The NIJ, part of the US Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP), oversees the creation and maintenance of federal body armor standards, most recently NIJ Standard-0101.06 for ballistic resistance and NIJ Standard-0115.00 for stab resistance. It also maintains the Compliant Products List (CPL) of all products that meet NIJ standards and are necessary to meet BVP grant funding requirements.
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership is a grant funding program that helps defray up to 50% of the cost of body armor for eligible agencies. The BVP was created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 and is a US Department of Justice program administered by the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Ballistic models must be certified to NIJ Standard-0101.06 to qualify for BVP funding. Applications are accepted annually during the summer months and funds are allocated later in the year.
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