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PSOB Call Line Coverage to be Expanded
The Office of Justice Programs? Bureau of Justice Assistance is now planning to expand the hours that the telephone lines dedicated to calls about the Public Safety Officers? Benefits (PSOB) Program will be staffed. Calls will soon be answered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (eastern time), Monday through Friday.

On May 14, 2009, OJP announced that it will award a $1.5 million grant to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to support another National Police Survivors’ Conference, as well as weekend retreats for survivors, training, and a host of outreach activities, including newsletters for survivors and law enforcement leaders nationwide.

Serving America's survivors and public safety communities since 1976, the PSOB Program provides support to family members and loved ones of officers killed in the line of duty by providing benefits, including death benefits and education assistance, as well as support to officers who suffer catastrophic line of duty injuries.

In addition, OJP is close to full implementation of the PSOB case management system.  This system will do two things.  First, it will capture all active cases and allow staff to closely monitor details on claims, which means increased accountability in the review process.  Second, it will allow staff to provide updates to survivors and agencies on the status of claims.  This complements PSOB Online, put in place three years ago to enable survivors to access PSOB forms and submit documents through the Internet.

Additional information about the PSOB Program is available at: http://www.psob.gov

Attorney General Holder Extends Deadline for SORNA Compliance
On May 26, Attorney General Eric Holder granted a one-year extension to all jurisdictions required to comply with the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which the Justice Department is responsible for implementing under Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

Jurisdictions now have until July 27, 2010 to substantially implement specific requirements for registering and monitoring sex offenders under the SORNA provisions of the Adam Walsh Act.  In addition to this extension, another one-year extension may be granted to jurisdictions by contacting the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) Office within the Office of Justice Programs. Find out more about SORNA implementation.

Upcoming Deadlines
Call for Nominations for 2008 - 2009 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs is accepting nominations beginning May 29, 2009 for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer.  The medal is awarded by the President to public safety officers cited by the Attorney General who have exhibited exceptional courage in protecting or saving lives.

WHAT: 2008-2009 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Nominations
Online Form at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/medalofvalor
NOMINATION PERIOD: May 29 to 8:00 PM, EDT, July 31, 2009
CRITERIA: Acts of Valor performed from June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009 by public safety officers nominated by the chief executive of their employing agencies
REFERENCES: Additional information about the Medal of Valor and those honored for their acts of courage is available on the Medal of Valor Web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/medalofvalor

OJP’s Website Has a New Look
The Office of Justice Programs has redesigned its Website to make it more user-friendly.  In addition to RSS feeds which have been available for a while, the Website is gearing up to offer social media and Web 2.0 features that will be announced when they become active.  If you have comments about the Website, please send them to:  ojp.ocom@usdoj.gov.

Recovery Act and Other News

Deputy Attorney General Announces $50 Million in Recovery Act Awards;
Recognizes Nine Individuals at Missing Children’s Day Ceremony

Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden announced on May 21, 2009 that the Department of Justice is awarding $50 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to support activities of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program. The Deputy Attorney General made the announcement in his remarks at the Department’s annual National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.

Of the $50 million in Recovery Act funds, the Department awarded $41.5 million in formula grants to the ICAC Task Forces throughout the United States. In addition to these grants, the Department will award $8.5 million for training and technical assistance, research, and communication and data infrastructure. To learn more about Recovery Act grants and the status of awards, visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/recovery.

The national network of 59 ICAC Task Forces represent more than 2,000 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies engaged in developing an effective response to sexual predators who target children via the Internet and other electronic devices. During the past two years, the ICAC Task Forces have successfully conducted more than 24,371 forensic examinations, identified nearly 1,439 abused or neglected children, and arrested 5,450 individuals.

During the Missing Children’s Day ceremony, the Deputy Attorney General acknowledged the dedication of law enforcement and concerned citizens for their courageous efforts to recover missing or abducted children and combat child exploitation.  In addition to the Deputy Attorney General, the ceremony included remarks by Laurie O. Robinson, OJP’s Acting Assistant Attorney General.  More details about the nine recipients honored are available.

Attorney General Eric Holder Announces $100 Million in Recovery Act Funding at National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award Ceremony

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on April 24, 2009 that the Department of Justice is awarding $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to victim assistance and compensation programs.  The Attorney General made the announcement in his remarks at the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards Ceremony where he recognized 10 individuals and programs for their service to crime victims.

The Department through OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will distribute $95 million in state formula grants to victim assistance and compensation programs. An additional $5 million in Recovery Act discretionary funds will be used to provide training and technical assistance and to support demonstration programs in areas ranging from child abuse to sexual assault to victim services in corrections later this year. More information can be found at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/recoverycvfa2009.html

Bios and other details about the recipients of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards can be found at:   http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2009/DOJ_090424.htm