The OPSG program supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Border Patrol (USBP), and local, tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The OPSG Program funds investments in joint efforts to secure the United States’ borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with International water borders.
Integrated Planning Teams (IPT)
The primary function of the Operation Stonegarden IPTs as designated in the FEMA Notice of Funding Opportunity is to coordinate on all aspects of OPSG application, planning and de-briefings. In making grant funding recommendations, the OPSG IPTs take into account various factors, including the need for funding to certain agencies based on the illegal activity occurring in an area and the impact that the funding will have in that area in combating transnational threats. Other factors such as the available staff of an agency, past performance under the OPSG grant, past compliance with reporting requirements and grant guidelines, the quality of the OPSG Budget Template and Justification may be taken into consideration by the OPSG IPTs in making allocation decisions. The OPSG IPTs meet on an as needed basis. The IPTs consist of representatives from:
- Border County Sheriff’s Office/Department (Chair)
- CBP/Border Patrol
- Up to two (2) municipal law enforcement agencies (two-year term)
- Tribal law enforcement agency (if applicable) (two-year term)
- Arizona Department of Public Safety
- Arizona Department of Homeland Security
The primary function of the OPSG Oversight Committee is to enhance overall policy coordination and direction of the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program in Arizona. This group does not facilitate or manage the operations or grant management associated with OPSG. Rather, the Committee members receive reports on OPSG activities from Border County Sheriffs, the CBP/Border Patrol Sectors in Tucson and Yuma, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office, and the Arizona Department of Homeland Security which is the United States Department of Homeland Security designated State Administrative Agency. These reports provide current information to all Federal, State and Local government agencies participating in OPSG as to the progress of this border security grant program which supports the Border Patrol mission. The Oversight Committee membership consists of:
- AZ Department of Homeland Security Director (Chairperson)
- AZ Department of Public Safety Director
- Cochise County Sheriff
- Santa Cruz County Sheriff
- Pima County Sheriff
- Yuma County Sheriff
- Chief Border Patrol Agent, Tucson Sector
- Chief Border Patrol Agent, Yuma Sector
- AZ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Director
Grant Award Information
FFY 2019Cochise FFY 2019 Overtime/Mileage Subrecipient Agreement - print two copies and return to AZDOHS with original signatures.
Cochise FFY 2019 Equipment Subrecipient Agreement - print two copies and return to AZDOHS with original signatures.
Yuma FFY 2019 Overtime/Mileage Subrecipient Agreement - print two copies and return to AZDOHS with original signatures.
Yuma FFY 2019 Equipment Subrecipient Agreement - print two copies and return to AZDOHS with original signatures.
Environmental and Historical Preservation (EHP) Information
OPSG Operational Forms
Guidance, Instructions & Policies
- AZDOHS Policy for Purchase of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) (July 2019)
- DHS/CISA - Best Practices for Operating Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (June 2019)
- DHS/CISA Industry Alert - Chinese Manufactured Unmanned Aircraft Systems (May 2019)
- FEMA Bulletin No. 438 - Use of OSPG Funds for SUAS, Certain Costs Related to Transportation and Medical Care (Jan 2019)
- OCIA - Cybersecurity Risks Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (May 2018)
- DHS Fact Sheet - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Law Enforcement Considerations (June 2017)
- FEMA Bulletin No. 426 - Implementation of EO13809 Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources (Nov 2017)
- DHS Fact Sheet - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenges (Feb 2017)
- FEMA Bulletin No. 407a - Use of Grant Funds for Controlled Equipment: Update for Fiscal Year 2017 (Jan 2017)
- Presidential Memo: Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of UAS (Feb 2015)