District Attorney - High Technology Identity Theft Grant Funding Augmentation

DATE: December 9, 2003
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: DISTRICT ATTORNEY – HIGH TECHNOLOGY IDENTITY THEFT GRANT FUNDING AUGMENTATION (OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANNING)

SUMMARY:
Overview
This is a request to receive and appropriate revenue in the amount of $83,500 from the Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP), which will augment the current High Technology Identity Theft grant award of $570,000. District Attorney State Seized Asset Forfeiture monies will be used to support the legislatively required match of $20,875 and there is no addition of staff years. The grant period for the High Technology Identity Theft Program is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

Recommendation(s)
District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis and Chairman Greg Cox

  1. Waive Board Policy B-29, Fees, Grants, Revenue Contracts – Department responsibility for cost recovery, which requires full cost recovery for grants.
  2. Waive Board Policy A-91, Mid-Year Budget Changes.
  3. Ratify the signature of the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on the Standard Agreement for the High Technology Identity Theft Program. The grant period for the High Technology Identity Theft Program is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.
  4. Establish appropriations of $20,875 within the District Attorney’s State Seized Asset Forfeiture Fund for the High Technology Identity Theft Program based on available State Asset Forfeiture Fund Balance. (4 Votes)
  5. Establish appropriations of $104,375 in the Office of the District Attorney for services and supplies based on unanticipated revenue from the Office of Criminal Justice Planning and an operating transfer from the State Seized Asset Forfeiture Fund. (4 Votes)

Fiscal Impact
Funds for this request are not included in the District Attorney’s Fiscal Year 2003-04 Adopted Operational Plan for the High Technology Identity Theft Program. If approved, this request will result in current year direct cost and revenue of $104,375, which includes $83,500 of grant revenue from the Office of Criminal Justice Planning and a legislatively required match of $20,875, which will be satisfied by District Attorney State Seized Asset Forfeiture funds. This request will result in no future year cost, and it will not require additional staff years.

Business Impact Statement
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Advisory Board Statement
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BACKGROUND:
On December 3, 2002 (31), your Board of Supervisors approved the submission and ratified acceptance of the Second Year High Technology Identity Theft Program. This action helped solidify the Computer and Technology Crime High Tech Response Team (CATCH), a highly successful multi-agency regional network devoted to investigating and prosecuting all criminals and similar enterprises that seek to exploit and utilize technology for criminal gain. On December 2, 2003 (9), your Board continued its support of the District Attorney’s High Technology Identity Theft by approving the submission and ratifying the acceptance of the Third Year High Technology Identity Theft Program. These additional one-time grant funds and legislatively required match will be used to purchase additional forensic tools used by Identity Theft Program investigators and to upgrade existing equipment to keep pace with the technology used by identity theft suspects. To support the additional forensic tools, these funds will also be used to fund a two-week training course on computer forensic training.

Linkage to the County of San Diego Strategic Plan
This proposal supports the Safe and Livable Communities Initiatives of the County’s Strategic Plan by increasing community residents’ accountability for public safety. Further, this proposal also supports the Fiscal Stability and Regional Leadership disciplines of the County’s Strategic Plan by providing for an identity theft program dedicated to combating identity theft crimes in the region.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

BONNIE DUMANIS
District Attorney

GREG COX
Chairman