Investment Justifications IJ Template and Examples

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IJ Template and

                                       Make Up of an IJ
For each Investment or project, 6
basic questions need to be
addressed within each funding

   PSIC Grant Program Administered by National Telecommunications and Information Administration
PSIC IJ Requirements Checklist
                                    Requirements                                                   IJs
SCIP/PSIC Related: Coordination with Locals
SCIP/PSIC Related: Coordination with Non Governmental
SCIP/PSIC Related: Coordination with Tribes
1. Tech: Adopt Advanced Technology Solutions                                                       a
2. Tech: Improve Spectrum Efficiency                                                               a
3. Tech: Use Cost-Effective Measures                                                               a
4. All Haz: Areas at high-risk for natural disasters                                               a
5. All Haz: Urban/Metro Area at high risk for terrorism                                            a
6. Strategic Technology Reserve                                                                    a
7. Multi-Jurisdictional                                                                            a
8. Multi-Agency                                                                                    a
9. Separate and Unique                                                                             a
10. Target SCIP Gaps in IJ Development                                                             a
   PSIC Grant Program Administered by National Telecommunications and Information Administration
               General IJ Considerations
 Only the information included in the Statewide Plan and IJ will be reviewed in the peer
  review process. Applicants cannot rely on references to other sources of information to
  explain their response.

 Applicants are encouraged to minimize the use of acronyms, proper nouns (e.g. names
  of service providers or contractors) and highly-technical terms specific to their
  Investment. If these acronyms, names, or terms must be used, they should be clearly

 States and Territories are strongly encouraged to coordinate with each other to present
  an application that represents a collaborative, integrated approach, and to avoid
  duplication of efforts.

 To aid applicants in adhering to character limits, text boxes for character-limited
  responses are sized to the length of the response and the character count.

 Although the text boxes for these questions will accept an unlimited amount of text, text
  exceeding the character limits will not be reviewed.

 Space has been provided in section X. Attachments (Optional) of each Investment to
  include a graphic (e.g., organizational chart) relevant to the Investment.

The Template

                                                      State IJ Packet
 SAA is responsible to submit the Investment Justification
  on behalf of the States

 SAA to submit:
   Up to 10 Investments for each State, including one Investment for the Strategic
   Technology Reserve
   Overall Summary Tab
         Summary of PSIC Investments
         Summary of Investments related to statewide strategy/plan
         Describe process used to identify, prioritize and select Investments
         Describe stakeholder involvement in the evaluation and selection of proposals
   Overall Funding Tab: State must submit funding plan for the up to 10 Investments
   which roll-up into this overall tab.

Investment Justification Elements
            The Investment Justification Template
               contains the following sections

   PSIC Grant Program Administered by National Telecommunications and Information Administration

• Investment Heading
   – State/Territory name
   – Investment name
   – Total PSIC funding requested

• Project Narrative
   – Interoperability problems
   – Proposed solutions
   – Expected outcomes
   – Partners and end users involved
   – Plan to use or interoperate in public safety spectrum or
     improve/advance interoperability
   – Plans to evaluate the Investment


• Historical Funding
   – Past funding for Investment
   – Requested funding for Investment
   – Dedicated or proposed funding for Investment

• Need
   – Status of Investment, objectives and completed outcomes to date
   – Reference PSIC objectives

• Governance
   – Structure
   – Activities

• Stakeholders
   – Public Safety Involvement (State, local, and Tribal governments and authorized
     nongovernmental organizations)

                                                     Template Criteria
• Funding Plan:
   –   Estimated cost for the Investment through the PSIC period of performance
   –   Describe non-federal matching sources
   –   Detail an expenditure plan to meet September 30, 2010 deadline

• Milestones:
   –   List up to 10 specific milestones for the Investment (i.e. description, start/end date)

• Project Management:
   –   Describe the management team responsible for implementing Investment
   –   Describe key investment roles and responsibilities, structures, and subject matter expertise (i.e. the
       project manager and contracts management structure)

• Investment Challenges:
   –   Describe up to 5 potential challenges (i.e. challenge mitigation, occurrence probability, and impact
   –   Consider technical feasibility of the Investment challenge


• Outcomes:
   – Describe outcomes that indicate a successful Investment
   – Describe reasons why Investment will advance the communications capabilities for
   – Must also address how the outcomes will be evaluated

• Cost-Effective:
   – Describe cost-effective measures that will support a successful Investment

• Sustainability:
   – Describe the long-term approach to sustaining this Investment