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**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is in the midst of transitioning to both a new grant management system and a new payment system. As a result, DOJ's current systems are off-line and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is unable to submit payment requests. Please be advised, while subgrantees may continue to submit claims for reimbursement in SIMON, claims will not be approved until DOJ's new system is operational and FDLE is able to draw down federal grant funds. FDLE will continue reviewing all claims submitted in SIMON to approve as quickly as possible when the new systems go online. DOJ has announced both systems will be operational on October 15, 2020. For more information on DOJ's new systems, please visit their website at https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/.
 

Overview

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG) serves as the State Administering Agency (SAA) for various federal grant programs awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP). OCJG secures, distributes and manages federal grant funds for Florida’s criminal justice community. In addition to federal funds, OCJG also administers state grants for pass-through to local law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, and some non-profits, as appropriated by the Florida Legislature.

Structure

OCJG is divided between two units – the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) unit and the Criminal Justice Initiatives (CJI) unit. With Florida’s award for the JAG program generating an excess of 300 subawards each year, the JAG unit is set up solely to administer JAG-based programs, including the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) funds. The CJI unit administers all other non-JAG federal programs and all state financial assistance projects.

Services

The Office of Criminal Justice Grants aids recipients in managing their subawards. OCJG provides assistance during the application and project development phase to ensure the proposed project is allowable under the federal program. OCJG also serves recipients post-award by sending reminders of upcoming deadlines and assisting with the submission of required reports. Additionally, OCJG is responsible for ensuring recipients receive the training and technical assistance required to manage their projects.