Securing the Cities (STC) Program

Quick Facts

Due DateMay 20, 2014 (Tuesday)
Award AmountUp to $ 5,600,000
Category of Funding ActivityDisaster Prevention and Relief
Eligible Applicants
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others - The STC Program requires a regional approach to rad/nuc detection to reduce risk to major metropolitan regions. The effort covered by this announcement focuses on the following eight Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) regions: Bay Area, CA; Boston Area, MA; Chicago Area, IL; Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, TX; Houston Area, TX; National Capital Region, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Area, PA; and San Diego Area, CA. The New York City, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Jersey City/Newark UASI regions were covered by separate STC Program Funding Opportunity Announcements and are not eligible for this announcement.

Program Description

The Securing the Cities (STC) Program seeks to reduce the risk of a successful deployment of a nuclear terrorist weapon against a major metropolitan regions in the United States by establishing sustainable capability among state, local, and tribal agencies to detect and report unauthorized radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) materials within their jurisdictions supporting the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA). The STC Program has three primary goals: (1) to enhance regional capabilities to detect, identify and interdict nuclear materials that are out of regulatory control; (2) to guide the coordination of Federal, State, local and tribal entities in their roles defined by the GNDA; and (3) to encourage participants to sustain base nuclear detection program over time. To accomplish these goals, the DNDO developed the following objectives: Objective 1: Assist State, local and tribal governments in developing local nuclear detection architectures resulting in awareness, training, technical support, exercises and capability development. DNDO will use a common strategy in each STC implementation tailored for the particular requirements of that area. This strategy will put in place a comprehensive structure for developing all architectural elements and will encompass all elements of capability development. Objective 2: Establish information connectivity among deployed detection systems in the interior layer and State, local, tribal, private and regional data analysis centers, to include connectivity for technical Reachback and adjudication support. Information exchange is critical to reducing the risk of any terrorist attack. An Operations Plan (OPLAN) will document coordination practices among partners and with DNDO. Additionally, an Information Exchange Plan will ensure that proper and effective information sharing practices and policies are institutionalized within the region with respect to the STC Program. Objective 3: Establish administrative infrastructure to support nuclear detection program. DNDO will play a major role during STC implementations to set up the managing structures that will allow the partners to develop a self-supporting program with limited Federal assistance. Objective 4: Establish coordination mechanisms between stakeholders for routine daily operations and focused/stepped up deployments. An OPLAN that has concurrence from all principal STC partners is the key document defining coordination within and outside the region. Assistance provided through this STC SFOA will allow the stakeholders to establish or enhance a sustainable regional nuclear detection program. DHS intends to support State and local operations for nuclear detection through a three-phased STC Program that provides for the implementation of nuclear detection capabilities in eligible UASI regions. See Appendix 1, Section A, STC Program Phases. Subject to funding availability and acceptable performance, DNDO may execute the STC Program concurrently in other regions in and around major metropolitan regions.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberDHS-14-DNDO-106-001
Funding Opportunity TitleSecuring the Cities (STC) Program
Opportunity CategoryDisaster Prevention and Relief
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of Awards1
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateFebruary 19, 2014 (Wednesday)
Application Due DateMay 20, 2014 (Tuesday)
Application Archive DateJune 19, 2014 (Thursday)
Total Program Funding$ 5,600,000
Award AmountUp to $ 5,600,000
CFDA Number
  • 97.106 - Securing the Cities Program

Eligible Applicants

  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others - The STC Program requires a regional approach to rad/nuc detection to reduce risk to major metropolitan regions. The effort covered by this announcement focuses on the following eight Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) regions: Bay Area, CA; Boston Area, MA; Chicago Area, IL; Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, TX; Houston Area, TX; National Capital Region, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Area, PA; and San Diego Area, CA. The New York City, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Jersey City/Newark UASI regions were covered by separate STC Program Funding Opportunity Announcements and are not eligible for this announcement.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Program Information Website-
ContactOffice: Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division
Janet Bailey
Grants Officer Team Lead
Phone 202-447-0362
Grants Officer Team Lead

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