Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The OPSG Program supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Border Patrol (USBP), and local, Tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The OPSG Program funds investments in joint efforts to secure the United States borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders.
OPSG is intended to support Border States and territories in accomplishing the following objectives:
- Increase capability to prevent, protect against, and respond to border security issues;
- Encourage local operational objectives and capabilities to enhance National and State Homeland Security Strategies (such as the Federal Secure Borders Initiative and United States CBP/ BP strategies);
- Increase coordination and collaboration among Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies;
- Continue the distinct capability enhancements required for border security and border protection;
- Provide intelligence-based operations through CBP/BP Sector Level experts to ensure safety and operational oversight of Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies participating in OPSG operational activities;
- Support a request to the Governor to activate, deploy, or redeploy specialized National Guard Units/Packages and/or elements of State law enforcement to increase or augment specialized/technical law enforcement elements operational activities; and
- Continue to increase operational, material and technological readiness of State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies.
OPSG funds must be used to increase operational capabilities of Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement, promoting a layered, coordinated approach to law enforcement within United States Border States and territories.
It is recommended that Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial partners establish and maintain an OPSG IPT with representation from all participating law enforcement agencies, co-chaired by representatives from CBP/BP, the SAA, and participating law enforcement agencies OPSG program representatives
History of Funding
The FY16 allocation to the Operation Stonegarden program was $55,000,000.
Funding under OPSG is distributed based on the risk to the security of the border. Final funding allocations are determined by the Secretary, who may consider information and input from various law enforcement offices or subject matter experts within the Department. Factors considered include, but are not limited to: threat, vulnerability, miles of border, and other border-specific law enforcement intelligence, as well as feasibility of FY 2016 Operation Orders to designated localities within the United States Border States and territories.
Awards can be made to State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) of Border States. The SAA must pass through 100% of OPSG allocations to eligible jurisdictions. State agencies, local and Tribal law enforcement agencies that are located along the border of the United States may apply to states for sub-grants.
SAAs will apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by April 2017. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.
Up to $55,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY 2017. Awards will last for 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.
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