Chapter 144-4 FUNCTIONS AND POWERS
The Council's functions and powers are as provided by law.
|(1)||Fair and Open Grants Act. The provisions of the Fair and Open Grants Act of 1993 (O.C.G.A. §§ 28-5-120 thru 127) govern the award of grants by the Council.|
|(2)||Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest.
|(3)||Requests for Grant Assistance. Any request for the Council to support a grant application or act in the capacity of State Administering Agency in submitting a grant application will require twenty business days' advance notice for Council review and recommendation to the Governor.|
The Council is designated by Executive Order of the Governor as the State Administering Agency for federal grant programs. The Council, in its discretion, may delegate any portion of its review duties to a committee of the Council. The following procedures are implemented by the Council in administering federal grant programs under its purview.
|(1)||Application. The agency shall prepare and submit any application according to prescribed federal guidelines and with the approval and signature of the Director.|
|(2)||Preliminary Allocation Plan. Upon award of federal grant funding, the agency shall recommend to the Council a preliminary allocation plan that incorporates appropriate circumstances and priorities. The Council shall consider the recommendation and approve an allocation plan which will determine the guidelines for a request for proposal (RFP).|
|(3)||Request for Proposal. A request for proposal consistent with the prescribed grant guidelines will detail the grant program, application deadline, eligibility, priorities, procedures for sub-grant application and review process. The agency shall, at a minimum, post notice of the availability of funds and the RFP on its website.|
|(4)||Agency Review and Recommendations. Once the application deadline has passed, each application will be reviewed for completeness, verification of the proposed budget, assurance of project conformance with grant program guidelines and the preliminary allocation plan and confirmation of signatures of authorized officials. The agency shall provide the Council with funding recommendations and supporting documentation.|
|(5)||Council Review and Recommendations. The agency recommendations will be furnished to the Council members at least five business days prior to a meeting at which a vote to award grant funds occurs. The Council may question and discuss any sub-grant application, program or agency recommendation. A vote will be taken on each application individually unless the Council determines that a vote on all recommendations at once or by group is appropriate. A majority of those present will determine the recommendation.|
|(6)||Appeals. Any applicant denied an award may appeal the Council's recommendation by submitting further explanation of its proposal to the Director within ten business days of receipt of notice of the denial. The Council shall review appeals within thirty business days of the appeal deadline, considering any agency recommendation and exigent circumstances, and refer its determinations to the Director for further action.|
|(7)||Governor's Approval. The Director will forward the sub-grant awards recommended by the Council to the Governor for review and approval.|
|(8)||Notice of Award. Following the Governor's approval, the agency shall produce and forward to each sub-grantee an award package that includes required forms, instruction documents and other materials necessary to the grant process.|
|(1)||Grant Monitoring. The agency shall monitor sub-grant programs through financial monitoring of initial and adjusted budgets and review of requests for expenditure; evaluation of compliance with administrative, financial and programmatic guidelines by utilizing desk reviews and on-site audits; and evaluation of program performance in achievement of benchmarks.|
|(2)||Reporting. The agency is responsible for reporting data and information required as a condition of accepting a federal grant award. These reports may include quarterly financial reports of expenditures, cash match funds and program income; individual progress reports that compile sub-grantee program activities; programmatic reports detailing the use of funds during a particular time period and statistical and summary reports of program performance. A sub-grantee that does not meet reporting requirements may be subject to a reduction in funding.|
|(1)||Purpose. The Council promulgates these rules and certifies crime victim assistance programs under the authority granted by O.C.G.A. § 15-21-130, et seq. and O.C.G.A. § 35-6A-4.|
|(2)|| Definitions. For purposes of approving or
certifying crime victim assistance programs, the following terms and phrases
are defined as:
Application for and Evaluation of Program Certification.
|(4)|| Decertification. A program may be
decertified if found to:
|(5)||Certified Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Organizations. Any victim assistance organization that accepts referrals from a law enforcement officer or agency or DFCS pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 15-11-130.1 must be certified by the Council as a certified human trafficking victim assistance organization.|
Distribution and Reporting.
|(1)||Purpose. In accordance with O.C.G.A § 17-15-1 et. seq., the Council acts as the Crime Victims Compensation Board to administer the Crime Victims Emergency Fund. These Rules prescribe policies and procedures in addition to those set forth in O.C.G.A. § 17-15-1, et. seq.|
|(3)|| Members of the Board; Terms
|(4)|| Applications and Decisions by the
|(5)|| Eligibility and Exhaustion of Resources.
Lost Wages/Loss of support
Crime Scene Sanitization ("CSS").
|(9)|| Disposition and Review.
|(1)||Court-ordered restitution that has not been claimed from the collecting authority within two years of the first restitution payment is transferred to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for deposit into the Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund.|
|(2)||Entities that collect restitution must submit a victims' report on a periodic basis, including any restitution amount submitted to the agency for transfer to the Crime Victims Emergency Fund. For each restitution amount, this report must contain, at a minimum: the victim's name, last known address, the date(s) that funds were first available and the case docket number. When there is no restitution amount reported, the report should indicate that there are no restitution transactions for the period.|
|(1)|| FME Eligibility.
|(2)|| FME Billing/Payment Guidelines.
|(1)|| FI Eligibility.