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December 6, 2005

National Review editorial on risk-based grants

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Risk Assessment — by Christian Beckner on December 6, 2005

This editorial in the National Review today follows up on one “F” grade in the 9/11 PDP Report, and chastises Congress for their failure to move towards risk-based funding for state and local grants…an issue that has been on the political radar screen for three years now, inching slowly forward, but still not yet where it needs to be.

The crux of the issue:

The sad reality is that we will never have enough money to grant every request for assistance and protect ourselves against every conceivable threat. Given our limitations, the rational thing would be to let our spending be guided by an objective risk assessment, giving priority to areas where the odds of an attack — and the likely consequences of attack — are highest. That is the view of the officials at the Department of Homeland Security, and a consensus opinion of security experts.

But in Congress, reason counts for little when pitted against parochial interests…

Read the whole thing.

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