contains interactive fields.

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NOHS as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

Click here for the interactive Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) form.

NEW:  The Grant Funded Enforcement Activity Summary must be completed and returned with the reimbursement request. Click here to download the Grant Funded Enforcement Activity Summary. This summary contains interactive fields.

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"UNDERAGE" ALCOHOL-RELATED SELECTIVE OVERTIME ENFORCEMENT

New:  All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcements must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST).  Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement.

Funding assistance for “underage” alcohol-related selective overtime enforcement is available to law enforcement agencies. Eligible funding activities may include: compliance checks, adult procurement initiatives, adult education/program presentations, selective overtime enforcement, and party patrols. Click here for additional information on funding assistance. Overtime salaries and mileage are eligible for reimbursement. All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcement must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST).  Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement.  Applications must be submitted for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of activity.

Click here to download the Selective Overtime Enforcement Mini-Grant Application. This form contains interactive fields.

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of supporting documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued to them. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NOHS as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

Click here for the interactive Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) form.

NEW: The Grant Funded Enforcement Activity Summary must be completed and returned with your reimbursement request. Click here to download the Grant Funded Enforcement Activity Summary form. This form contains interactive fields.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION

Funding assistance for projects that educate the public about traffic safety issues is available to agencies in the priority counties (see below). Activities should focus on one of emphasis areas: alcohol, speed, youth, and occupant protection. Other traffic safety-related areas may be considered based upon supporting crash data.

Click here to download Public Information & Education Mini-Grant Application form. This form contains interactive fields.

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of supporting documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued to them. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NOHS as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

Click here for the interactive Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) form.

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TRAINING / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

NOTE:   Grant funding assistance for trainings/workshops/conferences is presently unavailable until further notice.

Funding assistance for traffic safety professionals to attend traffic safety trainings/workshops /conferences is available to agencies in the priority counties (see below). The NOHS may provide funding assistance for transportation, lodging, and registration fees. All other costs associated with the training/workshop/conference are the responsibility of the applicant.

Click here to download the Traffic Training Support Mini-Grant Application. This form contains interactive fields.

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NOHS as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

Click here for the interactive Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) form.


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FISCAL YEAR 2014 PRIORITY COUNTIES

Through analysis of crash data, the following 23 counties and their communities have been identified as “Priority Counties” for fiscal year 2014 funding:

Adams             Dakota             Gage            Lincoln         Saline           Seward            
Buffalo Dawson Hall Madison Sarpy Washington
Cass Dodge Hamilton Otoe Saunders York
Custer   Douglas Lancaster Platte Scotts Bluff  

 

 

 

 

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