State Strategic Planning Under the Bureau of Justice Assistance Formula Grant Program
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This Note presents a nationwide assessment of the strategic planning that states are required to perform to receive federal aid under the Drug Control and System Improvement Formula Grant Program. The principal findings include: (1) states have embraced strategic planning for drug control, (2) state strategies are not comprehensive in the sense implied by the legislation, (3) several federal mandates on strategy development are sometimes unfulfilled, (4) opposing trends in state organization of drug control planning have emerged, (5) in spite of procedural variations, states' planning decisions have elements in common, (6) states approve of the role played by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and (7) state and federal perceptions of the program's fiscal constraints differ. The authors recommend that the program's strategy requirement be maintained, that its goals be clarified, that some regulations governing strategic planning be modified, and that the BJA improve its information management and reporting.
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