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Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    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. 

    In developing applications for OPSG, recipients are encouraged to consider national areas identified for improvement including: (1) Projects that address emerging threats, including cybersecurity; and (2) Projects that enable continuous operation of critical business and government functions including those essential to human health, safety, and/or economic security.


    History of Funding

    The FY2019 allocation to the Operation Stonegarden program was $90,000,000.

    Additional Information

    Public safety entities may request funding to enhance their FirstNet operational capabilities using broadband technology may seek grant funding to support the following:

    • Planning for integration of information technology (IT) infrastructure, software, and site upgrades necessary to connect to FirstNet.
    • Handheld broadband devices including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, wearables, push-to-talk (PTT) devices.
    • Vehicle-mounted or otherwise field operated data devices such as ruggedized laptops.
    • Network access devices including portable Wi-Fi devices, Universal Serial Bus (USB) modems/dongles, trunk-mounted modems, routers.
    • Customer Owned and Managed (COAM) broadband deployable equipment, enabling public safety to own and dispatch coverage expansion or capacity enhancement equipment within their jurisdiction.
    • Broadband device accessories that enable efficient and safe public safety operations such as headsets, belt clips, ear pieces, remote Bluetooth sensors, ruggedized cases.
    • Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs)/Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICCs) to allow public safety users to update existing devices to operate on public safety prioritized services.
    • One-time purchase and subscription-based applications for public safety use which could include, among a number of other options, enterprise mobility management (EMM), mobile device management (MDM), mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN), identify services, or cloud service tools. 

    As FirstNet is built out in all 56 states and territories and coverage and capacity for first responders expands, recipients are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and FirstNet on (1) the planning, deployment timelines, and operational availability of the network deployment within a specific state or territory; (2) to ensure the project does not conflict with network planning efforts; and (3) that the project complies with all technical requirements.


    Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID)

    Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID)
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (800) 368-6498

  • Eligibility Details

    Awards are 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 then apply to states for sub-grants. Subrecipients eligible to apply for funding from their SAA are divided into three tiers:

    • Tier 1 entities are entities on a physical border in states bordering Canada, states bordering Mexico, and states and territories with international water borders. 
    • Tier 2 entities are those not located on the physical border or international water but are contiguous to a Tier 1 county. 
    • Tier 3 entities are those not located on the physical border or international water but are contiguous to a Tier 2 eligible subrecipient. 

    Deadline Details

    SAAs were to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by April 30, 2020. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.  

    Award Details

    Up to $90,000,000 is available in total funding for FY2020. OPSG funds are allocated based on the risk to the security of the border. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting September 1, 2020.

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