As a result of the passage of Senate Bill 12, the Governor’s Office, through its Criminal Justice Division (CJD), released a grant funding announcement for rifle-resistant body armor on July 7, 2017. In accordance with the guidelines, grant recipients may not purchase any equipment pursuant to this grant program before January 1, 2018.
The Comptroller's Statewide Procurement Division is currently working with the Governor's Office to gather information on eligible equipment to meet the requirements for National Institute of Justice standards for rifle protection as set forth in SB12.
The CJD funding announcement states “Grant funds are restricted to obtaining body armor compliant with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard (Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor NIJ Standard-0101.06) type III (rifles) or type IV (armor piercing rifle) body armor, including bullet-resistant vests, ballistic plates, and plate carriers.” More information is available in the Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant announcement.
Per the Governor’s grant announcement, in order to submit a grant application, law enforcement agencies are required to submit a budget line item for each type of item being purchased, including the expected make and model of the item and the quantity of each item to be purchased.
The Comptroller's office currently has some equipment available through existing statewide TXMAS contracts or by quote with contractors on term contract. An expanded range of equipment will be available by the January 1, 2018, eligibility date.
Law enforcement equipment catalog options are shown below:
TXMAS-14-84070 First Responder Equipment - Safety Supply, Inc.
TXMAS-17-8403 Security and Uniforms - Galls, LLC.
|Items listed on the existing contract through Texas SmartBuy include some equipment available to order that may be grant eligible.|
|NASPO ValuePoint Body Armor Contract||The Comptroller's office is in the process of adding this as a Texas statewide contract and expects to have items on these catalogs available to purchase through TxSmartBuy.com on or before Jan. 1, 2018.|
|680-A1 Term Contract||Contractors awarded this statewide contract may have grant-eligible items not currently listed on TxSmartBuy.com. Law enforcement agencies may contact these companies to determine if non-catalog items eligible for the grant are available. After Jan. 1, these items may be ordered through the TxSmartBuy.com quote order process.|
Please note that Texas SmartBuy contracts may not cover all items available for grant funding. While state agencies are required to purchase off statewide contracts unless otherwise permitted, local government entities (active Texas Smartbuy Members) may, but are not required to, purchase items eligible for grant funding through Texas SmartBuy.