Administrative Manager Thomas H. Mongeau

Administrative Manager Mongeau

Thomas H. Mongeau serves as the Administrative Manager of the Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office. He is responsible for overseeing the planning, policy implementation, and direction of grants that fund public safety programs throughout the state.

Prior to his current position, Administrative Manager Mongeau served 26 years on the Narragansett Rhode Island Police Department, retiring as Executive Officer holding the rank of Captain.

Mr. Mongeau is a graduate of the 193rd Session of the FBI National Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Criminal Justice from Bryant University. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

Mission

To facilitate inter-agency cooperation and collaboration throughout the Rhode Island criminal justice system by way of strategic planning, program coordination, data collection and statistical analysis; while providing fair, efficient and accountable grant administration so as to improve the state's overall response to crime and victimization and enhance public safety.

Statutory Authority

The Rhode Island Justice Commission was established in 1969 by Title 42, Chapter 26 of the Rhode Island General Laws. Effective July 1, 2008 the agency was merged into the RI Department of Public Safety and the name was changed to the Public Safety Grant Administration Office. Legal authorization can be found in the State's General Laws, specifically Chapter 26, Sections 42-26.1 through 42-26-13, 42-26-17.

Fiscal Administration

The Director of Finance for the Central Management Office develops the Public Safety Grant Administration Office's operating budget and monitors fiscal accounts for all PSGAO grants. The staff of the PSGAO processes payment to subgrantees, provides periodic accounting of the various grants, accompanies grant administrators on site visits and prepares quarterly and annual financial reports for submission to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the US Department of Justice.

What We Do

The Rhode Island Public Safety Grant Administration Office (PSGAO), formerly the Rhode Island Justice Commission, is the agency within the Central Management of the Department of Public Safety charged with planning, coordination, data collection, statistical analysis and grant administration and distribution for the adult criminal and juvenile justice systems. Through these efforts the PSGAO develops comprehensive programming for the purpose of improving the state's overall response to crime issues.

PSGAO staffers administer specifically assigned grant programs. Each of the federal/state grant programs require many administrative activities that include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • liaise with and staff the appropriate advisory committee(s);
  • develop and submit program plan and application;
  • develop RFP (request for proposals) and subgrant application; review submitted applications;
  • present advisory committee recommendations to the Policy Board;
  • create subrecipient databases; craft grant awards and distribute;
  • create and maintain subgrant files;
  • liaise with fiscal administrator to process subgrant payments;
  • monitor and evaluate programs/projects via both desk audits and on-site visits;
  • prepare annual program progress reports;
  • provide administrative support/technical assistance to subrecipients;
  • perform grant closeout and audit procedures; and
  • other various requirements unique to the various programs.

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History

The Rhode Island Justice Commission was established in 1969 by Title 42, Chapter 26 of the Rhode Island General Laws. Effective July 1, 2008 the agency was merged into the RI Department of Public Safety and the name was changed to the Public Safety Grant Administration Office. Legal authorization can be found in the State's General Laws, specifically Chapter 26, Sections 42-26.1 through 42-26-13, 42-26-17.

The Public Safety Grant Administration Office has dramatically enhanced its planning and coordinating service to the criminal justice community since reorganizing in 1994 when the agency's staffing level was increased from four to eight. Additionally, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 created a host of new federal initiatives for which the agency is now responsible. A Grants Assistant was added in July 1999. These appropriate staffing levels have allowed program personnel to seek out and administer new grant programs, plan and implement many statewide training sessions and conferences, as well as to disseminate more discretionary grant information to prospective applicants.

In 1994, the Public Safety Grant Administration Office administered five grant programs at a total of $2.9 million, resulting in the awarding of approximately 125 subgrants. Currently, the agency handles ten to twelve grant programs averaging nearly $10-12 million annually and producing over 200 annual subgrants. The number of grants and the amount of money may vary from year to year depending on the federal emphasis such as violent crime, juvenile delinquency and prevention, the need for improved access to criminal history information, domestic violence programs, victim's rights or information technology.