COPS grants give local law enforcement the resources to serve their communities in new ways. With those resources, however, comes responsibility. Federal guidelines establish the requirements associated with COPS grants, and it is the responsibility of the COPS Office to ensure that those guidelines are met. The following sections outline the various ways in which the COPS Office meets its responsibilities, as well as the tools COPS has to help recipients manage their grants most effectively. The COPS Office works closely with the Office of the Comptroller (OC) and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to make sure each grantee is able to make good on the responsibilities it accepts with a COPS grant.
Please be advised that the Anti-Lobbying Act (18 U.S.C. § 1913) was recently amended to expand the penalties for restrictions against using Federal funds for lobbying activity. The amendment provides that Federal funds cannot be used, directly or indirectly, to influence a Member of Congress, a jurisdiction, or an official of any government, to favor, adopt, or oppose, by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy or appropriation whether before or after the introduction of any bill, measure, or resolution proposing such legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation. The amendment makes the anti-lobbying restrictions enforceable via large civil penalties, with fines between $10,000 and $100,000 per each occurrence. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is currently considering amending the OMB cost circulars and the common rule (codified at 28 C.F.R. Part 69 for DOJ grantees) to reflect the amendment.