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January 4, 2006

Local reactions to the UASI grants

Filed under: Risk Assessment,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on January 4, 2006

There’s a lot of reaction in newspapers around the country today to DHS’s announcement of the Urban Area Security Initiative grants on Tuesday, as detailed in these earlier posts here and here.

Officials in the SF Bay Area don’t know how they’re going to be able to cooperate on a single grant proposal. State and local officials in Las Vegas and San Diego are upset at not being on the lisk of “high-risk” cities (rightfully, I think, given the port & military assets in San Diego, and Las Vegas’ known history of terror-related threats). Seattle and New York, among others, are moderately happy with the new allocation.

On a final note, I’d like to recommend again a RAND report entitled “Estimating Terror Risk” that I highlighted in a post about a month ago. The report focuses precisely on the UASI grant program in its analysis, and the data in it might very well have been the basis for some of the risk prioritization decisions made by Sec. Chertoff yesterday – although there are clear discrepancies between their rankings of metropolitan areas and the Department’s list (e.g. San Diego is in the middle of the pack in the RAND report). It’s a good contextual read for people who are trying to understand the decisions made yesterday.

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January 5, 2006 @ 2:12 am

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January 30, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

[…] The ODP website now contains two documents that are very helpful in trying to understand the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant process: a “Discussion of the FY 2006 Risk Methodology” and a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. These two documents answer some of my questions about what went into the process to determine grant eligibility, a topic that I wrote about extensively at the beginning of January. […]


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March 30, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

[…] This comes on the heels of a meeting that Sec. Chertoff held in February to reevaluate Las Vegas’ eligibility for UASI grants, and a lot of criticism about the exclusion of San Diego and Las Vegas. I wrote in Januarythat these two cities had good reason to be upset about their exclusion, and I’m glad to see that DHS is reconsidering their involvement in the UASI program. […]

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