9 LEAA Newsl. 1 (1979-1980)

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Conference Committee Agreement Reached

Congress Approves OJARS Umbrella Agency

  A  U .S. Senate and  House  of Rep-
resentatives conference committee has
approved  establishment of the Office of
Justice  Assist nce,  Research,   and
Stat istics (OJARS)   for four  years,
bringing under its umbrella LEAA, the
National Institute of justice (NIJ), and
the Bureau  of Justice Statistics (BJS),
   The  action came November   8, and
was  subject to Senate and House ratifi-
cation. The bill was expected to be sent
to the White House  for the President's
signature  in December   when  it will
become  The  Justice System Improve-
ment  Act of 1979.
  C)JARS   will operate on a pitViOuSI
approved  S486 million budget. It will be
the  coordinalting body for the  three
bureaus:  resolve differences between
them;  and, together  wxith I IAA, set
policy for, the nttional priority and dis-
cretionary gra nt prograins.
  C JARS   and ech  of the burea us will
be headed  by a presidential aippointee.
The  l    ,fives the Attorney General

authority  to  designate  the current
I EAA   administrator and  deputy ad-
ministrator to serve ui to three months
as heads of Q)JARS and/or the bureaus
pending  the appointment of perianent
administrators. The NIJ  and BJS  will
have  pfresidenitiilly-appointed advisory
  Approximately  $240 million has been
allocated for formula grants to states
under Part I) of the justice Systen im-
fIrovement At r for fiscal year 1980. The
funds will be distributed by first allo-
cating $300,000 to each state, and then
allocating the reimalining funds on a
populaition basis.
  0Cis  and  counties, or combinations
of the txe wo, with populations exceeding
100,000 will be entitled to a share of the
state forriula funding provided  their
crimlinal justice expenditures total at
Iast $50,000.
  Uder the foriila grait progt;iii.
the federal share of the cost of action
projects is up to 90 percent, with cash

iatch  being provided for the rest. Since
thie legi'slation will not take effect until
well into fiscal year 1980, the 10 percent
match  requirement  was deferred until
fiscal 1981
   State fuinding2  of subgra nt s under tre
formula  girant program is limited to 22
specific program areas. Under  this re-
quirement, each  funded progiram ttiust
have a record of proven success or have
a high  probability of' imiproving crirm-
inal or juverile justice systemi funtctionus.
   No new  construction willl be permnit-
led  under  the act  IEq(uiipmiintt fpur-
chases ate limited sharply by the new
  At   least  19 15  percent  of  api-
Propriatd   funds  imust be  used  for
juvenile delinquecy programns with
priiiry  emtilphasis on serioLus juvenile
  In addition to the discretionitry\ and
ntu)iional priorit programs, LEIAA also
ill  administer tIhe comml ulity5 anti-
crime   iora I

  As the holiday season draws near, my first year as administrator of LEAA ends. I want to thank all of you for
your efforts in support of our program, and for responding so magnificently to the demands made upon you.
  We have shown that we are willing to do more with less; and while our budgetary cuts have been significant, I
am confident our program will grow stronger. Major initiatives such as arson, victim 'witness, and jury reform
that have been launched at the federal level already are reaping huge support at the state and local levels.
  These have not been easy times. But state and local cooperation has never been better. In fact, it is the spirit of
cooperation among criminal justice professionals across the nation-all of us pulling together-that has brought
us the new legislative mandate under which we will operate for the next four years.
  You've worked with us. We will continue to work with you. I look forward to a period of rewarding effort that
will renew the public's confidence in the criminal justice system, and ultimately make our program a model of
creative planning and sound administration.
  To all of you, and to your families, I want to extend, in behalf of all of us at the Law Enforcement Assistance
Administration, a happy and prosperous 1980, a fitting start to a new decade, and, in the field of criminal justice,
a new beginning.


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