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Updated: Cooperative Agreement: Jail Administration Training and Technical Assistance
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Please see questions and answers below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to administer program delivery of the curricula associated with the Jail Administration program and the delivery of technical assistance associated with jail administrative issues. The awardee will work closely with NIC staff on all aspects of the project. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate, at a minimum, 1) in-depth knowledge of the purpose, functions, and operational complexities of local jails, 2) expertise on the key elements in jail administration, 3) experience in developing curriculum, based on adult learning principles, and 4) extensive experience in working with local jails on issues related to administration and operations.


Jail administrators have an important role in ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner. The goal of the Jail Administration program is to provide jail administrators with information and tools that can be used to fulfill this role. Jail administrators must have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas to oversee operations and manage specific functions. Each module of the current program focuses on specific administrative responsibilities and tools including: action planning; using jail standards; managing risk; developing policy and procedure; determining staffing needs; managing the workforce; managing inmate behavior; developing a fire, safety and sanitation plan and; assessing jail operations.

The NIC Jails Division is seeking one (1) qualified applicant to administer the delivery of twelve (12) Jail Administration programs and up to twenty (20) technical assistance services to requesting jails. NIC has pledged to assist counties in California with the historic changes to their operations as a result of the realignment of state level inmates held in local facilities (AB 109). As a result, three (3) of the Jail Administration programs and five (5) of the technical assistance events will be dedicated to this effort.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 18, 2017.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers 

Question: Who pays the participant (attendee) travel and per diem expenses for the Jail Administration training classes?

Answer: There are no attendee travel or per diem expenses.  Participants are expected to travel to/from their homes to attend each day.  In some cases, the requesting jurisdiction may offer to assist them with expenses but there are no requirements for the awardee to reimburse attendees.

Question: For the Objective Jail Classification class of 2 to 3 days, is there to be one pilot class with the revised curriculum, or is more than one class anticipated?

Answer: The solicitation requires only the one pilot class. 

Question: Is the 40 hour curriculum for the Jail Administration classes to be revised as part of this project or is the current curriculum to be used for the 8 to 12 classes?

Answer: The current curriculum is to be used.

Question: Can NIC provide a copy of the current curriculum for the 40 hour Jail Administration training program to prospective applicants? If so, we would appreciate receiving a copy of that curriculum.

Answer: The statement of work requires the awardee to use the current curriculum for the 5 day class. Since there is no requirement for content revision, there is no reason to provide the curriculum prior to the award being made.

Question: Are the Technical Assistance efforts included in this project limited to one or more of the four topics listed in the solicitation (Operational Assessment; Policy, Procedure and Practice Review; OJC Implementation; ReEntry Planning and Assessment), or will requests for other Technical Assistance topics be considered?

Answer: These are four broad topics that requests can fit into.  NIC will determine if a request fits into one of these areas.  Those that do not will be assigned to other NIC staff and not be part of the activities conducted under this cooperative agreement.

Question: Who will compose the "focus group" that is part of the 2 day planning meeting on OJC?

Answer: While NIC has some focus group member suggestions, the awardee may have some ideas as well so the members will be discussed and selected with the awardee.

Question: The solicitation refers to a "Logic Model". Is there an example or description of such a model?

Answer: See Generic Logic Model below.

Question: Which entity will be responsible for the training sites (cost, contracting, etc.) for the 12 jail administration classes? It doesn't sound like the awardee will be paying for this out of the cooperative agreement funds. Is that correct?

Answer: See the response to question #1 above. 

Question: As I read the solicitation, the CA Awardee will deliver one “pilot” JA training (5 days) followed by 12 JA trainings. The Awardee will also deliver up to 20 onsite TA provisions. And, finally, it is not clear to me but I think the Awardee will also deliver one, 2-3 day training on OJC (am I correct on this?).

Answer: No.  The pilot class is for the OJC.  The 12 (5-day) Jail Administration classes will be provided using the currently approved NIC curriculum. 

Question: Is this all to be conducted at $560,000 during the 12-month CA period?  

Answer: Yes.






Posted Thu, Feb 16 2017 11:12 AM by Susan Powell


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