FY2020 Funding Available for Tobacco Enforcement Program (TEP)

Solicitation Overview

As part of the state’s Tobacco Enforcement Program (TEP), the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University (TxSSC) is soliciting *new local law enforcement agencies to submit applications for the purpose of conducting controlled buy/stings and follow-up controlled buy/stings of tobacco permitted and e-cigarette retail outlets statewide for State Fiscal Year 2020.

The expected funding period will be January 1, 2020 - August, 31, 2020.

*A new local law enforcement agency is defined as a local law enforcement agency that is not currently participating in the TEP program through a contract with the TxSSC. If your agency is currently a TEP contractor your contract is eligible to be extended through August 31, 2020 and your agency will not need to submit a new application under this announcement. You will be contacted separately regarding the contract extension and amendment process and to negotiate a new workplan.

Application Information

Tobacco Enforcement Program (TEP)

Fiscal Year: 2020

Purpose of Funds:
Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) will make contracts to counties and municipalities to enable local law enforcement agencies to enforce Subchapter H, Chapter 161, Texas Health and Safety Code in a manner that can reasonably be expected to reduce the extent to which cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products are illegally sold or distributed to persons who are younger than 21 years of age. TxSSC shall rely, to the fullest extent possible, on sheriffs, constables, or police departments to enforce this subchapter. Contract amounts will be contingent on the overall number of applications received, applicant’s jurisdictional retail outlet density, and meeting goals for statewide coverage per Health and Human Services Regions.

Scope of Work:
Selected contractors providing services under this agreement will conduct on-site controlled buy/stings and follow-up controlled buy/stings involving the use of minor decoys (i.e., “Stings”), record the controlled buy/sting information on the Cigarette, E-cigarette, and Tobacco Controlled Buy/Sting Report form, and submit monthly activity reports to TxSSC. TxSSC will reimburse contracted law enforcement agencies $125.00 for each completed controlled buy/sting conducted.

As funding permits, consideration for funding levels will be given as follows:

  • Option A – When the jurisdiction has over fifty (50) tobacco permitted & e-cigarette retail outlets, law enforcement agency contractors will be funded to conduct controlled buy/stings at a minimum of 25 percent or up to a maximum of 200 percent of retail outlets in the jurisdiction.
  • Option B – When the jurisdiction has fifty (50) or less tobacco permitted & e-cigarette retail outlets, law enforcement agency contractors will be funded to conduct controlled buy/stings at a minimum of 100 percent or up to a maximum of 400 percent of retail outlets in the jurisdiction.

Use the Comptroller of Public Accounts searchable Cigarette/Tobacco Active Retailers database to determine the number of permitted retailers in your agency’s jurisdiction.

Also be sure to include an estimate of the number of vape shops and/or e-cigarette retailers in your jurisdiction that do not have a tobacco permit.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Expected Award Period is: Janary - August 2020. Agencies should plan for an 8-month funding cycle when projecting the number of stings to be conducted.

**Contractors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate approvals from their governing body (city council or county commissioner’s court) to accept the funds for implementation of contracted services on contract start date.

Applying for a Contract:
To apply for a contract, law enforcement agencies shall submit the completed FY20 TEP Agency Application online at FY20 Agency Application Form.

FY20 Agency Application Form

Application or Funding Questions:
Direct all questions regarding this funding announcement or application process to:
Bea Pyle
Tobacco Enforcement Contract Specialist
(512) 245-0821
beapyle@txstate.edu